Every business owner has to take a long, hard look at their operation in the light of recent worldwide events. They'll need to focus on efficiency and cut down on any excess if they are to be successful in the new economic environment. While there may well be more work for a local distribution company, the owner will still have to adopt the same mindset, especially when it comes to their vehicle repairs and maintenance. If you're in this position, what changes should you consider?
Addressing Your Vehicle Maintenance
If you run several vehicles and distribute goods to local consumers, you need to ensure that your trucks are on the road as much as possible. After all, you cannot afford a breakdown and must keep each driver moving if you are to maximise your productivity and stay ahead of your competition. Yet what are you going to do about repairs and maintenance? Should you continue to allocate an area of your yard as a workshop with all the associated overheads? Should you continue to employ your own mechanic for these tasks, or think about an alternative?
As you know, each vehicle will need to undergo routine maintenance if you are to avoid any potential (and more costly) breakdowns. Each service visit will take a certain amount of time if you perform the job on-site, but if you close down your in-house facility, then you will have to allocate even more time. After all, you will have to seek out a suitable, nearby facility, fit in with their schedule and travel back and forth.
Your best option may be to call in the services of a mobile mechanic. They will be able to attend your facility when needed and will bring the necessary tools and equipment to perform that essential maintenance. In this case, you may not have to maintain engineering staff of your own, together with the on-site facility, equipment and tools. Instead, you will be able to cut down on the amount of time that the vehicle is out of action and will undoubtedly trim all your costs as well.
You may find a mobile truck service that specialises in commercial vehicles nearby. Talk with them about your needs and tell them how many vehicles you have. In turn, they will be able to fit any upcoming maintenance tasks around your schedule, and you will be able to assess your overall savings.