Fleet Management in Food and Beverage

Using GPS to track and manage shipments without compromising security and efficiency


A study conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that trucks left idling for long periods of time waste approximately 960 million gallons of diesel fuel each year. Real-time data collection allows for the monitoring of variable costs associated with fleets. A large number of companies now track their fleets so they may report on key metrics, including idling time, fuel consumption, driving speeds, vehicle location and employee hours.

The same supply chain and goods transportation company cut vehicle idle time by 85 percent-from almost 23 to three hours per month in less than one year-after implementing a GPS fleet tracking solution. The fleet manager attributed the decrease to fleet tracking, and the visibility into the fleet’s daily operations from idle reports. Reports on idling also allow for the reduction of harmful emissions and fuel expenses.

Another food and beverage supply company, Accardi Foods, reduced overtime costs by 50 percent, saving the company $80,000 per year on overtime alone. By using a GPS fleet tracking solution, the company director not only identified drivers that were padding their hours, but more importantly, addressed the situation without directly offending any employees.

The company also noted that the fleet tracking solution acts as a virtual time card, enabling the fleet manager to verify hours worked to ensure accurate payments to drivers.

Maintenance reports allow fleet managers to automate maintenance schedules for vehicles and alerts headquarters when preventive maintenance, such as an oil change, needs to be conducted. Automating maintenance procedures can save money and keep vehicles on the road.

Determining the Right Partner

Transparency between headquarters and individual vehicles is necessary to run an efficient fleet. By empowering fleet operations with a GPS fleet tracking solution, the line of communication between operators and drivers is simplified, which directly impacts efficiency and functionality.

While fleet and asset tracking functionality gives businesses transparency and ease of use, choosing the right provider is just as important as the solution. Accessing the location of a vehicle or asset within seconds maximizes benefits to a business, but means nothing if the provider’s application experiences downtime. Be sure to choose an established provider that can guarantee 99.9 percent uptime, a comprehensive fuel management system, satellite-based asset tracking and comprehensive reporting.

A provider that manufactures its own devices is just as important because it can control its hardware quality and pledge reliability. The provider should service companies large and small, and provide the resources to properly train staff while still offering 24/7 customer service.

Additionally, tangible information from reports gives data that is not only informative, but also actionable. A GPS fleet tracking solution can maximize operations overall, streamline procedures, and put money and time back on your side.

 

Ashley Jones is the marketing director at NexTraq. The NexTraq Fleet Tracking solution and its applications—Fleet Dispatch, Fleet Metrics and NexTraq Connect—deliver real-time data needed to optimize fleet operations.

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