One of the first questions our sales team generally get asked is ‘Do you schedule jobs to trucks or to drivers?’
Our short answer is – BOTH!
vWork is the only paperless job management platform, that we’re aware of, that allows scheduling to just the truck, just the driver or both to the truck and the driver.
In our experience, about 80% of logistic and transport providers will want to schedule to truck, but occasionally, with highly skilled and specialty drivers, there’ll be a need to schedule to drivers instead – and we can easily help with both due to the flexibility of our platform. In a few instances, dispatchers want to schedule to both the truck and the driver, if they want to have a complete overview of the truck and driver utilization (but be prepared there is usually an additional cost associated with this option).
So why do the majority of transport providers elect to schedule their jobs to trucks. And how does it work in practice? Here are the reasons our customers tell us why it makes sense for them:
- Guaranteed revenue - unlike drivers that can generally be used interchangeably, trucks are a fixed asset that’s specific to certain environments or load requirements.
- Easier invoicing - as jobs are generally charged out a fixed rate based on truck capability rather than variable driver’s rates, the invoice can be easily automated and despatched immediately one job has been completed.
- Better reporting – with fixed costs, you can get a much more accurate idea of revenue per job as it compares apples for apples. This means you have better clarity on which higher-margin jobs you should be chasing.
- Easier scheduling – as trucks don’t have to have lunch or leave at the end of the day, you can easily schedule a truck for multiple jobs and be assured that it will be there when required.
But what are the practicalities of scheduling jobs for trucks for the drivers? Well, what happens, in essence, is that each driver logs into our vWork app at the start of each shift as a truck (so usually Truck 1, Truck 2 etc) and from there they can see the jobs that need to be completed and when. To make this easier for the driver, each truck can have a QR code stuck to the dashboard. So once the QR code is scanned, they are automatically logged in as the truck.
If you’d like to see any of these scheduling scenarios in action or want to get more information from our specialists, please get in touch.