Fuel delivery companies can utilize geo-location services to better manage dispatch and delivery.
Fuel delivery companies can utilize geo-location services to better manage dispatch and delivery.

Logistics are a burden for many fuel distributors: It can feel like you’re tracking a million moving pieces. This is especially true if they depend on manual processes (like pen and paper or spreadsheets) to keep track of their orders, loads in transit, drivers and every other variable that factors into getting fuel from point A to point B: and getting you paid.

Too often, businesses feel the sting of inefficient logistics in their bottom line.

It’s important to note that logistics is not just another process. When optimized correctly, it can become a revenue driver for fuel operations whose successes so inherently depend on getting the right product to the right buyer in the fastest time. Add to this the customer experience that fuel suppliers must also deliver on, and the task can begin to seem untenable – that is, it can seem impossible without the right tools. Logistics software that allows companies to gather real-time data and automate certain workflows is the No. 1 need among many fuel distributors.

Here are some of the software features organizations can capitalize on starting today:

End-to-end paperless load closure

Paper is the bane of many a business’s existence. Important documents get misplaced in the shuffle, or even lost completely. At the very least, paper actively prevents fuel distributors from having the insight and visibility needed to ensure load closure and ultimate delivery. However, when companies can leverage an automated data capture system, they can more accurately track operations and ensure delivery. End-to-end load closure is a complex enough responsibility for operations to handle, and businesses only make it harder on themselves without the aid of logistics software.

“When optimized correctly, logistics is a money-maker for fuel distributors.”

Dispatch and in-truck order/delivery management

Speaking of visibility, fuel suppliers often lose sight into load deliveries in transit when they don’t have the right tools. This lack of transparency opens companies up to the risks of theft or simply a delivery gone bad (which could cost the business both revenue and reputation). With the right logistics software, fuel operations can utilize advanced features like geo-location services that allow fleet managers to expertly track loads and ensure they’re always on the right track.

Optimized route and shift planning

Even when loads are on that right track, revenue leaks may still be common. Without the use of advanced logistical planning software, companies rely on their traditional understandings of routes and shift planning. If operations stick to business as usual, they might overlook opportunities to increase efficiency. That’s why logistics software with optimized route and shift planning is among a fuel supplier’s greatest assets, giving them insight into improvements and cost-cutting measures that weren’t clear before.

Fuel distributors need logistics software: Those with outdated tools stand to lose too much revenue due to needless errors and lack of transparency. When they have the right solutions, businesses can turn logistics from a headache into a bright spot of efficiency and effectiveness.

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