Answers to the 4 parking challenges faced by FMCG

April 21, 2020
The consumer goods sector has grown enormously over the last few decades, which obviously leads to a growth in the wage bill of companies in this sector. In a highly competitive field, it is essential to optimize profitability and productivity as much as possible. Changes in parking lots are not the first thing that comes to mind, but it will be crucial to know how to optimize them in order to earn direct and indirect income.

As a result, there are many challenges facing the consumer goods sector. Here is the answer to 4 challenges related to intelligent parking management.



How to manage a parking lot used by a large number of employees?


As a Facility Manager or Human Resources Manager, you most likely have a large number of employees to manage. Therefore, you should also think about strategies that allow your employees to find a parking space quickly and within a relatively short period of time (in the morning for example).

Optimizing and perfectly managing your parking lot, especially since it is used by a large number of employees, is very important. If you reduce the time your employees spend looking for a vacant parking space, you indirectly save money.

Discover our mini guide to reduce parking costs, it answers this question very precisely.

The stakes involved are both human and financial. There is software available to help you fully understand these challenges as well as possible, and to help you very simply and effectively to meet these challenges. These tools are "platforms" through which you will find all the information you need to organize your parking management in the best possible way. The goal of these "platforms" is to manage parking effectively even when you have more employees than available parking spaces. To do this, it is possible to give one or more employees access to each space, which greatly facilitates the sharing of spaces (e.g. booking, FCFS etc...). Thanks to this mutualization, you create a rotation between the spaces used and those vacant. This optimization, which is very simple to implement thanks to the platform and the intelligent software, allows you to optimize parking spaces despite having a very large number of employees.




How do you manage employees who have different jobs and therefore different uses of the parking lot? (some use the parking lot every day, others use it once a week...)

It is possible to segment employees into user types. These categories of employees, whether it is a salesperson who must travel often during the week, or a person working in administration who must have his place 5 days/week, can be differentiated in these "platforms", by giving them different types of access.

For example, a sales person can have a very flexible FCFS (First Come First Served) access, and an administrative person can have a preferential access that allows him to have a reserved place at all times.

It is also possible to multiply the number of accesses according to the needs of your employees.


What type of mobility plan can be offered to employees when the company's main office is located in the suburbs?

The best mobility plan, or the ideal parking policy, is to offer reservations to all employees through these "platforms".

Everyone reserves the "parking time slot" they need.

Whether the person lives 20 minutes away by car or another one an hour and a half away, if his reservation has been confirmed at the time of booking he is guaranteed to have his place as much as the first one. So, the driver experiences no frustration when arriving at the entrance (contrary to the FCFS, in which once the parking lot is full the Nth person will not be able to enter).


How to centralize the management of the different parking sites in a company that has a main office + several production sites?


Adding each parking lot on a single platform will allow the management of the different parking sites to be perfectly centralized.

It also allows the platform administrators (people in charge of allocating access within the company, also called fleet/facilities managers) to manage access for all their employees on the multiple production sites.

Finally, even if your company has a large payroll, it is quite possible to offer a pleasant and efficient parking experience to your employees. As a result, they will become much more efficient and their productivity will be increased.


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