In the current economic climate, owners and entrepreneurs are searching for any reasonable way to cut expenses. Even a small, across-the-board cut, say 5%, can make a difference for companies who are finding it difficult to survive a recession, high fuel costs, and surging inflation. What are the best ways to keep costs low without sacrificing too much?
In the transport industry, managers use technology to make sure engines run at top efficiency. Other companies use robotics, utility monitoring, and independent contractors to reduce other types of costs. The tactics that work best for you depend on what kind of business you operate and how willing you are to put one or more techniques into place at the same time. Consider the following strategies.
Wise Fleet Management Tactics
In the transportation industry, fleet managers utilize a number of varied tools to maintain delivery deadlines, keep drivers safe, and minimize maintenance costs for trucks. The impact of vehicle idling is one of many factors that leads to higher vehicle maintenance expenses. In the profession, idling is defined as an engine being on but not causing the truck to move in any direction. Typically, idle trucks are geared in park. Of course, in a typical day’s driving, there’s bound to be a small amount of unavoidable idling.
However, fleet managers strive to avoid longish bouts of truck operation in the idle state. In addition to higher overall maintenance expenses, vehicles that idle excessively tend to cause more toxic emissions and consume unnecessary amounts of fuel. Those are just a few of the reasons that it is essential for fleet managers and owners to learn as much as possible about why excess idling is expensive, which jurisdictions have strict anti-idling regulations, and how technology can help minimize the need to idle.
Using Independent Contractors
For smaller organizations that want to avoid all the legal and financial obligations that come with hiring in-house employees, the independent contractor arrangement can be a perfect remedy. By law, independent contractors are not employees, don’t receive typical benefits, control their own schedules, and do not have any taxes withheld from their pay. Many delivery drivers, writers, and sales professionals work as independent contractors. They calculate and pay their own taxes, set work hours, and do their contracted duties within the specified period of time. Owners can save a bundle by not providing benefits or worrying about complex payroll calculations, making common payroll errors, or insurance coverage.
In large manufacturing environments, robotic assembly has the potential to keep operating expenses much lower than in human run plants. The prototype for this strategy is the automobile industry, especially in Asian markets. Some Japanese and Korean carmakers make extensive use of sophisticated robotic assembly teams that are overseen by just one or two human technicians. Small and medium-sized manufacturers are now taking advantage of robotics to eliminate the hassle of payroll, labor union strife, and insurance coverage.
For organizations that use a significant amount of office space, one of the most powerful tactics for keeping utility expenses low is to leverage technological solutions. The good news for owners is that there are at least two inexpensive approaches that take little time to install. One is a smart lighting device that remotely connects all the office’s electric lights and monitors their use via motion-sensitive detection. Empty rooms’ lamps and other lighting devices automatically shut off when hooked up to a power-saving control unit.
However, users can override the system and set special time periods for lights to come on for security reasons. Nighttime illumination of business spaces is an effective, cheap way to deter break-ins, burglaries, and vandalism. The other piece of the energy saving puzzle is a programmable thermostat, sometimes called a smart temperature monitor. For less than $50, you can purchase a unit and install it in any home or office. It’s up to the user to set it and forget it, which means choosing a preferred temperature and selecting times for the entire system to shut down after hours.