GPS tracker: Save fuel
Fuel expenses are one of the most talked about fleet costs as many seek to understand how to decrease them. A lot of fleet owners feel they save more in the fall, but your fleet might still be spending too much on fuel no matter what the season happens to be. It could be that your drivers are going about their day all wrong and there’s no way for you to know about it, unless you have GPS tracker devices in every vehicle. Today, we’re going to detail 3 reasons fuel expenses cost more when you’re not using GPS tracker devices.
1.) Little To No Route Planning: A common problem among fleet drivers is taking the long way around. It may be unintentional, but some drivers know one way to go and choose that path no matter what. Others only rely on phone apps or outdated personal navigation devices to get around, often finding themselves getting lost and wasting mileage in the process.
2.) Too Much Idling: Colder weather may cause more drivers to keep the engine running longer in an attempt to warm up the vehicle. Some drivers will leave a vehicle running to dash inside for what they feel is “just one moment”. Every second of idling adds up, wastes fuel, and counts towards the eventual degradation of the engine.
3.) The Tendency To Speed: It seems to be a common thought process among drivers that going 5-10 miles over the speed limit is acceptable. Not only is this dangerous, but speeding makes the engine work harder and burn more fuel.
Now, what would happen if you did have GPS tracker devices in every vehicle? With GPS tracker devices dispatchers would be able to provide turn-by-turn directions to drivers and plan out the shortest, quickest routes to job-sites. This would eliminate problems with route planning. Additionally, idling could be monitored with reports and alerts. Finally, speeding can also be monitored by checking the GPS tracker data which is automatically recorded.
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GPS tracking: Storage for customer data
After years of being in business it’s quite possible to have your customer files taking up the majority of one wall. Perhaps, you even have files taking up several wall spaces. Some fleet businesses have migrated to digital files such as spreadsheets or to using storage in the “cloud”, but even those require a little more work to maintain than the easy to use method we’re going to share, today. If you’re already using GPS tracking software to make your fleet run more smoothly, then it’s time we enlighten you to the fact that the devices you cherish for overseeing daily happenings in the field can also be used to keep track of your customer’s data.
You can digitally enter in loads of customer information and save a lot of rainforests. The information drivers might also need to obtain while on the road might include things such as names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and notes about the last service or products they’ve received. Now, if drivers need to gain quick access to customer information, they don’t need to lug around a clipboard of papers with customer data scribbled on it.
The GPS tracking system allows all users to be connected to the same information. This way anyone at the office or in the field has the ability to add or change data and others will see the modifications. This may be useful in situations when the driver encounters a time delay and needs to get in touch with a customer to inform them of the new estimated time of arrival. For many reasons, GPS tracking is the smart, safe, and simple way to maintain all customer data. That’s right, it’s time to ditch those dusty, old (and possibly smelly) files.
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GPS tracking: Your go-to solution
If you’ve ever run a booth during a large convention, trade show, or vendor event then you understand the importance of having everything very well organized. The goal is to bring awareness to your brand and, if you’re lucky, walk out of the place making more money than you spent to rent the space. In the meantime, how are you keeping up with all the steps it took to get to that point? For your next big event, GPS tracking could be your go-to solution.
With GPS tracking, booth managers can monitor and control their inventory from the moment they acquire it to the moment they sell it. The inventory list can be automatically updated within the GPS tracking system. If you have more than one driver bringing your merchandise, the live map makes it easy for other users to see where the rest of their party members are located. Remember the days of trying to caravan and hoping that you never lost sight of the person you were following? That doesn’t have to be the case with GPS tracking.
The logistics go beyond inventory control and seeing other drivers on the live map. In fact, if traffic or other road hazards should pop up along your way to the vendor event, simply look at the map for options to re-route your path with a few simple clicks. Some devices even have extended battery life, are lightweight, and portable. This means, that you could keep track of customers that stop by your booth by adding in their data. This allows you to be able to reach out to them later with other promotional offers!
There are so many uses for GPS tracking devices and using the software for your next vendor event is a smart solution!
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GPS trackers: Ditch the personal navigational system
Think your personal navigation system can do everything that GPS trackers can do? That’s cute, but it’s wrong. If you’re still using a personal navigation system for your fleets, there’s a lot you’re missing out on. The pretty facade and a silly voice is all you get. You may ask “well what’s wrong about that?” The answer is that tracking units, like ours, have features that don’t make you work harder than necessary to stay up-to-date with first-rate mapping. Here are a few ways that GPS trackers are superior.
