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Staying efficient in a changing landscape

By Holly Dempster September 2, 2020

As travel and trade restrictions ease across Europe, many businesses are preparing to return to a semblance of normality.

In these early days, we don’t yet know how the business landscape of tomorrow will look. We can be sure, however, that it will take some adjusting to in the meantime.

Whether you are looking to adapt to increased demand, striving for greater efficiency, or evolving to a new way of working, a GPS fleet management system can help you get there.

Here are four simple ways to stay efficient with GPS fleet management technology.

Fight fluctuating fuel costs

Fuel will always be a significant ongoing cost for fleet-reliant businesses – making fluctuating fuel prices all the more challenging.

While there’s nothing we can do to control the prices at the pump, there’s plenty we can do to reduce fuel consumption and potentially lower costs.  

The first is to address driver behaviour. Bad habits such as speeding, hard braking, harsh cornering, and hard acceleration can all reduce fuel economy and increase waste.

Monitor such behaviours with a GPS fleet management solution to coach drivers into safe and fuel-efficient driving styles. Create scorecards based on each driver’s MPG. The more economical the driver, the higher the score. Encourage peak performance by rewarding those at the top and incentivising others to improve.

Verizon Connect customer B&K Boiler Services reports halving annual mileage after taking this approach.

Optimise every route, every day

Route optimisation software considers factors such as load type, vehicle type, traffic and site location to automatically plot routes in the most efficient order. This algorithm can reduce fleet mileage by as much as ten percent.

A GPS solution can help keep your drivers efficient once they start their daily routes too.

Live map location can be used to quickly identify the nearest driver to any location – ideal should they be required to return to a job site or take on a new job during the working day.

Digitise and automate

Digitisation and automation can both help to prepare your business for what may come.

Start by making administration such as job status forms, quotes and invoices paperless. Data gathered by your GPS solution can also be used to automate timesheets, payroll and billing.

As well as cutting down on waste this can improve the speed and accessibility of your processes.

Making this information easily accessible from anywhere, on any device, gives your teams access to data they need to run a smooth operation -- whether you’re in the office, on site or out on the road.

Keep your vehicles out on the road

There are few greater drains on fleet efficiency than vehicle downtime.

GPS fleet management can help you keep your vehicles on the road for longer.

Create a robust preventative maintenance plan with your solution. Receive alerts based on date, mileage, and engine-on time to help keep vehicles routinely serviced and repaired.

Proactive maintenance, including regular service reminders and vehicle checks, can help to keep that your vehicles roadworthy – potentially reducing costs and increasing profitability.

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Holly Dempster

Holly is the Marketing Specialist for UK & Ireland, Verizon Connect. With 5 years' experience in the IT Sector and a Journalism degree, her passion lies in the power of content. Holly's focus areas to date include, Digital, Channel and Consultative Marketing.

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