International transport and logistics companies know that performance is key. Just like any other business, it all starts with being well trained and well prepared. Especially, when it comes to international transport and things like border formalities. Does the driver know the route, and did he or she have a good night sleep? Are the transported goods in line with the classification? Has all paperwork been done by the time the truck trailer combination arrives at the border?
To ensure that the import or export permit is available; the end-user certificate, the invoice for the goods, and a fax with the order. A lot of frustration and time is saved when an international transport company is well prepared.
Avoid road incidents
So far everything for your international transport is under control. The total supply chain is run by human beings who must rely on solid technical equipment. You don’t want any incidents caused by bad wiring or brakes. When the journey begins, the fleet manager can inform the customer that the cargo is ‘en-route’. However, sometimes things do not work out as planned. For example, maybe one of the trailer tyres has a slow leak and the driver nor the fleet manager are aware of this.
You can avoid this, by checking the tyre pressure using TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), which can be seen by both driver and fleet manager. It can happen that drivers only see the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) and don’t spend that little extra time checking the tyre pressure before they head off. A fleet manager can then make a more rational decision to schedule an extra stop and inform the customer that the goods are still moving. Remember, safety is more important than anything!
KPI and hidden costs
Tyre management and TPMS go hand in hand if you take your trailer maintenance seriously. Of course, managers always look at KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) that drive cost and service performance. Fuel related costs are just one of them, but having proper maintenance on all trailers is another. If you are currently managing this yourself, just take a moment to measure the time you spend on planning your regular maintenance, annual road worthiness inspections, and tyre management. Plus, figuring out how this all will fit into the daily schedule of each trailer.
If you think you could use some help with your fleet management and maintenance planning to streamline your business, you should talk to TIP Trailer Services.
Focus on core business
TIP Trailer Services provides trailer leasing, rental, maintenance and repair as well as other value added solutions to transportation and logistics customers across Europe. We supply you with products and services from seventy locations in Europe spread over sixteen countries.
Our services include a wide variety of products and services ranging from specifying and sourcing of equipment to lease and rental, daily operations, maintenance and repair as well as the buying and selling of used assets. In our one-stop-shop all your needs are managed by a single point of contact. Combine our value-added services to create your own trailer-made solution!
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