1.) Automatic Updates: Personal navigation systems don’t have maps that automatically update to show current traffic conditions, road hazards or other structural changes. Guess what? GPS trackers do! These devices aren’t just equipped with pre-set maps, they’re automatically kept up to date.
2.) Automatic Data: 1, 5, or 10 second updates are offered to you when you use GPS trackers. Not only will drivers know current traffic and weather conditions, but management will know the exact location of every driver thanks to live integration.
3.) Automatic Searches: Does your personal navigation system allow you to quickly search your area for gas stations? GPS trackers allow the driver to find anything in the area on the map. The best part is that it also displays whether the location is open or closed.
With trackers you don’t get just one streamline route! You get a live map with many options to help your fleet drivers be more efficient. There really is no chance of getting lost either with the most up to date maps being delivered instantly. Personal navigation devices may be a cheaper option, but clearly they certainly aren’t superior. Are you ready to ditch the personal navigation system?
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GPS tracking: Aiding field sales representatives
Being a manager of the field sales professionals can sometimes be tough to hack. The skill set involved with a job like this isn’t like an ordinary office job. You’ve got to be able to juggle multiple people at once. It’s for reasons like this one that many businesses with field sales professionals are turning to GPS tracking for help. Here are a few ways these businesses have been using GPS tracking:
- Safer Driving Directions: Printing off directions and trying to glance down at a piece of paper while driving is old school and not really safe. Furthermore, using a cell phone (with a map app up) in one hand and driving with the other isn’t the safest way to navigate around. Sales representatives deserve better and businesses that don’t want to have increased accident rates think so, too. GPS tracking has been offering sales teams a hands-free device with live maps and an easy understanding of ongoing traffic conditions.
- Last Minute Changes: The life a salesperson can be a busy one and itinerary changes may occur. With GPS tracking, two-way communication is an easy, safe way for management to reach out to the driver without incorporating cell phone usage. If hazardous road conditions seem to be a problem, someone back at the office can manipulate the planned route so that the driver doesn’t have to stop or get stuck in congested traffic.
- Keeping Up With Sales: Data can be stored in the GPS tracking system to help the sales team keep up with clients as they bring them on board. These forward thinking companies have long forgotten about having a pen and paper system or a Rolodex, because all of their customer data can be pulled up from the device.
These are just a few of the wonderful ways that GPS tracking has a made a difference in the sales world. By providing a way for field sales professionals to get directions safely, role with last minute changes, and keep up with their clients as they gain them, it saves the business time and increases productivity.
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GPS tracking: Reaching beyond
GPS tracking offers many helpful tools to make fleet businesses better. One, sometimes hidden, gem with GPS tracking is their ability to offer an easy way to see where a device has traveled at any point within the past 90 days. This feature, called Historical Playback, gives quite an in depth history in a few minutes, without having to run individual reports. Let’s dive in a bit deeper with one example of how Historical Playback could be beneficial to your fleet business.
Find Data For An Exact Date: Let’s say a circumstance arises which requires you to look up specific details about where a vehicle went throughout the day, but it was 65 days ago. That’s not a problem with GPS tracking Historical Playback. First, you simply click into the Historical Playback area of the control panel and choose the device in question using the drop down menu. Above that you can type in the exact day you need and, if necessary, get specific about the range of time. If you want, feel free to use the slider bar to scroll straight to the end of the day and see all routes taken by that vehicle for the whole day.
When we think about how GPS tracking technology changes the way businesses operate, and the benefits presented, the first thing that comes to mind is the ability to locate vehicles in real-time. While this is the main reason GPS tracking is adopted by many, there is so much more these devices can do and there isn’t an extra cost involved for using things like Historical Playback. Whether it be for tax purpose or a personnel issue, you just never know when older data will come in handy. With the Historical Playback feature, you’re able to reach beyond just the everyday obvious needs.
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GPS tracker: Getting data quickly
The GPS tracker alert system enables you to create an infinite number of various alerts for whatever you feel is important for you to know about how your fleet business is being run. The nice part about the program is that it allows you to designate if you want the alerts emailed to you or sent via text. Both options are nice and there is always the option to have both! It seems though, that getting quick messages via text is often regarded as the best option and some feel as though it’s the only option for them.
