Surviving Employee Audits During Holiday Peak Season: The Role of Technology
The logistics landscape is rapidly evolving, fueled by the surge in US retail and e-commerce sales. Projections indicate staggering growth in online sales, set to reach an impressive $1.262 trillion (about $3,900 per person in the US) in 2023. Consequently, the upcoming Holiday Season is poised to be busier than ever for Last Mile Delivery (LMD) contractors.
While the increase in eCommerce volume brings holiday cheer, it also poses challenges. Major eCommerce companies, such as Amazon and FedEx, conduct employee audits during the peak season. These audits involve comprehensive checks on drivers’ documents. It is serious scrutiny, where non-compliance could even lead to the cancellation of contracts for Delivery Service Providers (DSPs).
What’s Checked in Employee Audits?
Audits typically focus on meticulous scrutiny of drivers’ documents, verifying expiration dates and credibility. Non-compliance can have severe consequences, starting with warnings and, if repeated, leading to reduced trips and the revocation of the DSP’s license to operate.
Impact on Delivery Partners
For DSPs, navigating these audits can be daunting:
· During the peak season, owners must chase after drivers to collect their documents.
· Often, drivers may have left the organization, requiring DSPs to reach out to ex-employees for their documents.
· Even if DSPs gather all the necessary documents, keeping them organized and up to date becomes challenging due to the rapid turnover of drivers.
Leveraging Technology – The Audit Manager
Enter Metromax Group, a pioneer in logistics solutions. Recognizing the chaos and stress faced by DSPs during audits, they have unveiled a groundbreaking tool—the Amazon Audit Manager.
· Provides a digital storehouse for all documents and syncs with the latest list of drivers from central systems like Cortex.
· Automatically follows up with drivers/helpers and offers a simple red/green status indicating compliance.
The tool includes several other useful features, such as:
· Individual driver scorecards.
· One-to-many chat.
· An SOS system.
· Communicating Netradyne/Ground Cloud violations to drivers live as they happen.
DSP (Delivery Service Partner) owners can breathe easy, knowing they have a tool that streamlines operations and minimizes audit-related stress.
Accessibility and Implementation
The beauty of Metromax Group’s solution lies in its accessibility and ease of implementation. DSPs can download the driver app for free from app stores. For admin panel access and integration, contacting Metromax Group is all it takes to start benefiting from this game-changing innovation. Lastly, the Metromax team provides a dedicated contact who can input the data as well.
As the e-commerce landscape continues to flourish, the importance of efficient logistics and compliance management cannot be overstated. Metromax Group’s Audit Manager stands as a testament to innovation in addressing the challenges faced by Last Mile Contractors. It not only simplifies compliance but also enhances operational efficiency, making it a momentous change in the logistics realm.