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Enhancing the electrical industry

By Simon Austin June 18, 2019

How businesses like yours are benefitting from GPS fleet management software

It’s easy to commend the virtues of a GPS tracking solution – greater productivity, improved safety, lower costs – the list goes on. But what does this mean in the real world for businesses like yours?

When used to its full potential, fleet management software can mean greater efficiency, increased productivity and higher revenues. Here’s how:

Decreasing personal use

With staff almost always out on the road or on site, it’s not easy to verify that they are only ever carrying out company business, without detours for personal errands or jobs. GPS fleet management software can help.

Live tracking information can be used to reduce personal and unauthorised use and make sure your staff are always on the job when they should be. Geofences can also be placed around permitted areas and no-go zones, so you can have total peace of mind that your drivers are using their vehicles for company purposes only.

UK-based electrical contractor Best Electric report significantly reducing personal use of company vehicles since implementing the Verizon Connect solution. A reduction in personal mileage can result in lower fuel consumption and less wear and tear on your vehicles.

It can also lessen the risk of damage to your company reputation. If an employee carries out a sub-par job in your van, it’s your name on the line.

Reducing fuel costs

Data collected on uneconomical behaviours such as idling, speeding and harsh driving can be used to coach out such bad habits by introducing driver scorecards. The more economical the driver, the higher their score. Drivers are then ranked against each other, the more fuel efficient their performance the higher they place in the rankings.

Decreasing behaviours like these can lead to increased fuel economy and, in turn, lower fuel spend.

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That is certainly the finding of Best Electrical. Director of Operations, Robert Ranson, reports that, thanks to the Verizon Connect solution… “Our fuel costs have gone down dramatically, and we now have a much better response time than our competitors.”

Increasing efficiency

Efficiency gains are perhaps the headline benefit of a GPS fleet management solution for those in the electrical industry. As with any field service business, electrical companies must make every minute of the working day count and always strive to increase the profitability of each job.

Monitoring site arrival and departure time not only helps you ensure that drivers are always prompt, but the data collected can also be used to streamline time-consuming processes such as billing and payroll.

A comprehensive fleet management solution can also be used to enhance your daily routes – which can reduce the time your drivers spend behind the wheel and cut mileage by an average of 10% across your fleet.

Live location data can help here too, allowing you to quickly pinpoint and re-route the nearest driver to a given job site – reducing unnecessary miles and wasted fuel.

Improved efficiency at Best Electric, since implementing the Verizon Connect fleet management solution, has seen the company report an increase in revenue of £60,000.

Ready to see real-world results?

It’s easy to be dismissive of headline benefits or be sceptical of an abstract concept such as improved efficiency. However, the reality is, behind these statements, there are companies just like yours making real-world savings and increasing their revenues.  

To hear more ways that GPS fleet management software can help to improve the efficiency, productivity and safety of your electrical business, register for a free demo today.

Simon Austin

Simon is the Associate Director, International Marketing, EMEA & APAC. With over 20 years marketing experience in the IT software and business analytics industry, Simon believes passionately in the power of data and how it can help business realise their full potential faster.

Tags: Customer service, Dispatching & scheduling, Routing, Cost control, Payroll, Productivity & efficiency, Team management

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