1. Fleet efficiency in 2020 is about decreasing waste and improving margins
  2. COVID-19 has created an economic environment that will challenge your operations
  3. 2020 is the year where fleet managers will need to think beyond the status quo

Some of the biggest trends in fleet management and fleet efficiency over the last ten years has been focused on data collection. Primarily, the emphasis has been on enterprise solutions centered around logistics and supply chain management. This has extended, in varying degrees of success, into driver management and vehicle tracking, in part of a “top-down” approach to streamlining operations. In light of the new economic landscape brought on by COVID-19, fleet managers will need to reassess what fleet efficiency is going to look like going forward.

Fleet Efficiency Must Drill Down

Fleet managers have been inundated with sales people and conventions touting the newest, latest, and greatest in software and analytics that track every single detail imaginable within their operation. Bluetooth dongles, real time alerts, automated inventory management…these buzz words are great, but ultimately are luxury tools for an industry that still doesn’t even use email across the board.

Good salespeople will have you believing that their SaaS program or new GPS device is a necessity if you want to compete in today’s market. That is just flat-out not the truth. The truth is, these tools are usually prohibitively expensive, lack a real world application for the majority of small-to-medium sized fleets, and have a return on investment that can take decades to realize.

Fleet efficiency in 2020 is going to be about trimming the fat, and maximizing the EFFECTIVENESS of available tools. And this will require fleet managers to really drill down, and be ready to look at outside the box solutions.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Fleet Efficiency

Nationwide stay-at-home and business closure orders have completely changed the business landscape. When looking at fleet efficiency, the time is NOW, more than ever, to implement or refocus on basic operational principles that often get overlooked by shiny new software programs and subscriptions. Here is why: when it comes to tightening the budget, and maximizing your margins, if you don’t have the basic foundation of efficiency built into your operations, no amount of software, data, or technology will help.

Where to Start? With the Wheels on the Ground.

Start with the vehicles on the road, and work your way up the chain, through the people, all the way to the top. Why? Simply because regardless of your product, ultimately if your fleet is inefficient (i.e. breaking down, de-rating, in the shop, wasting fuel, etc…) then your bottom line will always suffer. When it comes to fleet efficiency, one of the biggest problems is in the heavy duty diesel category. Specifically today’s modern emission compliant trucks. Whether in the over-the-road category or vocational, these trucks are known for constant DPF failure and for spending more time in the shop than on the road.

With training from Diesel Fleet Solutions, you can instantly improve how your fleet runs, in about 15 minutes. What do you have to lose? CALL TODAY!

How to Make Your Heavy Duty Diesel Fleet More Efficient

When it comes to improving the reliability, uptime, and efficiency of heavy duty emission compliant trucks, there are some VERY simple steps you can take that your Dealership won’t tell you about. Diesel Fleet Solutions can show you how to improve your trucks in less than 15 minutes. This one simple solution will have an instant impact on how well your Cummins heavy duty diesel fleet runs. To maximize your fleet efficiency there are just two main areas to focus on:


An ECM Audit is a simple and quick process that when paired with the right training, will reveal everything you need to know to prevent premature DPF and aftertreatment failure. An ECM Audit can show you things like:

  • missing or inactive features and parameters
  • missing or improper calibration updates
  • regen effectiveness
  • forecasting DPF failure
  • inactive fault codes
  • inefficient driver habits
  • critical data to help identify potential issues

Combine this with a modern approach to aftertreatment diagnostics and maintenance, and you can keep your fleet out of the dealership and on the road. This solution goes against the current trend of relying on subscription based software “solutions”. It focuses on basics that are actionable and easily correctable, without excessive time or investment. It is solutions like these that will challenge modern fleets to break the mold.

Implement Six Sigma Lean Principles

Once you get your actual fleet vehicles dialed in with ECM Audits and proper aftertreatment diagnostics and maintenance, work your way up the operation. As you do this, focus on implementing the basic principles of Six Sigma Lean:

  1.  reduce waste by focusing on value adding behavior and steps
  2.  use data to identify problems, and use data to make continuous improvements

Utilizing these basics as you comb through your operations will help you to streamline processes. As you do this, double check that your foundational processes haven’t been neglected or replaced by any software or programs. Automation is great, but the human element is still critical. Six Sigma Lean is a useful approach that can be implemented by any type of operation, and scaled to any size.

Make Changes That Have the Biggest Impact

Fleet managers need to find solutions that have the biggest impact at the lowest cost, while eliminating wasteful processes or subscriptions. This may require a challenge to the status quo and the fortitude to think outside the box. Sometimes the most significant solutions are the most simple ones.

With training from Diesel Fleet Solutions, you can instantly improve how your fleet runs, in about 15 minutes. What do you have to lose? CALL TODAY!





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