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Route Optimization for Increased Fleet Efficiency

 

Not Using GPS Route Optimization? Stop Leaving Money on the Table.

GPS Route Optimization Increases Fleet Efficiency

Companies in the business of delivering physical goods or on-site services will all benefit from optimizing the routes their drivers take while completing their daily work. Transportation costs already take a big bite out of your bottom line, and there’s no reason to expect those costs to go down on their own. If anything, your company should be anticipating that these costs will go up and should be taking direct action to addresses increases in fuel and other transportation costs.

Many drivers instinctively plan for the routes they drive each day to be as short as possible. They’re looking to have as little drive time as possible. However, their instincts are often wrong. Their routes could be much more efficient, allowing drivers to complete more work each day, and reducing the daily fuel consumption, travel time, and wear and tear on a vehicle. Route optimization also reduces the time and effort it take to plan daily routes. For drivers that travel the same route each day, these savings might be minimal. But for drivers that have routes that vary daily or regularly, the time saved by automating the routing process can offer substantial savings.

 

One of the features of GPS vehicle tracking that can provide the highest cost savings is route optimization.

 

Optimized routes will:

 

  • Reduce the kilometers driven: Every km your vehicles accumulate costs money: money in the fuel burned, the time you pay your drivers, and the time they spend on the road instead of working.
  • Reduce route planning time: Planning out routes for your drivers takes time, and the time it takes increases exponentially with the number of drivers and stops. Instead of starting the day trying to figure out where to go first, and in what order to do their stops, drivers can load their optimized route and follow the directions to their jobs in the most efficient order. Automating optimized routes will free up staff to work on other more profitable work for your business.
  • Improve customer service: With optimized routes, it will be easier to give accurate estimates of when your service providers will arrive at your customers’ locations.
  • Minimize the number of vehicles and drivers needed: With well-optimized routes, you may find you have more vehicles and drivers working on one sort of task than you actually need. These extra drivers and vehicles can now be reassigned to other more profitable tasks.

 

After loading the required stops into the GPS system, it will map out the stops in the most efficient way possible. This type of optimization is especially useful for routes that have many stops or for routes that are less familiar to the drivers.

Routes optimized through a robust vehicle GPS tracking system will also be able to provide helpful alerts for when when drivers go off route. This will let you know when vehicles are straying from the most optimal routes you’ve selected for them. Reporting in the system will also give you a sense of the cost savings achieved through the newly optimized routes. Yet another advantage is the ability to be flexible and reroute drivers as other jobs and priorities come in throughout the day. Rather than being wedded to a single, pre-planned route, drivers are able to adapt flexibly to new jobs and stops as the day progresses.

Many businesses will benefit from the utilization of route optimization in their routine. It will make your jaw drop as you realize how much money you can save. Request a demo of our GPS tracking platform today.

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Demo of Replay Feature

Check this video about the route replay feature available on the Agile Tracking platform.

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Why GPS Tracking?

Today I wanted to talk about GPS tracking systems for fleet management and why it is a no brainer for any fleet. In today’s world of high energy costs, high labour costs, and low priced wireless data, GPS tracking makes more sense than ever.

The Aderdeen Group is a respected world leader in research publications and they found that the average fuel savings   companies enjoyed was between 10% and 20% after implementing a GPS tracking solution. Fuel savings typically pay for the cost of GPS tracking on its own.

However the Aberdeen Group also noted that the main reason fleet managers use GPS tracking is to enhance customer service. In today’s highly competitive market companies are always looking for ways to be more responsive to customer requests and GPS tracking does just that.

Imagine if your client is waiting for your delivery or service call…GPS tracking allows you to share the progress of a vehicle as it makes it’s way to the customer site. This is a huge convenience for customers, eliminating those time consuming calls asking when your truck is expected to arrive.

Another emerging benefit is driver behavior reporting. New GPS tracking devices have an accelerometer built in so they can detect harsh braking, cornering and hard acceleration. Now your drivers can be rewarded for safe driving habits and insurance costs will come down as you witness a reduction in accidents.

GPS tracking systems for fleet management can do even more things like helping you to project your company as an enviromentally friendly organization. GPS tracking systems for fleet management allows you to optimize routes and reduce inefficiences with your fleet. Thanks for visiting our blog and reading this far. We beleive in what we do!

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Mobile Phone Tracking- BYOD

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the GPS Party

Bring Your Own Device for Worker Tracking

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the hottest buzz word in tech right now. But we’ve had it for years.

