Discover How to Boost Fleet Productivity with a Telematics Solution

GPS vehicle tracking systems provide fleet operators with a powerful tool to help cut costs and operate their vehicles more efficiently. But there's another benefit to a telematics solution that's often overlooked – improving productivity. And not just with your drivers, but throughout your entire fleet. Download this eBook to learn more.

Discover how to BOOST FLEET PRODUCTIVITY WITH A TELEMATICS SOLUTION eBook Discover how to BOOST FLEET PRODUCTIVITY WITH A TELEMATICS SOLUTION GPS vehicle tracking systems provide fleet operators with a powerful tool to help cut costs and operate their vehicles more efficiently. But there’s another benefit to a telematics solution that’s often overlooked – improving productivity. And not just with your drivers, but throughout your entire fleet. When you know the precise location and performance of every vehicle in your fleet, you can: • Utilize driver time more effectively • Optimize scheduling and routing • Streamline maintenance processes • Increase labor and vehicle utilization efficiency • Reduce administrative overhead • Better control across-the-board operational expenses • Spend less time managing employees and more time taking care of customers. In fact, according to research, fleet operators that focus on achieving the benefits of a fleet management system improve productivity by an average of 10 to 15 percent, while enhancing vehicle utilization by 15 to 20 percent1. Achieving these results starts with implementing a GPS vehicle tracking system with onboard engine diagnostics. Once in place, this system provides the data you need to make informed management decisions that help increase productivity throughout your fleet. ENHANCE DRIVER PRODUCTIVITY Raising productivity involves getting more work out of your drivers in the same amount of time – without increasing overhead. GPS vehicle tracking capabilities can help you accomplish this goal in many different ways: • Track vehicle stop/start times. Unauthorized or excessively lengthy breaks waste time and cost you money. Vehicle stop/start alerts and reports let you monitor driver behavior to ensure they utilize their time efficiently. • Optimize vehicle utilization patterns. Reviewing trip, fleet utilization, and other system reports gives insight into short- and long-term driving patterns that can lower productivity. With this data, you can identify problem areas and take action to use your vehicles and drivers more efficiently. • Avoid unplanned vehicle downtime. Engine diagnostic trouble codes and maintenance alerts can prevent roadside breakdowns that waste driver time and lead to costly repairs. • Hold drivers accountable. Tracking vehicle location and engine performance provides the data you need to coach drivers to adopt more productive driving habits. This means less idling, taking more direct routes, eliminating unauthorized side jobs or personal use of company vehicles, and other behaviors that can reduce fleet productivity. ROUTE VEHICLES MORE EFFICIENTLY Routing and dispatching your vehicles more efficiently can reduce time behind the wheel, speed up customer response times, and help prevent costly overtime for more cost-effective use of your labor force. With GPS tracking, you can instantly identify the vehicle closest to a location, find the quickest set of directions, and send those directions to a driver in seconds. By dispatching the closest driver, you can get there faster and use less fuel in the process. You can also use sophisticated online mapping features to adjust routes in real time. Many systems offer in-cab Garmin integration enabling you to dispatch drivers to specific destinations, reroute vehicles during emergencies, and provide turn-by-turn directions – all via the driver’s in-cab Garmin device. A GPS vehicle tracking system with onboard engine diagnostics provides the data to make informed management decisions that can help increase productivity throughout your fleet. DATAPOINT: FLEET OPERATORS THAT FOCUS ON ACHIEVING THE BENEFITS OF A FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY BY AN AVERAGE OF 10 TO 15 PERCENT1. eBook 1 Custom Research from Frost & Sullivan LCV Telematics Market – November 2013. Robust reporting capabilities provide detailed fleet tracking information – including miles traveled, number of trips, engine performance data, and more – that helps you analyze vehicle utilization and routing efficiencies. In particular, customizable trend reports help you identify opportunities for streamlining and organizing service and delivery routes. Improving routing, even by a small percentage, can increase the overall productivity of your fleet. It helps to lower fuel usage and greenhouse emissions. Workers can perform more jobs each day, improving productivity and increasing revenues. And dispatchers spend less time calling drivers to find out where they are. The result is faster, more efficient service calls or deliveries, which lead to greater customer satisfaction. STREAMLINE FLEET MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES It’s hard for drivers to work efficiently when their vehicles don’t. That’s why preventive maintenance is such an important part of enhancing fleet productivity. With a wireless fleet management system, you can: • Set proactive reminders for oil changes, tune-ups, and other vehicle upkeep activities. • Schedule service work reminders and alerts ahead of time to limit driver downtime. • Use diagnostic alerts to perform preemptive maintenance instead of waiting for vehicles to break down. • Streamline your service scheduling process with automatic reminders and service records that provide a comprehensive history of every vehicle. • Eliminate paperwork – and the problem of lost or misfiled paperwork - with online vehicle service tracking and other information management capabilities. • Use maintenance records to identify and reduce duplicate work by mechanics and vendors. When using a telematics solution