Is the entire world going to become automated one day? Some people in the world of business are hoping it will. This means that costs will drastically go down because fewer people will need to be hired. However, if history has shown us anything it’s that machines may take human jobs for a little while, but new jobs replacing those lost are always created. The employment universe always manages to balance out again. But, if you’re running a small business which is better for you, dropshipping or a fleet? Dropshipping is slowly becoming more automated with the approval of Amazon drones recently. However, most dropshipping services do involve skilled human beings that can drive freight trucks. A fleet, on the other hand, gives you full control of your operations. Choices, choices…
What’s your focus?
It must be said, the regional and or local focus is much more suited to a fleet. If you’re a business that just wants to focus on becoming the best in your city or part of the country, then a fleet is going to be your best choice. A fleet of trucks gives you more control and better time management options since the area of delivery is quite small compared to nationwide. But, it’s expensive you say? Well, thanks to the latest telematics technology you also have greater control over fleet maintenance, driver discipline, and general route choice. But what is telematics you ask? Well, it provides a lot of information to you and keeps track of all the trucks. The engine control module shows you the speed of each truck, while on the road, the engine health, use of the brake and more. On top of all this, you have GPS tracking, video cameras showing the POV of the driver, plenty of advanced driver assists and warnings as well as an electronic logging device.
The future is here?
Dropshipping is brilliant for small businesses because it allows you to service your customers without actually owning any of the delivery section of a business. A drop shipping company will be your warehouse storage, your inventory manager and the delivery component of the equation, all in one. Dropshipping has also become more automated with flying drones that are able to lift and deliver small packages. They will set the packages down in the garden of a customer’s house, using advanced GPS coordinate software for accurate flying. But there’s also a convenient option of using trucks and drivers to deliver your products. You do lose control, but you save a lot of money too. All your orders will need to be processed by the dropship company, so effective communication is paramount for your business to maintain good customer relations. The best part is, the largest drop shipping companies offer nationwide services, instantly giving your business a wider reach for no extra cost.
If you’re a control freak and proud of it, go with owning your own fleet of delivery trucks. It might cost more but there’s less that can go wrong with a delivery. For those that want to put their faith in technology and professional delivery companies, then go with drop shipping.