Sales fuel growth and keep your bottom line healthy. One of the most effective tools for bringing in new business is your GPS fleet tracking software.
Here is a look at how GPS tracking for fleets can fuel your company’s growth.
Increase Your Area of Operation
Increasing the area where you offer service opens you up to a new and larger customer base. But it can be a risky venture, involving:
- Different weather conditions like ice, snow and storms, that are unlike your traditional area of service.
- Unfamiliar highway systems.
- Breakdowns miles from home base.
With GPS tracking, you get detailed route data. These can provide the practical information that gives you the confidence to expand. You can respond quickly to problems. Customers appreciate the fact that you can provide them with quick updates on deliveries en route.
Respond to Breakdowns Quickly
The engine diagnostics let you know if there is a problem in the making. You can keep equipment in working order with routine preventive maintenance, as well as responding quickly to damage and wear that needs repairs.
You’ll know where each truck is and when it is experiencing trouble. This lets you to get roadside assistance to it quickly, reducing downtime and avoiding missed delivery deadlines.
This keeps customers happy, builds loyalty, and improves the chances that they will refer you to other companies.
With GPS fleet tracking software, you can bill your clients quickly, which improves all-important cash flow. Clients appreciate knowing exactly what they owe in a timely manner.
They also like the fact that they are receiving a fully documented invoice. The GPS devices show when your employee arrives and leaves, reducing second-guessing and customer complaints.
Make Your Fleet Efficient
GPS tracking software makes your fleet run more efficiently in several ways:
- Engine wear and tear is fixed in a timely manner reducing breakdowns.
- Drivers can check routes on the go, avoiding construction and accidents, which gets them to the customer swiftly.
- It is easy for the dispatcher and the driver to find the most efficient route, even in rural areas where signage is bad.
- Dispatchers can send drivers to a new location on the fly, so customers can get last minute pickups quickly.
The result is that drivers can complete more jobs in the same amount of time.
Keep Customers Happy
Time is a big issue for your customers. They need to know that you value their business and you want to keep them happy. Your aim should be to give clients the service they want when they want it.
With GPS tracking software, you can re-route drivers for quick pickups. This impresses your customer and ensures repeat business.
Grow your business by relying on the real-time data that GPS tracking software provides. It can give you the confidence to expand operations. It can streamline your current operation in ways that meets your customers needs and attracts new business.
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Buzz Lightyear becomes a real hero when the toy helps track down thieves of local charity donation bins.
In Atlanta, the Mid-Atlantic Clothing (MAC) Recycling center has noticed a severe drop in donations over the past several months. They have several donation bins around Atlanta, in places like shopping centers and churches. People bring clothing, toys, and other items to donate to the organization by placing them in these bins. Unfortunately, donations are up, but the items in the bins are still going down.
What’s up with that?
The territory manager of donations, Tim Peck, told reporters of the issue with their donations:
“Our donations were down, and down a lot, as much as 35 percent. It’s tens of thousands of dollars if not more. It’s a lot of money.”
They believed the severe drop in donations was because of items being stolen from the donation bins. There are often bags of clothing and toys left in the bins overnight, which is when there is little security in the surrounding areas and puts their bins at risk. An experienced thief can easily get into these bins and remove items to later sell on their own. It has become a major problem not just for this organization, but many other recycling bin drop-off locations in Atlanta.
Since they believed that theft must be the cause of such a considerable drop, they decided to incorporate global positioning systems technology with a GPS tracking devices hidden in several different items included in the collection bins.
A stuffed Buzz Lightyear toy was one of the items with a hidden tracker, and happened to be the one that helped catch the thieves.
The GPS tracker works by detecting movement of the item and sending an alert via text to a connected smartphone, which, in this case, was Peck’s cell phone. One night, he got an alert saying the item was being moved from a collection bin location in Douglasville, Georgia. He promptly called the Douglasville Police, who sent officers to the location where the tracker was telling them to go.
Police were led to a garage in Douglasville, which had a truck backed into it and a man by the name of Everette Barton unloading items into the garage. Police said it looked as if he was sorting all of the stolen items. Barton was arrested on the spot and all of the stolen donations were returned to the charity organization.
Peck also mentioned there being around 100 other GPS trackers, so they hope that they either catch more criminals, or this arrest deters other criminals from attempting the theft. Surprisingly enough, even after this first arrest, his GPS trackers have found competing organizations stealing items from his donation bins and putting items in their company truck. Hopefully thieves catch wind of the arrests and don’t bother attempting another theft.
Delivery trucks are profitable targets for thieves. They are often filled with new products direct from the manufacturer, on their way to market. And the trucks themselves are tempting. These are valuable vehicles that can be repainted and sold or broken up for parts.
Each time a truck is lost, you face the risk of higher insurance premiums. Sadly, many law enforcement agencies are so overburdened with serious criminal acts, it is considered a low-priority crime. Since it gets little attention, it can be tempting to simply turn it over to your insurance agent.
Preventative Approaches to Deal with Theft
A better way is to set up a practical plan to keep your trucks safe from criminal activity, both on the road and in the parking lot.
Here are seven suggestions that should be part of every fleet manager’s program for ensuring truck safety.
#1. Remove the keys. This seems simplistic, but it’s amazing how often it happens. Since they are parked on the company premises, often away from urban areas with high crime, it seems like a good way to save time by simply leaving the keys in the ignition. But don’t. You’re inviting thieves to steal it.
#2. Put lots of lights in your parking area. This deters thieves, especially when combined with obvious surveillance cameras. Good lighting makes it easier for security staff to keep an eye on truck safety and spot intruders.
#3. Park in lighted areas. If the truck isn’t returned to the company premises at night, teach drivers to park in well lighted areas, even if he has to drive a few blocks out of his way.
#4. Use GPS fleet tracking software. Among many other benefits, GPS fleet tracking devices can dramatically cut back on hijacking and break ins. The vehicle sounds an alarm both at the truck and at the security desk. Criminals are leery of any truck that looks like it is equipped with this technology.
#5. Don’t leave trucks running. It is tempting to do this while the driver runs in to check with the loading dock or get some coffee. It’s the perfect time for a criminal to take off with the truck. The entire crime takes just a minute.
#6. Put valuables out of sight. Just like the family car, trucks are the target of opportunists who see laptops and mobiles sitting on seat or dashboard. Put them under the seat, in a locked box or behind the seat out of sight.
#7. Keep doors locked at all times. This includes when the truck is being driven and when it is parked. Hijackers are skilled, opening a door and forcing the driver out in seconds. A locked door is a good deterrent.