Whether you operate a majority or new or used forklifts, fleet is a critical part of your operation. And chances are that there’s some room for improvement in terms of its management. Good fleet management means you’re reducing overall costs and improving efficiency, productivity, safety, and compliance. Whether you’re new to the fleet management role, or just looking for some ways to increase efficiency, we’ve got some quick tips below that should help!
- Evaluate your fleet on regular basis. Keeping appraisals of your fleet up to date can help you track of the value of your equipment on hand and when machines needs to be replaced. It’s important to keep records on the age, mileage, condition, and maintenance of your machines. All this information will come in handy when you need to sell or replace forklifts. By assessing your fleet inventory, you can decide whether you’ll need all your current equipment for future projects. If not, you auction that equipment and save on maintenance.
- Find a dealer that understands all your material handling needs. The best-case scenario when it comes to fleet management is building a relationship with a company that you trust. It’s important to be able to go to a partner that can provide total solutions in all areas of your operation. When looking for a dealer, a marketplace like 123Forklift is a great way to connect with trusted providers in your area that can give you the best value.
- Proper training will save in overall costs and headaches. When your operators and general workers are given comprehensive safety training, you reduce the risk of equipment damages, injuries, and insurance costs. Well-trained operators are also likely to make fewer mistakes and can focus on increasing warehouse productivity. You can find training programs through your local dealer or compliance training businesses.
- Fleet Management Software. There is a number of vehicle fleet management software out there. These types of programs can help you to track operating costs, equipment conditions, and operating behaviors. This type of automated monitoring will make your job easier and help to reduce costs, manage drivers, and optimize performance in the warehouse. Several manufacturers produce their own versions of forklift management systems. Speak to your dealer and do ask for referrals to determine the best solution for your business.
- Performance. Stay in tune with equipment advancements that may help increase productivity. Work with your dealer to stay on top of the latest product availability and resources. When it comes to maintenance, consider negotiating a fixed-price maintenance contract with your local dealers to perform all needed repairs for a monthly fee. This will free you from worrying about the cost of individual issues and focus on other things.