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Five Considerations When Evaluating Fleet Tracking Technology
Posted on 08/28/2013 by Ashley Jones | 0 Comments
You might find this interesting to see in a blog post on fleet tracking, but your solution should do so much more than just track your vehicles. It’s important that you can track all of your valuable assets. To do so, you need the best software and hardware in the industry. Ask about your potential provider’s hardware. What do they offer? Is the hardware rugged enough to last? Your trucks and assets are essential to your business. Make sure you know where they are at all times.
You manage more than just your fleet; you manage your jobs as well. A comprehensive fleet tracking solution should have robust scheduling functionality. Give yourself or your dispatcher a break and stop doing things manually. Easily assign jobs with a click of button in an easy-to-use calendar feature. Quick, easy and effective – watch you productivity shoot through the roof.
3. Dispatching and Routing
You’ve got your employees scheduled for jobs; now get them out there and working! A fleet dispatching application enables you to provide your drivers with voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions. Not only does it cut down on distraction, but it provides customers accurate ETAs. The days of vague service windows are over and everyone’s happy. Create the most efficient routes with one-click route optimization. Done and done!
Comprehensive reporting capabilities give you the ability to find out what’s working and what’s not with your fleet. Select the reports you want to view on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and have them sent to your inbox. Idling cutting into your fuel costs? With an Idle Report, you quickly assess whose idling and take corrective action. You can’t control gas prices (unfortunately), but you can control employee behavior. They may not even know they are costing you money. Have a discussion and problem solved.
5. Integration Capabilities
The ability to integrate your GPS fleet tracking solution with your other applications will take a serious load off your mind. Integrate back office systems like QuickBooks or other workforce management applications with your fleet tracking solution and see a dramatic impact on efficiency. Not to mention less redundant work. And who doesn’t like that?