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Managing Your Fleet from the Road? There’s an App for That
Posted on 11/29/2016 by Lisa Durrett | 0 Comments
Are you an owner operator of a small fleet of vehicles? Then you probably know about Murphy’s Law—you know, the one that says your fleet is most likely to encounter issues when you’re out on the road and can’t really do anything about them. Well, fortunately for you, today’s best GPS vehicle tracking solutions for small businesses usually come equipped with a real-time fleet tracking app that allows you to drive as well as manage your business from the road with greater ease (not while actually driving, mind you!)
Think about a few of the practical implications. Being able to deal with a broken-down vehicle even while you’re on the road yourself is certainly a convenience. But there are a number of other capabilities you’ll gain from a GPS fleet tracking system—things that will help you get out in front of problems before they occur, saving you valuable time and money, and helping you maintain a high level of customer satisfaction.
Here are a few:
- Time and Attendance. Drivers can easily check in and out from the road, while you run attendance reports and validate payroll hours, all from your respective mobile apps. You’ll be able to keep your runs staffed efficiently, with the ability to pivot on a dime, and redirect personnel as needed, in the case of last-minute changes or emergencies.
- Job Information and Schedules. Now this is one that benefits everyone. When your whole team has access to the same information, they’ll all be marching to the same drummer. Your ability to manage back-end changes and make sure everyone gets urgent messages in a timely fashion is critical to your ability to stay on top of evolving circumstances in the field. This ability to coordinate on the fly will keep your customers happy, too.
- Tracking Fuel Purchases. Your ability to view and record fuel purchases will help you cut down on waste and allocate resources as needed. Combined with your capability to monitor traffic patterns and weather conditions, you’ll be able to steer your entire fleet to the most economical routes.
With easy access to this kind of data in the field, small business owners and fleet supervisors can stay connected to all aspects of the business in real time, no matter what tasks you happen to be doing—all without a series of phone calls that can distract you. This kind of freedom and flexibility will help you and your team be more profitable and less stressed all around. Sounds like a winning combination, doesn’t it?