How GPS Tracking Helps Identify Bad Fleet Employees: Part 2

GPS tracking: Eliminating bad behaviors

Being able to easily and effectively identity bad fleet employees helps managers correct problems to ensure ongoing success of the business. In part one of this series, we discussed two common traits of a bad fleet employee and how GPS tracking technology works to eliminate those bad behaviors. Today, we’re going to talk about two more common traits of a bad fleet employee and provide some scenarios for using GPS tracking to help eradicate those bad behaviors.

Here are two more common traits of a bad fleet employee:

  • Milking the clock
  • Billing problems

Perhaps, you find that getting your employees show up at work isn’t a problem at all. What if you simply have some bad fleet employees that consistently spend longer at a job-site than they should? How would you know? Do you just take their word for it? GPS tracking wouldn’t require you to ask such questions of yourself or your employees. With the Start/Stop feature jobs are timed from the beginning and at the end allowing management to have an accurate timeline of their employees’ field work per job, thus making it more likely for them to avoid “milking the clock”.

Honest business is good business. You might want extra income, but you shouldn’t want to obtain it in a negative way. If your fleet drivers handed your customers a bill charging them for more work than necessary, you’re sure to have more arguments than you have time to handle. Bad employees don’t take accountability for their own actions and may be willing to fudge the numbers in their favor. With GPS tracking customer billing isn’t a problem in the slightest. Not only does the Start/Stop feature help managers to be in the know, but it’s great for customers to see an exact time stamp of the work completed, as well.

When a fleet owner is able to recognize bad employees quickly is reduces the time spent invested on someone who either isn’t a good fit for the company or it helps the owner to come up with a solution. Knowing about the problem is half the battle and thanks to GPS tracking it’s easier to know right away.

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How GPS Tracking Helps Identify Bad Fleet Employees: Part 1

GPS tracking: Eliminating bad behaviors

Hiring the “right” person for the job is a challenging task for fleet managers. You just never know whether what you learn about a person in an interview is truly genuine or a complete facade put on long enough to be offered a job. Some bad fleet employees continue on with their bad behaviors long before they’re ever caught. That is, unless, the fleet company in question happens to be utilizing GPS tracking technology. These devices can be a help in multiple ways to help fleet business owners identify and eliminate the behaviors associated with a bad fleet employee or to end the working relationship with that employee.

Here are two common traits of a bad fleet employee that would be best to identify sooner rather than later:

  • Missing important deadlines
  • Putting personal business before company business

Missing important deadlines such as delivering goods to customers late or arriving late for customer services is a bad way to do business. If your drivers don’t care about keeping to a schedule it will look bad on management and the company as a whole. Not knowing whether your drivers are even en route is just inefficient. With GPS tracking all of those worries go out the window thanks to having accurate estimated times of arrival to offer customers.

Some bad behaviors indicative of a bad employee include taking company vehicles off to work side-jobs or idling in obscure places between jobs. Using fleet vehicles for anything other than the job you want your workers to be doing is a waste of company money. With GPS tracking the real-time monitoring for every vehicle makes it possible to know the exact location of every driver, everywhere.

A good fleet owner gets to know their employees and establishes clear, measurable expectations. Many managers may intend to do this, but GPS tracking certainly makes it easier to have tangible evidence of acceptable (or unacceptable) work behaviors. Are you ready to eliminate bad behaviors for your fleet drivers?

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Only 67 Days Before 2G GPS Tracking Network Shuts Down

GPS tracking: 2G shutdown in 2 months, 6 days

The days are ticking by as the countdown brings us closer to the final days of the 2G GPS tracking network. In fact, as of right now there are only 67 days left before AT&T completely shuts down all of their 2G networks. It has been stated that they may decide to shut down some networks prior to the final countdown date of December 31, 2016. For example it’s possible that fleets using the 1900 MHz and 850 MHz service may be shut down early. This is just a fair warning to all of our US Fleet Tracking customers to get your upgrades sooner rather than later.

