What Resources Are Portable Restroom Operators Investing In To Optimize Their Routes?

We’ve seen huge increases in the cost of fuel across the world and like other suppliers that rely on transportation, Portable Restroom Operators have been adversely affected by the increased cost of fuel. In operational terms, it is important to make sure that every mile counts. Speaking of miles, let’s look at what it actually costs your business to run routes per truck mile. 

According to the National Private Truck Council (NPTC), it costs $2.90 for every truck mile your fleet runs. That may not sound like much, but let’s break it down. If your technicians are driving 250 miles per day and you run 5 trucks, that’s 6,250 miles per week. That adds up to $942,500 per year!

The most clever Portable Restroom Operators have found ways to reduce wasted truck miles by an average of 15%. If we use the example above, reducing truck miles by 15% would equal a savings of $141,375 per year! 

I know what you’re thinking. How the heck do those Portable Restroom Operators cut their truck miles by 15%? Their schedulers, dispatchers, and drivers must be superheroes. Well, they’re probably pretty good, but the secret to reducing wasted truck miles isn’t their staff. They rely on software made for portable restroom businesses to optimize their routes and reduce mistakes.

Think about it. If you’re running your business on spreadsheets, or software not built specifically for your portable restroom business, you are wasting a ton of time. You’re also paying your drivers too much overtime, and making too many mistakes. At the end of the day it’s all about delighting your customers, so why wouldn’t you invest in software if it created a better customer experience.?.?

Here’s a story that one of our Portable Restroom Operators told us about their business—I bet it will sound familiar. He said that it took a particular driver 12 hours to service 50 portable toilets on a Monday. On Tuesday that same driver had 30 portable toilets to service. So how much time do you think he worked on Tuesday? You guessed it, 12 hours. If that Operator had software to track his drivers, he’d be cutting wasted truck miles and reducing his overtime pay.

So here’s what Portable Restroom Operators need from software to cut truck miles by an average of 15%.

  • The software should be specifically designed for liquid waste businesses.
  • It needs to take the guesswork out of scheduling routes (extra credit if it automatically optimized your routes).
  • It should make it easy to track your drivers.
  • It should tell your drivers exactly where to place and pick up units.
  • And finally, it should make it easy for your drivers to communicate an issue like a locked gate.

If that sounds great, hint, hint, ServiceCore does all of that and more. Get a demo today.

About the Author: Karsen

Karsen is a Marketing Specialist at ServiceCore. When she's not creating & sharing content for our community of Portable Sanitation & Dumpster Rental Operators, she loves hiking, snowboarding, concerts, & adventuring with her dog!
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