We have GPS tracking software for BYOD companies

Bring Your Own Device — or BYOD, to use the industry-favored acronym — is a topic that’s catching on like wildfire as more and more companies allow their employees to bring and use their own devices to work. The devices are typically things like the employees’s personal smartphone, and the work location could be anywhere from a staid corporate office to a natural gas pipeline in the middle of nowhere. Among other advantages like happier employees, a recent article on InfoWorld also points to a study of executives and others in the know that shows that companies that have implemented BYOD are 73% more likely to report improved sales and new customer acquisitions than companies who had not implemented Bring Your Own Device. Furthermore, fifty-four percent of those companies were more likely to report increased profits than their non-BYOD-ing counterparts.

Why the increased profitability? At least in the areas of lone worker tracking and field service workers, Bring Your Own Device, when coupled with appropriate installed tracking software and the platform to monitor it, allows companies to make sure sure that workers are where they’re supposed to be — without having to rely on an in-vehicle GPS or other device. Couple that with geofencing technology, and companies can receive an alert whenever an employee enters or leaves a given area — and if they assign a specific route, they can also make sure an employee gets into and then leaves an area by an appropriate path. All of which, of course, helps both workers and companies be more efficient — and improved efficiency always goes to bottom line, whether we’re talking about field service workers bringing their own devices or not.

The untapped potential is huge —we here at Agile Tracking are well-positioned to help your company leverage the BYOD craze. We can license the software to install on your employee devices, and get you set up in record time with the GPS tracking platform to leverage that information. If you’re an existing client, get a hold of your Fleet Consultant to find out more about how we can help you with mobile device tracking.

If you’re not currently a client but think it might be time to bring your own business to Bring-Your-Own-Device, request a demo and see how we can get you up and running with GPS tracking.

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4 Dispatcher Tools You Need

4 Dispatcher Tools Every Fleet Management Platform Should Have

Dispatchers need good tools for efficient fleet management

Great tools to help your dispatchers be great.

Whether you are a small business with 2 or 3 trucks or an enterprise large enough to host and operate your own dispatching and fleet management center, there are certain dispatcher tools you should have to make life easier for your dispatchers, boost the number of stops your drivers can make, and grow your bottom line through increased efficiencies.

Here are four tools your dispatchers will love.

1. The Ability to See Trips in Progress

First and foremost, any real-time GPS tracking platform should allow dispatchers to see all of the trips currently in progress. Having that ability means dispatchers can make more informed, more efficient decisions about which driver to send where at any given point in time.

2. The Ability to Create New Trips

A good dispatcher, of course, will oftentimes need to create new trips for his or her drivers — a “trip,” in platform-speak, simply meaning a route that has been assigned to a vehicle. Dispatchers should be able to create trip routes using a map view. For the ultimate in flexibility, a fleet management dispatcher should also be able to modify trips on the fly, adding stops in real time as appropriate.

3. The Ability to Find the Closest Driver

There are often times when an unplanned customer service call will require a vehicle to be dispatched long after routes have originally been given to drivers. When time is a critical element in these kinds of dispatches, very often the most efficient solution is to find the closest vehicle and assign it. But how does a dispatcher know which active fleet is closest to the new stop? A good tool for finding the closest asset will let the dispatcher search by either clicking on the platform’s map, typing in an address, searching for a given landmark, or even searching withing a custom-drawn circle or polygon. Only with that kind of flexibility can a dispatcher be guaranteed of finding the correct available resource to assign.

4. The Ability to Share Directions to a New Stop

Having the ability to create a new stop and add it to a driver’s trip would be pretty meaningless to a dispatcher if the driver is unable to find the newly added stop. With a Share Directions tool, your dispatchers would never need to feel that particular pain. Simply enter a starting and stopping address — or even better, just click on the desired locations in the platform tracking pane — and the system will calculate directions and send them to the driver’s phone, tablet or computer. Now that’s leveraging the efficiency of a GPS tracking platform!

Of course, you’ve probably figured out already that the Agile Tracking GPS tracking platform has all of this fleet management and dispatching goodness built right in.

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Insurance Industry Using Telematics

Today I heard on the CBC news that Insurance companies in Canada are finally starting to adopt the technology already in use in the US for many years…opt-in driver behavior tracking with a GPS device for insurance discounts and safety reasons.

Tracking driver behavior with GPS tracking is a simple and sensible solution to the high cost of vehicle insurance while improving the safety of employees and the general public, while helping the enviroment with more fuel efficient driving.

Today you can take a “plug and play” GPS tracking device…plug it into your vehicle OBD port and away you go.  The device can measure driver behavior using a built in accelerometer. The accelerometer measures G-force so drivers and fleet managers can get email alerts and reports based on rapid acceleration, harsh braking and agressive cornering as well as excessive speeding and idiling…key signs of high risk driving habits.

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New Plug and Play Device

Agile Tracking is pleased to announce the availability of the Calamp LMU 2000.