Mismanagement of your organisation resources – vehicles, staff, etc. – can be a significant drain on your profits. It is therefore vital to effectively plan the way you manage your resources.
Many organisations are taking a “siloed” approach to planning for different resources. This leads to a lack of “joined-up working” within the organisation, which again leads to unnecessarily high operational costs. The problem is that different departments or teams manage the planning of different areas and resources, sometimes using different systems and databases where one would suffice. This increases the risk of miscommunication between teams and leads to mismanagement of resources. Indeed, some teams may not know what the other ones are doing at all. It is always a challenge, then, to have truer transparency in your processes, and the consequence of that is inefficiency and increased costs.
The solution to "silo planning" is to facilitate greater joined-up working. This can be done by making processes and information available to all different teams, so they can access them on their own computers. Shared Planning Parameters (SPP) combined with a vehicle optimiser to generate plans give the necessary transparency and joined-up working procedures to generate the plans that utilise resources in the best and most efficient way.
The key benefit from this solution is of course efficient planning and cost-efficient management of your resources. If all processes are planned in an efficient way; including the network capacity, the vehicles and the crew, you will free up resources to cover other services that would benefit your passengers while also helping you realise cost savings. In summary, therefore, this means producing reciprocal benefits to all – where you receive higher passenger satisfaction rates on your services, as well as increased profits.