Any business owner whose company has outgrown the "small business" label knows that scalability is crucial to sustained growth and success. What works for 10 customers needs to work for 10,000. But ensuring quality, expediency, and affordability as you expand is tricky. The many competing demands of a growing business can pull leaders away from their core mission, limiting their ability to create, manage, and innovate in all the ways that have thus far made them successful.

For many businesses, the logistics of transportation and shipping become a choke point in managing the competing demands of growth. The relative simplicity of delivering your products around town becomes more difficult and complicated as your operation expands. And our current "on-demand" business environment adds to this complexity, pitting mom-and-pop storefronts against digital-retail powerhouses like Amazon, and underscoring the need to deliver goods to customers anytime, anywhere.

The good news is that the technology that has sped up the delivery cycle and made it more complex is also making it possible to create better, safer, and more efficient fleets. Consider trends like predictive maintenance. Fleet managers are increasingly relying on advanced telematics -- the integrated use of telecommunications with information and communications technology -- to gain more insight on vehicle conditions. Today, new fault codes indications are being implemented that give additional warning signs of trouble to come.  These insights are a great benefit to fleet managers and maintenance crews, saving time, money, and resources. 

It takes experience and expertise to make these technologies pay off -- something that many businesses are lacking -- and the investment required to develop internal resources may not see returns until well into the life of a fleet. 

If your business has already made a foray into fleet management, you know that it's a complex undertaking -- and it's getting more complex every day. In this guide, we'll explore the costs associated with managing a fleet in this age of enhanced technology; concerns around maintenance, safety, and compliance; and options for businesses in search of scalable fleet-management solutions.

We hope you enjoyed this excerpt from our new guide, “Today’s Fleets: Turning Complexity into reliability and growth to meet business demands”.  To download the full guide from Ryder and Inc, click here.