We certainly don’t want anyone feeling left “in the dark” or having to revert back to the ways before GPS tracking. AT&T explains that the newer, 3G advanced networks allow for GPS tracking to offer great features like real-time streaming and driver dash cameras for fleet trucks. These enhancements would not be possible on the 2G network. In case you’re not certain whether migrating to a faster, higher-capacity network is efficient, here’s some information for you to weigh.

The network created for 2G technologies allocates a special code to each user so as to communicate over a multiplex physical channel. The transmission of data isn’t always secure when weather conditions or other disturbances interrupt the signals. The 3G network can support 5 major radio technologies making it more comfortable to work with. Not only are downloading speeds faster, but with 3G GPS tracking users have quicker access to instant data.

We truly believe that the speed differences alone are worth the difference it can make for your fleet business. For example, with older devices it’s possible that Geofence alerts wouldn’t have made it to you in a quick fashion due to the failing 2G network. With the 3G network, security is increased as it takes mere seconds to transfer the alert data through the system.

If you have questions about upgrading please feel free to contact US Fleet Tracking. More information about the countdown can be found here.

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GPS Tracker Benefits For Restaurant Delivery Vehicles: Part 2

GPS tracker: Delivering more

The restaurant industry has changed rapidly over the years thanks to technology and a growing, hungry population. When it comes to food delivery, restaurants have several options they can choose from to obtain what the need to serve their customers. If they’ve chosen fleet delivery to cater to their market and you are part of the industry for restaurant delivery vehicles then you’ll need to be as ever-changing as the restaurant world. To keep up with the high demands delivery drivers could benefit from improving their own business. GPS tracker devices are one way to start and today, we’re going to talk a little more about that.

Improving Your Fleets

By utilizing GPS tracker historical playback data a fleet manager can easily review each vehicle’s route in real-time and see where routes can be improved. Additionally, while drivers are in the field the quickest routes can be generated to move drivers easily around traffic or other hazardous conditions. Statistics such as speeding, idling, stops, and starting times can all be reviewed via reports and alerts to maintain a healthy working environment.

Not only do real-time GPS tracker devices make it easy for food and beverage fleet managers to transport food safely and quickly, but the team can work better overall. Discovering where your drivers are losing time in the field is a huge benefit to leaping forward. Furthermore, improvement can be sought by saving your company some money on fuel expenses and vehicle maintenance with automated GPS tracker reminders.

It is suggested that restaurant businesses will have over 70% of food delivered from outside the restaurant by 2020. This means there will be more fleet delivery competition and it’ll be vital to be great at the job. Why not ride into the future with GPS tracker devices, making your business come out on top of this trend?

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GPS Tracker Benefits For Restaurant Delivery Vehicles: Part 1

GPS tracker: Delivering more

Nearly all major food products are delivered either frozen or refrigerated to restaurants. Some foods are picked out fresh and delivered daily. This makes restaurant food delivery fleets very important. At the foundation of food delivery vehicles is the capability to provide a timely service. Restaurant delivery fleets have quite a few tasks at hand to ensure that the food and beverage industry has fresh goods on hand. Whether you have just a few fleet vehicles or you are a large delivery company, the benefits of GPS tracker devices are hard to ignore. Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about one of the best benefits you get out of using this technology.

Delivering More Than Goods

You’re not just aiming to deliver fresh foods and beverages to designated restaurants. Those restaurant owners are your customers and you’d probably like to know that your company offered great customer service from the very beginning to the very end.

With GPS tracker units this is a much simpler goal to complete. Every driver will be able to tap into the GPS tracker device and quickly provide accurate times of arrival for deliveries. By using GPS tracker software your drivers would also open the door for opportunities to correspond with more customers in less time. This would be most advantageous through the usage of the Advanced Routing feature.

Being more efficient and communicative with customers is certainly a great place to start building better customer relationships. Being faster with deliveries is also vital to avoid food expiration. You definitely don’t want to be the reason why a restaurant doesn’t have their daily food supply.

If you own food delivery trucks then you already know how important the job can be. Why not make it an easier job with GPS tracker devices? Sometimes, there’s no shame in taking the easy route.

