The canals of Venice ran clear. The skies over Delhi were pristine. Urban traffic jams were practically non-existent.
The global lockdown caused by the coronavirus crisis showed us what a world with only the absolute minimum of freight transportation necessary looked like and, despite the frustrations, we liked these aspects of it, at least.
Now, as the world gets back behind the wheel, into the truck cab, and onto the ship deck, there’s more pressure than ever on the freight industry to keep operations efficient and green.
One of the painful lessons learned during the pandemic has been how truly inefficient transportation and delivery operations can get when responding to rapid change. Companies scrambling to switch suppliers, alter distribution patterns and even deliver to a whole new set of end-customers didn’t have the time or resources to prioritize cost and fossil fuel reduction. Frankly, they were struggling to contain fleet operations costs before the coronavirus hit. But fighting for survival tends to use up everything you’ve got.
Now that we face a future where we know how inefficient things get and how it would look if we kept freight miles to a minimum, green trucking suddenly seems more attractive than ever — even imperative.
Good route optimization software helps solve many of the route planning problems highlighted and exacerbated by the pandemic — including the need to quickly adjust routes to new demand patterns or sudden spikes and drops in demand. It also reduces your business costs and carbon footprint.
It’s time for lean and green to replace lean and mean.
Let’s break down the benefits of truck routing software as it relates to green freight initiatives:
The bottom line is this: If you are using your resources to the fullest, you are putting fewer trucks on the road, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint. Your business can quickly and easily plan deliveries and collections while reducing waste in the network.
Reducing CO2, congestion and air pollution might not always be the first reason why companies choose route optimization systems, but with grassroots demand for green services growing, these are likely to be increasingly important factors.
Whether you’re interested in implementing green trucking practices, or simply saving a substantial amount in transportation costs, reach out to us today to see how truck routing software can help your business.
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