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Startling Number of Fleets Not Monitoring OBC Data to Identify Savings Potential

October 31, 2016, 07:07 AM
Filed Under: Trucking

Fleet Advantage unveiled the results of its latest industry survey, which shows that many fleet professionals aren't leveraging onboard computer (OBC) data to pinpoint operational cost-savings potential.

The online survey was presented to more than 2,000 fleet industry and transportation professionals. One hundred percent of survey respondents said that their OBC data assists with managing overall fleet operating performance to lower costs. However, the specifics of what they’re monitoring show that they’re widely missing an opportunity to identify key areas of cost reduction.

While 70% of industry professionals regularly monitor OBC data for driver logs and dispatching, only 6% utilize it to gain insight on fuel consumption (roughly 70% of a fleet's annual operating costs).

"In an age where computers drive every aspect of our business operations, it's surprising to learn that many fleets are under-utilizing the data that impacts their company's bottom line," said Brian Holland, President and CFO of Fleet Advantage. "In today’s highly competitive environment where margins continue to be compressed, a deliberate focus on analysis of key OBC data can save fleets millions and provide fleet operators with a competitive advantage. With the considerable amount of OBC data available, and the time constraints of fleet executives to consider, it can be overwhelming to organize and analyze the data in order to make informed decisions for their fleet operations."

The survey also revealed that 33% of respondents cannot quantify operational savings using OBC reporting.  Of the remaining respondents, 10% report annual savings of $4,000 per vehicle or greater; 10% reported savings of $2,000-$3,000; 44% reported savings of $500-$2,000; and 3% reported savings of $500 or less.

View the full results from this survey.

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