The benefits of outsourcing delivery services, logistics and fleet management
Logistics is a notoriously challenging industry and if you’re running your own in-house delivery service or fleet, you know what we’re talking about. There are so many moving parts to think about and the risk is high. Let’s be honest- it’s always a problem – even when it’s a good problem!
And that’s not even getting into what happens when your business begins to grow. Now you need to scale to meet demand. Things get more complex, the headaches are more intricate and it’s more difficult to manage.
Today, we’re going to discuss why it’s not a bad idea to outsource your fleet and delivery services. Let’s jump right in.
Focusing on competency
Look it’s really easy and tempting to want to be all things to everyone but in business that’s just not how things work. Imagine instead of managing an entire fleet of vehicles – including servicing, maintaining and managing them; that you were just sticking to what you do, delivering a quality good and then paying someone else much less to take the headache away. Sounds good? We thought so!
Businesses ebb and flow. Some days business is slow and you need to focus on mining leads and creating cash flow. Other times, you can’t keep up with demand. Wherever your business is in its cycle, you can use a courier service to help manage your logistics. When things are a little slower – they’ll make sure the quality of service stays high. When things get crazy, you can add drivers and deliveries without getting too far out over your skis.
Lower capital investment
Look – growing and maintaining a vehicle fleet costs money. A lot of it. You have to buy the assets. You have to hire and train people to drive said assets. You have the risk of said people driving your assets. You have to maintain and fix these assets. And keep enough people on staff to make sure they’re on the road as much as possible. And we’re not even having a conversation about the day-to-day logistics, software, customer service and everything else that goes into getting one thing from one place to another.
While courier services aren’t cheap – they’re definitely a lot cheaper (and less time consuming) then every single thing we mentioned above. Give it some thought.
Should you outsource your fleet management and courier services? If you’re still on the fence, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!