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A Few Questions About GPS Tracking You May Not Think To Ask

GPS tracking: Understanding the software

When you’re introduced to something new it can be overwhelming. We understand that not everyone will know exactly which questions they should be asking when deciding whether to choose a GPS tracking platform for their fleet business. That’s precisely why we decided to go over 5 simple questions that are important to think about, but that you may not think about asking. The answers to these questions may also help you decide that GPS tracking is right for you after all.

1.) Does it integrate with other office programs?
Our GPS tracking system most certainly does integrate directly with popular office equipment service software packages such as e-automate™ and MWA Intelligence™, just to name a few. You’ll even have help from our support team to tie the tracking, dispatch and weather data directly into your ERP system.

2.) Can the program be accessed by cell phone?
We know you and your drivers are on the move that’s why we offer a mobile app for logging in to the GPS tracking software. You can even save your password so that you don’t have to type in every time you log-in.

3.) Are the alerts customizable?
There are standard alerts that are usual for just about every fleet, but there is no one-size-fits-all about our fleet management software. You can add in as many alerts as you see fit! Your imagination is the limit there.

4.) Is there any training available?
While the program is very simple to jump in and learn, we do offer installation, live chat support, call-in support, and ongoing live training videos to help your fleet get the most out of your GPS tracking investment.

5.) Do the benefits outweigh the cost?
We pride ourselves on being able to offer GPS tracking that has proven methods of reducing labor expenses, increasing revenue, stopping theft, eliminating personal vehicle use, and reducing wasted mileage. That with the integration of popular computer interfaces brings multiple possibilities for functionally and increased return on investment.

We hope these 5 simple, yet powerful questions and their answers help you to make the choice that will benefit your fleet business the most. Should that mean investing in GPS tracking devices, we’re here to help.

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Using GPS Tracker Devices For Seasonal Weather Updates

GPS tracker: Autumn weather conditions

Weather experts have predicted that cool, showery weather is in store for the Northwest region of the United States this fall. Similarly, the Southeast is expected to experience wet weather. While estimation such as these can help better prepare fleet drivers for their trips across the nation, it’s never one hundred percent accurate. Mother Nature has a way of surprising all of us, but those stormy days don’t always mean the work can stop. When the show must go on, GPS tracker devices make it possible to veer into the rain more safely.

Many fleets already take advantage of the GPS tracker weather updates. The feature known as the Weather Overlay is advantageous as it adds an extra level of safety, efficiency, and productivity to the mix of your daily activities. With this feature, you can have access to 10-second updates. That means that any time a storm might get too crazy for drivers to continue on their path the weather feature will allow dispatchers, managers, and drivers to see that information instantly.

Drivers don’t have to be stuck out on the road when a random storm brews up. The pre-planned routes and schedules can be easily manipulated so that drivers can either maneuver around a storm or changed until the storm passes. Being able to offer this kind of safety to employees is awesome. After all, safety is one of the top priorities for a fleet company.

For no extra cost at all, you can have access to the Weather Overlay program as it’s just a built in feature with our live GPS tracker service! If you haven’t started using this technology yet, there is still time to reap the benefits of a GPS tracker system.

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GPS Tracking For Your Small Equipment

GPS tracking: Benefits for smaller assets

Many fleet businesses have large vehicles they need to protect, but if you run a company with a lot of small equipment you may be at even greater risk of theft. Of course, heavy duty vehicles pay off more for thieves, but it’s the smaller items that are easier for them to steal. Construction companies and fleets with smaller vehicles need all the advantages they can get when it comes to protecting their most precious assets. Today, we’re going to share a few benefits to having GPS tracking for your small equipment.