to manage the preventive maintenance process, the majority of work will shift to scheduled maintenance, helping diminish emergency and unexpected repairs and prevent breakdowns. And if you maintain and service your own vehicles, you may also notice that labor overtime can decrease as vehicle breakdowns and unexpected repairs decline. TRACK YOUR ASSETS MORE EFFICIENTLY Trying to locate mobile assets in the field can be a huge time waster, especially for companies that frequently move their assets. GPS systems that include a mobile asset tracker can save time and control costs while reducing administrative headaches. With reliable GPS tracking of fixed and movable fleet assets, you can: • Quickly and easily identify the precise location of every fixed or movable asset in your fleet. • Improve response times by pinpointing asset locations. • Schedule automatic alerts to notify you when assets get moved. Asset trackers let you work faster and more efficiently by providing an exact GPS location of your assets so that drivers can easily find them, even in remote locations. They make it easy to locate and manage high-value assets, and they facilitate fast, efficient movement of assets in the field. Drivers spend less time trying to locate assets and more time performing their service work. Asset tracking can also help prevent theft by notifying you of unauthorized movement. MAKE INFORMED MANAGEMENT DECISIONS Improving productivity also involves making better decisions, and that requires getting the right data in the hands of the right people at the right time. GPS tracking systems provide sophisticated online data management and reporting tools that help you organize, manage, and share your vehicle data for informed fleet management decisions. When management and employees use the same accurate data, it takes the guesswork out of fleet management and reduces the errors, rework, and wasted time that drag productivity down. For example, with onboard engine diagnostics, you no longer have to physically inspect each vehicle or call around to get odometer and other meter values, because the system automatically transmits the data. Understanding exactly how, when and where your vehicles get used allows for better scheduling of work. Similarly, understanding how and when work gets completed allows you to identify less efficient employees or crews. With this data available for analysis and review, you can implement strategies to maximize work completed while minimizing overtime. Routing and dispatching your vehicles more efficiently helps reduce time behind the wheel, speed up customer response times, and prevent costly overtime. Raising productivity involves getting more work out of your drivers in the same amount of time – without increasing overhead. Wireless fleet management systems also boost productivity by letting you organize and view the data the way you need to see it. For example: • Schedule reports on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis • Format reports by individual vehicle, groups of vehicles, or the entire fleet • Set report parameters to include from one to 360 days of fleet data • View in-depth reports on engine diagnostics, speed, location, and other individual vehicle performance metrics • View summary reports to analyze long-term trends and identify opportunities for improvement in overall fleet performance. Perhaps most important in today’s increasingly mobile workplace, wireless GPS systems seamlessly integrate with PCs, smartphones, and other mobile devices, giving you the flexibility to manage your fleet in the office, at home, or on the road. TURN PRODUCTIVITY INTO REVENUE When employees work more efficiently and effectively, you can realize a host of favorable outcomes: • Increase sales and revenues by completing more jobs in the same amount of time (or less). • Use your budget more effectively. • Comply more easily with government mandates regarding fleet size and vehicle utilization. • Improve on-time deliveries and service calls. • Satisfy customers and citizens as you deliver faster, more responsive service. Operating a more productive fleet also allows you to focus on other areas of your business. Faster response times and improved customer service generate more repeat business from existing customers. Improved dispatching and routing let you take on more jobs without adding vehicles or personnel. And satisfied customers will be more likely to recommend your business. Ultimately, improving productivity helps you put more dollars on your bottom line. THE VERIZON NETWORKFLEET SOLUTION Improving productivity isn’t a one-time event; it’s an ongoing process that involves making incremental improvements helping you work smarter and faster. Networkfleet provides timely, accurate data about every aspect of your fleet’s performance, allowing you to identify and correct problem areas while taking advantage of opportunities for improvement. When implemented with a disciplined, focused approach, Networkfleet can lead to dramatic productivity improvements and help you make the most of your investment. To learn more about how our GPS fleet management solution can help you improve productivity throughout your fleet, visit networkfleet.com or contact us at 1.866.869.1353. networkfleet.com © 2015 Verizon. All Rights Reserved. The Verizon name and logo and all other names, logos, and slogans identifying Verizon’s products and services are trademarks and service marks or registered trademarks and service marks of Verizon Trademark Services LLC or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. WP-N010 10/14/14 CONTACT US E-mail: sales@networkfleet.com Call: 866.869.1353 Web: networkfleet.com Improving productivity involves making better decisions, which requires getting the right data in the hands of the right people at the right time. GPS systems that include mobile asset tracking capabilities can save time and control costs while reducing administrative headaches.
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