Important Considerations When Choosing a Fleet Management Solution

Fleet Management

The Most Important Considerations When Choosing a Fleet Management Solution

For people managing shipping operations and other commercial vehicle fleets, the right fleet management solution can be one of your most important operational tools.  There are numerous options and fleet management software products on the market, and while many are excellent, not every solution is right for every challenge.

It’s not a question of finding the best fleet management solution, but rather finding the best solution for your particular needs.

So, what factors should you consider?  Based on our decades of experience helping commercial fleets achieve maximum optimization, these are the areas we suggest fleet managers focus on when choosing between management solutions.

Four Critical Factors to Consider When Researching Fleet Management Solutions

1 – Your own pain points

More than anything else, the fleet management software solution you choose should address the problems that you are having in day-to-day operations.  At first, pass, don’t worry about extra features or added bells and whistles.  Think about the areas that cause you pain in your own management and look for solutions that will address those pain points first and foremost.

2 – A well-chosen feature set that reduces complexity

Another common mistake we often see is fleets choosing management solutions that are packed full of features – including features they may not ever use.  Besides typically adding to the costs of these software packages, it also adds complexity and difficulty to their operation.  A good fleet management package should be as easy to use as possible, to reduce training costs, and streamline day-to-day operation.

Plus, the best software options are modular.  If there’s a particular feature you might need someday, just wait.  You can probably add it later when the time comes.

3 – Scalability

Sure, that software package you’re looking at is sufficient for your needs today, but how long will that last?  Look at your rates of business growth, as well as your overall goals for your business.  Choose a management solution that will be able to grow with you and accommodate your likely situation at least five years down the line.

4 – Stability and guaranteed customer support

Finally, remember that you’ll undoubtedly need support from your software vendor.  You want a company that provides robust customer service – and will also still be there when you need them.  Solutions from a company that’s been in business for decades are a good idea since the vendor will likely stay in business.

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