Spring is in the air and for wholesale nurseries, this is a busy time of year. This is the time of year when you must bring your “A” game to the table and GPS fleet tracking can help you do that in more ways than you may realize.
You’ve probably heard by now that GPS fleet tracking provides excellent returns when it comes to fuel usage, but there are many other benefits it brings to the table for wholesale nurseries that are well worth considering.
Provides Accurate ETAs for Deliveries
More importantly, you can offer the smaller nurseries you serve the ability to track their shipments. Why does this matter to you? How often do you field time consuming phone calls from customers wondering when their orders will be delivered?
If you’re operating 100 or more semi tractors, you could be fielding up to 100 calls on any given day. Imagine how much time and productivity you could free up for your business simply by giving customers the ability to track their own shipments to know when their deliveries are arriving, often within a window of minutes.
As an added benefit, your customers will appreciate this option as it helps them make decisions about their business and staffing based on when the deliveries are expected. It helps you build better customer relations through accurate delivery times and estimates.
Eases Fleet Management Responsibilities
When you have many trucks, tractors, and bobtails on the road, managing these vehicles effectively can be quite the challenge when you’re doing all the routing, scheduling, and maintenance planning by hand.
GPS fleet tracking service helps you know where your vehicles are at any given moment, plan more efficient and cost effective routes, and can be used to schedule routine maintenance and identify a need for certain repairs. This, in turn, will help you manage your fleet more effectively to get more mileage out of your vehicles, your drivers, and your money.
Helps You Manage Costs More Effectively
Effective cost management is a big deal for wholesale nurseries. Whether you’re delivering your goods to a golf course, local nursery, or city government you need to make your deliveries with confidence that you’re not wasting money in the process.
GPS fleet tracking tools help you keep your vehicles running at maximum efficiency by scheduling routine maintenance and repairs. It helps you avoid time-consuming delays related to idle staff members, avoids unnecessary overtime by providing more efficient routes, and it eliminates wasteful time and money spent idling in traffic by routing you away from traffic snarls and tie-ups. Another way fleet tracking helps is by ensuring that your drivers are where they’re supposed to be at any given time and not taking care of personal business while on your clock.
In essence it saves your wholesale nursery money by improving employee accountability, keeping trucks and equipment running more efficiently and lasting longer, cutting fuel costs, creating more efficient routing, and eliminating unnecessary overtime.
With so many great benefits GPS fleet tracking brings to your business, the only question left, is why aren’t you using GPS fleet tracking for your wholesale nursery?
Are you a wholesale nursery? Are you looking to reduce costs? If so, contact us at LiveView GPS at 1.888.502.3636 to learn how GPS fleet tracking can work for you.
An animal trapper gets the unique experience of letting coyotes go after capturing them, to fulfill a GPS tracking study.
Dan Eaton, owner of CSRA Trapping Services, usually spends his days capturing coyotes, but the act of releasing them is brand new to him. For a new study involving coyotes in the areas of Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina, Eaton is capturing the coyotes so researchers can attach a GPS tracking device. He will then release them back into the wild for the research study.
The study is being conducted at the University of Georgia in Woodlawn, Georgia. This project is set to last three years in total, as they want to track a total of 160 coyotes. Michael Chamberlain, who is a professor at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, is at the head of the study.
Researchers are concerned that the dropping deer fawn population in these areas, and believe coyotes are to blame, as they are one of their biggest predators. The researchers are also concerned about all of the sightings of coyotes in suburban areas, where resident’s pets are at risk. The coyotes will be released only so the research team can track their whereabouts.
While they assume the coyotes are responsible for killing off the fawn in the area, they aren’t 100 percent sure because they are not native to their area.
“They are a keystone predator in the Southeast right now. It’s difficult to understand how coyotes affect other species until we understand the coyote,” said Chamberlain,
For the first year, they will be tracking approximately 75 coyotes in each state involved in the study with GPS tracking collars. There will be another 80 tracked in the second year. This will be the most comprehensive study of coyotes completed in the Southeast, and it is being done to know more about these wild animals.
They not only want to know their whereabouts when they attack nearby wild animals, but find out more about their hunting techniques, where they find food sources, and what might be motivating them to move over into suburban areas.
There is also a lot of public interest for this study, particularly from people who have spotted coyotes in their neighborhood, or who wonder if their beloved pet has fallen victim to a coyote.
After a coyote is trapped, it is put to sleep so that it does not harm the scientists. Each coyote is weighed and measured and blood and tissue samples are taken. Dental photos are captured as well.
Before the coyote wakes up and is released back into the wild, they get a programmed GPS tracking collar. The researchers will watch each coyote over a period of time, including their movements, behaviors, and where exactly they go, and when.
The coyote’s location is recorded every four hours, and researchers are able to see the locations for three days prior. They will continue monitoring the data and keeping record of it. The collected tissue from the coyotes will be sent to Princeton University, where there is more data available on breeding and migration patterns of the coyotes.
Spring is here, and with it comes opportunities for small businesses with commercial vehicles to save money on fuel. You can use these same tips to save money on gas when you take the family on vacation this summer.
Take advantage of Daylight Savings Time. Make the most of extended daylight hours. Keep your drivers on the road longer to make the most of good driving conditions.
Reduce the weight. Trucks and cars used for business can become traveling storage bins. All that extra weight causes the vehicle to use more fuel. Do a spring cleaning, getting rid of excess paperwork, samples, personal belongings and other non-essential detritus. Remove the sand bags you put in the trunk for winter driving conditions.
Look for the best price. Gas prices vary by locality. Make the most of even a few cents per gallon–it adds up. Use apps that direct you to the lease expensive gas stations in your area.
Go slower. This is one of the best ways to save gas. The faster you go, the higher the effect of aerodynamic drag. Driving 62 mph instead of 75 mph reduces fuel use by 15%. According to the Federal Trade Commission, every five miles per hour over 60 mph will cost you a quarter extra for each gallon of fuel you use.
Don’t idle. Turn off the engine if you’ll be stopped more than a minute. It takes less fuel to restart than it does to idle. It’s also better for your car’s engine and for the environment.
Buy an energy-efficient vehicle. If you’re in the market for a new car or truck for your business, make sure you get one with high fuel efficiency. For cars, the smaller it is the better. And one with a manual transmission is best of all.
Use cruise control. Though many people have it, not too many use it. When you maintain a constant speed for long distances, you can save gas and therefore money.
Keep your vehicles maintained. Don’t put off preventive maintenance like tune-ups and oil changes. It’s a false economy because these can help you avoid problems that affect fuel efficiency. Dirty air filters, sputtering spark plugs and low fluid levels can all cause you to use more gas.
Don’t open your windows when you drive. At highway speeds, open windows increase the drag on your car. This can reduce fuel economy as much as 10%.
Utilize GPS fleet tracking. GPS fleet tracking enables you to monitor employee driving and kick idling to the curb.
Reduce your use of air conditioning in the vehicle. Your A/C system requires your engine to work harder, which can increase fuel use by as much as 20%. Remember that the defrost selector also makes use of the air conditioner on most vehicles.
Inflate your tires. Fuel consumption increases by one percent for each 2 PSI that a single tire is under-inflated. Multiply this by four tires, and it can add considerably to your gas bill.
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