  • Satellite Connectivity: This GPS tracking feature gives you the capability to see where your assets are located no matter how remote they may be placed.
  • Alert Notifications: Setting movement alerts on your small equipment is easy to do and you’ll get notifications sent directly to your cell and/or your email. Tracking down stolen equipment is a lot easier when you know the instant it happens.
  • Stored Data: If you want to know where your vehicles or equipment has been any time within the last 90 days the stored data can be easily pulled up with historical playback. If you’re a daily or weekly statistics kind of manager then generating reports is an even better way to keep tabs on your assets.
  • Rugged Design: If your equipment is outdoors a lot during rainy weather then you’ll be happy to know that some GPS tracking devices come with waterproof, sonically sealed welded enclosures.
  • Long Lasting: Some GPS tracking devices have no battery to worry about about, but even the GPS tracking units that do require battery changes will have you amazed at their amazingly long battery life.

With GPS tracking technology you get all-purpose, dependable accessibility that is both profitable and easy to use. You can be content knowing that your smaller equipment is fully secured when you have a concern about theft in your community or neighborhood. In the event that one of your assets is stolen, you can rest assured that it will be returned to you quickly and that the criminals with be dealt with by the authorities.

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Using A GPS Tracker Reminder For Engine Air Filter Changes

GPS tracker: Keep the motor running

Fleet trucks require a lot of maintenance to stay operational. The most thought about preventative maintenance that every vehicle needs includes tire rotations, oil changes, and other fluids. One simple, yet often forgotten component is the engine air filter. When changed properly on a regular basis, your air filter can “breathe” new life into your engine. This small part is customarily underestimated in its vital role for your fleet vehicles. Since it isn’t the first thing most people think about when they hear the words “routine maintenance” it’s understandable that knowing when to change it can be forgotten. GPS tracker reminders can help you remember to do so and keep the motor running.

While every vehicle manual should tell the owner when scheduled maintenance is needed not everyone takes the time to read the manual or they tend to get lost. Most air filter service is required every 9,000 to 12,000 miles, but your fleet vehicles may need their engine filters changed more often if they drive a lot more, especially in stop-and-go traffic or have really long commutes.

If you go too long without changing the engine filter then dirt, pollen, and debris can be sucked up into the engine and it will burn inside the combustion chamber. This causes harm to the combustion chamber as well as to the vehicle’s emissions components. The easiest way to remember to change your engine filters on time is by using GPS tracker reminder alerts. With GPS tracker devices, maintenance reminders are as simple as pushing a few buttons.

On the GPS tracker interface screen you can click into alerts and enter baseline data to set up the maintenance alert which will be used to calculate the proper mileage or time to alert you. Once the criteria has been entered, you can decide whether to receive your alerts in a text message, an email, or both. Furthermore, you can choose whether or not to enable this particular alert. GPS tracker software makes changing engine air filters an easy thing to keep up with so that you won’t have more problems than necessary down the road.

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3 Ways To A Simpler Bill Of Sale With GPS Tracking

GPS tracking: Invoicing software

Imagine that “uh-oh” moment when a customer has decided they want to dispute their bill for services rendered. When that moment comes will you have any proof that your guy was actually there when he said he was? A great deal of fleet business owners have been using GPS tracking to keep this situation and others from ruining their days. Taking the guesswork out of billing is simple with GPS tracking.

Here are 3 ways you can benefit from using a GPS tracking system:

  • Helpful Reports: If you want to know things like the idle times, labor time, vehicle usage, when the last maintenance was completed, fuel usage, and vehicle condition you have recorded data that can be generated into reports. This matters for billing purposes, because your overhead costs should be a factor in how much you decide to charge your customers.
  • Hindering Disputes: GPS tracking units record timestamps of the exact moment that your employee arrived to complete services and when services ended. The charge on the bill of sale will, therefore; be the most accurate it can be.
  • Going Paper-Free: The beauty of GPS tracking is that it benefits more than one department for billing purposes. The drivers don’t have to carry around hefty log books, the manager has easy access to notes entered in the system before the workers return to the office, and invoicing is a much simpler process. The accounting efforts are able to be maximized by having all the data in one place.

Timekeeping is a breeze when automation is involved! In the end, having a simpler bill of sale process means less tedious work keeping up with invoices and taking less time to do it. Speeding things up leaves more room for additional sales, if you want to go the extra mile. With GPS tracking you have the power to make your fleets easier to manage and your workdays more efficient.

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