On Your Fleet

The way we do business changes all the time, but more so since computers and the Internet came into being. In some ways the way we do business has also become more complicated and with a greater focus on efficiency there has been a move toward using computer software to manage and control a worker tracking systems. Business is also more competitive as well and with increasing cost, survival often depends on economy of scale and cost efficiency being managed on a real-time basis. The is perhaps most obvious in the light transport industry, be it taxi’s, couriers or product or service delivery, such as road-side assistance, being provided as a service, or supermarket chain delivering home shopping.

With GPS and tracking software, companies can know where each fleets vehicle in all the time. The software that supports these systems is also able to map out the most efficient routes, delivery plans and patterns, and ensuring that contact between a business and it’s fleet drivers can be used to reroute vehicles to meet unscheduled requirements, thus keeping business moving all the time. This means several things to a business. More jobs can be completed each week and have real time proof of goods or service delivery. All vehicle fleets require services, and tracking software allows a business to ensure service and downtime is managed efficiently. Then there is the reduction in management costs. With the aid of GPS, software and the Internet, one person can manage several complex jobs at once. Tracking systems also provide more meaningful reporting, allowing better decision making about the most efficient way to operate the business, especially if there are seasonal variations in levels of business.

These sorts of tracking systems can also benefit your customers through cell-phone networks. More and more business are having cell phone applications developed so customers can know exactly where deliveries are, or where a service is likely to be delivered. As a consequence a customer can operate more efficiently as well. This build a stronger business to business relationship both businesses share in the cost benefits. Fleet tracking systems are becoming more common place now and as a consequence, less expensive. Some fleet management services don’t even have to be in-house. Companies provide a tracking systen, which for a relatively small fee, a smaller business can access the system relevant to their need, on-line. This avoids, what can be a huge cost, to set up a system , which might be cost prohibitive as well as more complex than is required.

There is also other tracking systems coming onto the market that are built into a company cell phone network. This applies particularly to a fleet of cars being used for travelling salesmen, customer support services or emergency service, such as police and ambulance and fire services. These systems, whilst often tied back to a main system, enable faster response times and greater accuracy of service delivery.