- Natural disasters (hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, winter)
- Electrical outages
- Limited access to Fuel for a long period of time
Timely problem diagnostics should always be applied. For many companies like Diesel Direct, they rely to Mapline and utilize its mapping tools for practical applications. It is an easy mapping site that empowers companies in this industry to create maps and embed them to their websites. The maps help organize the operation and scheduling and promote better communication with customer. The mapping tools help them understand geographical points and get insights to dispatch trucks faster, address outages quickly, reduce downtime, and provide better service.
Timothy Callow, Diesel Direct’s Chief Technology Officer says about Mapline, “Mapline enables several departments at Diesel Direct to have almost instant access to view current & potential customer locations and other geographic information. The map technology enables us to make informed decisions quickly.”
Lack of Data Understanding Hampers Response Times
The problem of fuel supply and delivery companies is not that they do not have sufficient data. The problem is that they lack the right understanding of their data which hampers them to act fast. Mapping technology helps them to determine precise locations of an outage, along with the locations of power lines, fuses, transformers, and other resources in the affected area. Without the necessary information, it will be impossible for them to respond quickly and repair timeframes.
Meanwhile, Mapline users find it easier to create a map from their Excel data. It allows the users to copy and paste the list of address locations of customers from their spreadsheets. In just a few minutes, maps are processed and available for data analysis. This feature makes data visualization of Excel data for advanced analysis an easy task. Users can also add several number of data sets (i.e., locations of outage, nearest areas that can extend help, et.al), and map them to show the distance between each points. When locations are visualized, decision-making for disaster planning is made at the right time.
Location Information Improves Ability to Locate Vehicles
Maps give companies to have an aerial view of where an outage has occurred, along with the location of their trucks in relation to an outage. In addition, Mapline enables the users to customize their map icons. This mapping tool is helpful in quickly distinguishing several different locations that can be used for analysis. Mapline users can change the icon size, color, and shape of their map markers and even upload a custom image.
Data Understanding Leads to Faster and Safer Service Restoration
Using Mapline to understand geographical location information, fleet managers can better understand where vehicles are in line with the address locations of customers, delivery routes, and other stationary sources. As a result, managers can dispatch truck drivers and crews more efficiently. When data is analyzed, disaster planning is addressed better as companies speed up response times.
Mapline offers a new mapping tool called “draw pad” where fleet managers can draw circles or rectangles, draw lines from one point to another, draw additional markers, and many more. It helps them to understand data to maximize the operation and better manage the fleet.