“But we don’t have a budget for GPS fleet tracking” is a comment that we hear quite often. Many organisations, before talking to us, just aren’t aware of the positive impact this technology will have on their business. Investing in GPS tracking technology is not merely for safety, compliance and duty of care, it will also cut down costs and improve your income. You can get GPS fleet tracking without a budget as these improvements will more than pay for the technology.
Read below to fully understand the potential to increase your income and cut your costs simply by using GPS tracking in your fleet.
Increase Fleet Productivity
Avoid Unauthorised Vehicle Use
Employees tend to be more efficient when they know their work is being monitored. Sadly, without GPS tracking, unauthorised use of fleet vehicles is happening more often than most people would like to admit. With a GPS device installed in your company vehicles, you have a powerful set of tools, reports and real-time alerts at hand. These can be used to monitor driver performance and activities to know that your staff are working for you and not doing side jobs or running personal errands. Simply monitoring your fleet’s performance can greatly impact your productivity and consequently your income.
Maximise Every Business Day
Having the ability to track every vehicle in your fleet will help you identify and dispatch the closest vehicle to a job, saving you time and fuel. Using a Fleet Management Interface, like Garmin, allows two way messaging between head office and the drivers in the field. This is a big improvement to communication when drivers do not need to get on their mobile phones to get new instructions for changes in job allocation or routing. Plus, you get notifications when a driver is idle or delayed to make sure everyone is working and right on schedule. If each driver in a 20 vehicle fleet could do just two more jobs a week during regular work hours, the increase in income would be close to $250,000* per year.
Keep Vehicles Well Maintained
Vehicles breaking down during daily operations is any fleet manager’s nightmare. This will cause a dip in productivity and may also add extra costs to repairs or maintenance. GPS tracking systems can record odometer hours or kilometres travelled and align each vehicle to a maintenance schedule. Alerts can be sent to drivers or fleet managers when servicing is required. When your vehicles are healthy, your drivers are working, which leads to more income.
Improve Customer Service
Deliver Service To More Customers
As mentioned above, when you have real-time access to your fleet’s location and status on a map, you can easily and quickly dispatch them to the closest customers. This in turn will lead to more customers served daily, which means more money for your business.
Prioritise Time With Higher Earning Customers
GPS tracking allows you to create geofences (or zones) where you can monitor the time employees spend with a customer. Knowing this can help you coach employees on how to properly use their time between higher and lower revenue generating customers, prioritising where you earn more.
Set Better Expectations For ETAs
When working on the road, delays are unpredictable and inevitable. With GPS tracking systems, you don’t have to worry about getting unsatisfied customers during delays. When drivers are running late, you will know and have a chance to notify the customer. Same as when a driver is on the way, notifying the customer that you are nearby will improve customer experience. Setting customer expectations about your arrival, late or not, will result in happy customers and happy customers result in higher incomes.
Chat to us today to find out how you can get GPS fleet tracking without a budget. Many companies pay back the investment in a matter of months.
*Increase in productivity by two jobs per week per driver at an average of $120 per job, with a fleet of 20 vehicles, is equal to $249,600.