A fuel management system is just what the name implies — a comprehensive technology tool that can help you track and control all your fuel inventory, purchasing and dispensing transactions.
Whether you’re a private enterprise or public agency, under intense scrutiny or simply trying to manage your operations as cost-effectively as possible, you cannot afford to let already-high fuel costs get out of hand. A fuel management system can dramatically streamline your processes so you can realize considerable savings.
That’s true for fleet operators such as local or regional trucking fleets that own their own tanks, marinas, bus companies, etc. It’s true for Fixed Based Operators and other types of mobile fueling operations. And it’s true for municipalities or other public entities that manage fleets of police, fire, utility or general-use motor pool vehicles.
If you’re considering a fuel management system, ask yourself these five questions:
- Am I completely satisfied with my current level of control over fuel assets?
- Am I getting all the information my staff and I need to make timely, well-informed decisions about vehicle maintenance as well as fuel purchases and allocations?
- Are our record-keeping processes as efficient and accurate as they could be?
- Am I making the best use of staff time? Are drivers, fuelers and other crew members spending time on data-recording that could more profitably be spent elsewhere? Is my office staff spending an inordinate amount of time looking for information, fixing mistakes and preparing reports?
- Have I thoroughly investigated the multiple cost-efficiencies we might obtain by installing an automated fuel management system?
A fuel management system represents automation at its best, helping greatly reduce or eliminate human time-wasters as well as mistakes. Instead, you can count on reliable, consistent fuel dispensing and allocation while minimizing all types of potential losses.
A fuel management system supports vigilant oversight and a healthier fleet. Real-time information facilitates early intervention with potential maintenance or other problems, and that usually means a lower-cost fix. With the right system, you can manage more than your fuel, usually with surprisingly short cost recovery period.
So maybe the most important question you should ask yourself is: how can I afford not to invest in a fuel management system?