Just like distribution and delivery businesses can benefit from incorporating GPS tracking into their business vehicles, seasonal businesses, such as lawn care services, pool-cleaning companies, and snow removal companies can too. In fact, these services may benefit more than other similar services.
Why is that? Because the window of time for these businesses to operate is so limited that every dollar must pull double duty.
Lawn Care Services
The landscaping services industry is estimated to become an $80.6 billion industry by 2015, according toLandscapeOnline.com. Most landscaping companies rely heavily on service routes that they work week after week in order to maintain lawns during the summer months. In states that have more months of summer-like weather, the seasons are longer, but most U.S. states have some sort of winter, where this industry is less widely utilized.
This means that saving money is as important as investing money into the business. GPS tracking for seasonal businesses allows your landscaping company to reap the rewards, such as
- Better route planning and dispatching
- Improved fuel efficiency
- Reduced labor costs
- Increased productivity
- Lower insurance rates
- And more
These savings, in and of themselves, are substantial. When you combine them, however, the savings are even more impressive.
Verification of services and time spent on the location is another big benefit to keep in mind if disputes should arise over billing practices. GPS fleet tracking backs up your business in these instances too — even providing documents you can present as evidence in court.
Snow Removal Services
Just like landscaping services, snow removal business owners must also work to maximize savings. While it’s generally obvious that snow removal services have performed their assigned duties, there are still times when issues over billing crops up. GPS tracking helps snow plow removal in ways that put client’s minds at rest — especially after busy snow removal seasons.
Snow removal companies face unique challenges as not everyone is on retainer. Some people only call in for services once the snow begins to fall. This leaves you with a bit of a logistical nightmare without GPS tracking capabilities. However, with GPS fleet tracking you can easily see where all your trucks are, pinpoint areas calling in for service as they come and schedule your drivers next destinations according to which is the most fuel efficient option.
Snow removal trucks are vulnerable to the whims of Mother Nature just as any other vehicles on the road. There are weather conditions when, despite the need for clear roads, it’s unsafe for these vehicles to be on the road. GPS tracking can help you track the weather along with your fleet movements so you can let your drivers know when it’s time to come in and wait for the worst of the storm to pass before getting back to work.
Seasonal businesses offer necessary services in a somewhat limited window of time. For this reason alone, they must find new and innovative ways to cut costs in a world where fuel and other operating expenses are on the rise. GPS tracking is a great tool for accomplishing this and so much more.
Researchers use GPS tracking to find out more about the newly increased population of Snowy Owls in Maryland.
The Snowy Owl is an elusive bird that is native to Canada, though it can be found in various locations around the United States as well. It is also the official bird for Quebec, a province in Canada. While its classification is still not confirmed, experts believe it to be closely related to the Bubo horned owls. They can travel thousands of miles on their own and typically do when the seasons change.
One of the snowy owls being tracked, Hungerford, did just that when she traveled from the Arctic tundra to the coast of Maryland in the fall. In the winter, researchers found her and have been tracking her activity, along with other owls involved in a study.
While they are some of the largest birds that can be found in North America, there is little information about them. They don’t generally like to be around humans and spend most of their time in the Arctic Circle, only moving to the United States in the winter.
Usually, humans rarely see them, but this past winter it all changed. Residents began seeing them around Thanksgiving in Georgia, Kentuck,and Nebraska. A biologist, Dave Brinker, who works for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources saw two of them on a Maryland beach, which is practically unheard of. Brinker knew this was something that might not happen again and he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about these interesting birds.
There is currently a fast population boom going in with the snowy owls, called an irruption. This is the biggest population of these birds that have been seen in 40-50 years. The source of more snowy owls breeding is thanks to a growing population of lemmings, which are the rodents that snowy owls eat more than other food sources. With more lemmings available, snowy owls have been able to survive longer and grow a large population, which might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This new research project is called Project Snowstorm and is being lead by Brinker and Scott Weidensaul. Two dozen solar-powered GPS trackers have been purchased following a crowdfunding event that helped raise $36,000.
The owls were tracked by visiting places they had been seen before, especially areas they knew the owls waited for their prey. After setting a trap and waiting, they were able to capture the owls and place a GPS tracking device on them.
The GPS trackers are solar powered and are very lightweight, as to not bother the owls. Brinker said they notice it at first but quickly adjust to it. Now that their activity and movement is being tracked, they have set up awebsite where anyone can track the path of the snowy owls.
According to theBureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 1.25 million delivery drivers employed in the U.S. in 2012. That’s a lot of deliveries made and delivery vehicles on the road each and every day. One thing that a vast majority of these vehicles have in common is that GPS tracking technology could help them operate more efficiently. The benefits of GPS delivery tracking below are just the tip of the iceberg.
Real Time Delivery Notifications
Delivery alerts in real time offers a huge benefit that adds value to your company over other delivery companies when customers are making their choice. Companies want to know when their customers receive the goods. They want proof that the items they sent were delivered and where those items were delivered in case issues ever arise.
Monitor Delivery Employees
GPS monitoring of employees works. It’s as simple as that. In fact, it works on many fronts. First, it keeps the lead out of their feet. If they know you’re going to get a report every time they go above the posted speed limit, they’re going to keep their speeds on target. This means fewer speeding tickets and lower insurance rates.
It also keeps them on task and not making any unscheduled pit stops on their routes. You’ll know if your employees are taking excessive breaks or running personal errands on the company dime because you have the ability to track their whereabouts at all times. You may only do this when problems arise, but those problems are often greatly reduced simply because employees know you have the ability.
Keep Up With Vehicle Maintenance
Delivery drivers rely on operational vehicles. Breakdowns and replacement vehicles weigh heavily upon the company’s bottom line. You can keep your delivery trucks on the road longer by following routine maintenance requirements and using GPS fleet tracking to schedule maintenance when the time is right.
Scheduling Delivery Routes
For many delivery and distribution companies, delivery routes change dramatically from one day to the next. It’s rare that companies have the same delivery schedules every day. This means that the most optimal routes for deliveries will vary from widely from one day to the next. Using GPS tracking tools, you can easily schedule the most efficient routes for all your drivers so that all deliveries are made in a timely manner and for maximum fuel and workforce efficiency.
Track and Reduce Idling Time
Idling wastes more gas than the average consumer realizes. According toNatural Resources Canada, the average idling vehicles consumes over one cup of fuel per ten minutes of idling time. At today’s gas prices, that adds up fast. GPS tracking can help delivery and distribution drivers avoid traffic jams, find paths with fewer stops and starts, and maximize route efficiency and overall fuel savings.
The average delivery company has a lot to gain by incorporating GPS tracking into their daily operations. The sooner you take action the better your long-term savings will be.