Winter is coming
Winter is coming, and not just in the world of Game of Thrones. Colder temperatures are right around the corner. Have you prepared enough in the off season to set yourself up for one of your best winters yet? If you did, congratulations! If not, there is still time to maximize your fuel delivery efficiency, but it is running short.
Our friends at the Farmer’s Almanac are calling for a cold winter, saying, “This winter is forecast to be much colder than last year’s, but—just like last winter—not colder than usual. In fact, a large part of the northern United States will experience milder-than-average temperatures (though we would still recommend having your long underwear on-hand), while much of the South and West can expect to feel cooler than normal. Escaping this chill are Florida and the Southeast, where milder-than-usual temperatures will be felt.” They went on to say “precipitation will be at above-normal levels throughout the country, which will translate to equally above-normal amounts of snowfall in parts of the Northeast, central Great Lakes, central Plains, Intermountain region, and from eastern Tennessee through New Mexico”. Get your shovels ready! Notable exceptions to this wet winter are the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest, where less precipitation than usual is expected. Colder temperatures and a wet wintery mix means fireplaces and furnaces should glow warm all winter long.
For a second reference, we checked in with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) who said “a lack of an El Niño or La Niña event this winter will see most of the continental United States with equal chances of an average winter in terms of snow”. Temperature probability for much of the United States is a little clearer with NOAA calling for above average temperatures, everywhere except the upper Midwest.
So what does this mean for you? You need to be prepared for winter. In some areas it sounds promising and in some it may be challenging, but in either case, being prepared can help you improve your profits by maximizing your efficiency.
Cold weather checklist
- Did you get training for all of your new employees, and older employees who need a tune up?
- Did you add automation to your business to handle more tasks with less effort? Add a comprehensive management system, like ADD Energy E3®, to integrate your accounts receivable, credit, delivery, service, and inventory.
- Did you add the latest electronics to your delivery truck fleet? Will Calls are coming; can you support same day service? Maximize fuel delivery efficiency with durable Raven tablets through complete wireless integration with the ADD Energy E3 back office software.
- Did you make your drivers’ lives easier and more profitable for you with companion technology? Bring all the functionality out of the cab and into the hand of the driver on a small Android device with Raven Companion to improve driver efficiency, ensure deliveries are made to the correct tank, and more.
Last minute technology opportunities
There is still time to call ADD Systems and see what you can do now to prepare for the coming cold season. Don’t leave your customers in the cold when the night is dark and full of terrors.