Stress-free logistics - 8 problems that trucking solves, part 2
What do entrepreneurs expect from the companies they work with? High quality, timeliness, competitive pricing, but most of all - problem solving. It is no different in the highly competitive logistics market. A lot of problems of the heads of logistics operators are resolved by the trucking service, an alternative to performing transports on one's own.
5. The problem with freezing capital in fleet and salaries
It would seem that nowadays, with competitive and attractive fleet financing terms, this argument can be shelved. In fact, leasing or renting a tractor unit does not mean that you can pick it up and hit the road just like that, and the truck will start earning money just moments after leaving the dealership. The truck needs to be registered, insured, refuelled, and retrofitted to meet the needs and tasks of transport... And it's just a truck that won't drive itself. You still have to have drivers. Before that, you have to invest capital in their recruitment, adaptation and training, and of course salaries..
6. The problem of fragmentation - income and support processes
The goal of any business, including transport, is basically the same - to focus on sales and deliverables while rationally optimizing costs. All other processes, while necessary, should not engage the entrepreneur too much. Human resources, bookkeeping, equipment maintenance, warehouse management - these are all support activities that need to be done, but not necessarily by yourself. A similar idea is behind trucking. Using modern trucks and the help of a skilled team allows logistics operators or other entities that need to carry out transport tasks to focus on what brings in money - their product and their customers' needs. In a fiercely competitive environment, this is the way to provide strategic advantage and added value - often crucial to clients' purchasing decisions.
7. The problem of maintaining mobility
With own fleet and drivers, any breakdown, downtime or illness is a worry for the carrier. The trucking service is different. Here, the responsibility for performance lies with the service provider. - We implement a fleet and driver management model which allows us to quickly provide a replacement vehicle and crew if the contracted tractor or drivers are unable to perform a task, e.g. due to a breakdown or collision. We know that maintaining mobility is a problem for logistics operators, so our ambition is to be prepared for emergencies - declares Kierzek.
8. Image problems
A modern contract carrier provides trucking services with tractors of reputable brands driven by trained and responsible drivers. – The average age of our tractors is 1.5 years. We know that a young fleet means not only a lower risk of breakdowns, but also a good image. We give clients confidence that their semi-trailers will be pulled by trucks that look good and reinforce a consistent image of reliable transport - Kierzek says. Responsible driver recruitment, adaptation and training processes are calculated to minimize driving risks. Naturally, no contract carrier can eliminate it 100%, but vetted drivers mean that a client doesn't have to worry about their trailer or their brand, being linked to some embarrassing situation on the road caused by an irresponsible driver.