Fuel suppliers need real-time data to gain mobility.
Fuel suppliers need real-time data to gain mobility.

Fuel suppliers that rely on pen-and-paper methods are a bit of a paradox. Despite having a fleet of vehicles rolling down the roads at any given moment, companies using manual methods face more limits to being active and responsive. Mobility is yet another dominant trend in 21st century business made possible by new technology. And although many fuel distribution companies are mobile in the most practical sense – their profit is seemingly always on the move – often lacking true operational mobility.

In today’s terms, mobility means having the data and the tools to respond in real time. It also means having uptime wherever you are, whether working on a desktop in the office or on a tablet in the field. An ability to work across devices and with the highest degree of capability is essential to bringing true mobility to your fuel supply operation.

However, as one could imagine, manual methods won’t cut it: Fuel distributors need software to gain the type of agility and responsiveness needed for true mobility.

Lack of insight, visibility bogs down suppliers

Managing a fleet of vehicles and their loads can be a time- and resource-intensive responsibility, especially if companies use spreadsheets to track everything. There’s simply too many moving pieces (literally) in fuel supply operations to make manual methods of recording effective. Consider how long it might take to reconcile a delivery if buried in mountains of paperwork or in cell A756. Add to that the risk of human error, and soon a business is operating a month behind with a misinformed understanding of the situation.

Such breakdowns and snags in the fuel delivery process can be fatal flaws for companies that need to monitor constantly moving assets. There’s a reason why real-time data has become such a priority for businesses of all stripes.

Yet the lack of mobility also affects fuel supply companies in other ways. Managing dispatch and drivers on the road is a crucial task, and it is critically important that the process is automated and informed by real-time data to the highest degree a company can achieve. Any slowdowns in your central office manifest on the road, letting your profits idle or decrease.

Mobility is now for fuel distributors

The remedy to this lack of mobility is in software tools that give fuel suppliers the means to monitor and analyze data in real time.

Consider how dispatch management can improve when companies use features like geo-fencing to keep constant eyes on drivers, loads and profits. Geo-fencing is a tool that allows businesses to set up digital geographic boundaries to which specific vehicles are restricted. Get a notification that a driver left an area, and businesses instantly know they have a mistake in the route or something more problematic on their hands.

Being active and responsive to demands and needs is another benefit to mobility. Instead of waiting on outdated metrics or guessing when making an important decision (replenishment), fuel suppliers can rely on real-time, accurate data for more insight. The future is only going to get more tech-heavy, and fuel suppliers need to gain tools for mobility in order to compete.

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