Optimising cargo delivery: practical tips for safe and efficient transportation
Safe delivery of freight is of utmost importance and often involves significant risks, including accidents, theft and damage to property. Delays caused by these risks could create increased costs and lost revenue for businesses, as well as damage to customer relationships. In some cases, they may even result in the loss of critical or valuable cargo, harming businesses’ reputation and leading to potential legal liabilities.
Companies can reduce this likelihood by prioritising safety measures and implementing risk management strategies. Hence, in this article, we highlight practical solutions to ensure a safe and optimised freight delivery.
Be prepared: the importance of planning ahead
Before shipping any cargo, it is essential to make plans. Having an overview of the cargo’s destination and route helps companies evaluate the potential challenges that may arise during transportation. This includes potential road closures, traffic congestion or inclement weather. By planning ahead, such as adjusting delivery times, using alternative routes, or adopting additional safety measures, businesses can be well-prepared for any disruptions and ensure a timely delivery.
Smart freight planning: choosing the optimal vehicle
Another way to optimise cargo delivery is to increase the volume of loads being transported. Consolidating deliveries into fewer trips can help companies improve efficiency and reduce the need for additional drivers.
When considering this approach, it is important to ensure that the increased load volume complies with regulations and does not compromise the safety of drivers, vehicles or goods being transported.
One potential solution is the use of double deck trailers, allowing for 60% more payload capacity. With the addition of a second floor, these trailers offer even more room for cargo. The increased volume means fewer trips are needed to transport the same number of items, resulting in a reduction in CO2 emissions and transport costs. Furthermore, by having fewer trips, the demand for drivers is also reduced.
Safe truck parking: comfort for drivers and security to the cargo
It is becoming more challenging to meet the growing demand for transportation of goods by truck, as there might not be sufficient drivers to ensure on-time delivery of all freight. This can result in shipment delays, increased costs and customer dissatisfaction. In some cases where drivers need to work overtime, their own safety and that of the cargo’s safety may be at risk.
Two approaches to help tackle this are:-
- Improve working conditions - Companies can focus on enhancing facilities for employees, such as rest areas and showers, and providing comfortable and safe vehicles for work purposes.
- Increase focus on safety - Implementing safety measures can reduce the risk of accidents and increase employee morale and satisfaction.
Aside from a facilitated working environment, having highly secured parking also provides numerous benefits for the industry, such as reducing theft, improving road safety and creating a more comfortable rest environment for drivers.
TIP's Safe and Secure Truck Parking, located in Dourges in France, takes these benefits to the next level by offering a multi-service truck road centre with 215 secure and comfortable parking spaces for logistics operators. Find out more about the service here.
Use smart digital solutions to improve the fleet’s operational efficiency
Digital solutions can also help ensure a smooth delivery and keep businesses updated about their freight. Trailer telematics uses technology and software linked via wireless communications to sensors on trailers to generate data to help fleet managers maximise their trailer return-on-investment and uptime - whilst minimising ‘Total Cost of Trailer Ownership’. Trailer telematics data gives operators more information so they can make better decisions. It also provides greater transparency in real time on all aspects of a trailer, from the condition of its mechanical components and the need for preventative maintenance, to its travel and the condition of the cargo it is carrying as it moves through the supply chain to final delivery.
At TIP we equip vehicles with the next generation of digital mobility, sustainability and fleet services to ensure a smooth and optimal journey. You can find all our telematics services here.
Prioritising safety measures and implementing smart solutions such as double deck trailers can optimise cargo delivery and reduce risks and costs for businesses. At TIP, we understand our customers' needs and provide them with the optimal solutions to serve them better. If you're interested in learning more about our services and how we can help your business, get in touch with us!