That could be a mistake. We’re going to talk about one major reason why having GPS tracker alerts emailed to you may be a smart choice. Having GPS tracker alerts emailed to you is great, because they are easier to sift through that way. Let’s explain a little more about what we mean. First of all, many email programs allow you to create folders and move inbox emails so that you still have important data you need (for now or later) without it clogging up your view of new, incoming emails. Why is this important?
Well, have you ever had a boss or heard of one always asking for important questions to be emailed to them even though you just tried to have the same face-to-face conversation with them? It’s about protecting themselves and covering all of their basis.
With GPS tracker alerts, you can get everything from Speed Alerts to Geofence Alerts sent to email and they can be accessed right away. This is vital, because if there is ever a cause for concern with one of your drivers and you need to have “the talk”, then you can sift through GPS tracker alerts in your email a lot quicker than you could scroll through a slew of texts to find the data you need to prove your point. Not only is it easy to find email data quickly, but they’re easier to print.
See? Getting email isn’t such a bad thing.
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GPS tracker: Helps you manage your data
Often times the amount of information that fleet managers need to keep track of can seem a bit overwhelming. If you feel this way, as a fleet manager, then just know that GPS trackers are some of the best devices for providing you with data you want in an easy to comprehend format. GPS trackers are very user-friendly and make it a breeze to receive various, customized reports. We know you’re busy and you may feel as though you don’t have time to check every little detail on a regular basis. So, until you become a master at handling your email inbox and/or text messages we will tell you the top 3 GPS tracker reports that you should check and the reasons why they are helpful.
1.) The Standard Report: The reason this GPS tracker report is worth a check is because it gives you all the basic information your device generates. For example, you can see the latitude, longitude, time of day and speed your vehicles drove throughout the day.
2.) The Start/Stop Report: This GPS tracker report will show you all the stops that your vehicles made which were greater than a designated time frame of your choosing. So, if you set it to one hour, then you will only see the stops where the chosen vehicle spent an hour or more.
3.) The Aggressive Driving Report: This GPS tracker report allows you to check on any aggressive driving your vehicles may be doing by reporting an increase or decrease in speed. It will allow you to see if a driver is accelerating normally to get on the interstate or is driving dangerously down a city street.
From the Standard Report you gain important information in order to help you maintain that drivers are sticking to their schedules and driving within the speed limit. Having the data from the Start/Stop Report will help you determine if drivers are spending too long at a work location based on the job that needs to be completed. Finally, the Aggressive Driving Report displays activity such as harsh braking or excessive lane changes which burn fuel faster. Being able to stop this behavior would save your fleet business money in the long run. You can have your data and read it too with GPS tracker reports.
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GPS trackers: Making a big splash
Managing a pool cleaning company has it’s ups and downs for sure, but this is the perfect season for your maintenance guys to get out there. While your pool cleaners might be the hardest workers you know, wouldn’t you like to make all of your jobs a little easier? One of the most important aspects of any business is keeping an open line of communication. GPS trackers can help bridge the gap between managers, employees and customers. Here are a few ways that GPS trackers can benefit your swimming pool cleaning company.
1.) Job tracking: Our GPS trackers have a live map which displays exactly where your vehicles are parked or driving to at any given time. GPS trackers have the ability to provide you with time-stamped evidence of jobs completed from start time to end time. This really cuts down on discrepancies. This great for both the customer and you to have accurate reports.
2.) Inventory control: Keep track of pool cleaning chemicals that you have in stock by creating the digital list using GPS trackers. Also, know exactly where equipment is located. Being able to control inventory will cut down on expenses for replacing items that might have gotten lost.
3.) Vehicle maintenance: GPS trackers allow managers, like you, to set up automatic maintenance reminders on vehicles. So, when your employee is out cleaning a swimming pool, he doesn’t have to worry about the oil being changed. The reminders can be for oil changes, tire rotations, under the hood replacements and more. GPS trackers can also show reports on idling, harsh braking habits, speeding and other aggressive driving which can be used to decrease these actions and save money on repairs associated with them.
Your swimming pool cleaning company already has enough paperwork to keep track of which is why with GPS trackers paperless data has never been easier. There are many benefits to using GPS trackers that far outweigh the initial cost. They are simple to operate and provide you the information you need, when you need it, at your fingertips! GPS trackers have been making a big splash with all types of businesses, will yours be one of them?
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