Small Fleet has Big Changes When Using GPS Tracking and Telemetry for Optimization.
Electrical, plumbing and lighting distributor Wiseway has made vast improvements in safety, idling and delivers added value to clients. Geotab’s dedicated service has made all the difference to this safety and customer-focused fleet.
Wiseway Supply is a family-run operation that has been in business for 50 years. It’s grown from a single location in Florence, Kentucky to one with nine, soon to be 10, branches from Central Ohio to Central Kentucky, including the greater Cincinnati and Lexington areas. They employ 130 people and currently track a fleet of 22 trucks.
The Challenge: Protect the company with reliable evidence for vehicle collisions
Michael Kidwell, Vice President of Branch Operations at Wiseway, identified the need for tracking devices when, in two separate incidents, Wiseway trucks were rear-ended. In both cases, truck repairs were costly. It became apparent that the company needed telematics to provide evidence in the event of any future collisions.
After researching about a dozen providers, Wiseway decided on Geotab. The technology is a good fit for their company for many reasons, including reinforcing their commitment to investing in technology that adds value for customers and helping Wiseway stand out from the competition. Wiseway’s use of Geotab telematics solutions has now expanded well beyond protection from lawsuits to safety, fleet maintenance and beyond.
The Solution: A robust, customized suite of time- and money-saving solutions
Karl Zakher, Senior Customer Success Specialist at Geotab, who works with Kidwell on fleet optimization, helped set up a speeding notification system that alerts drivers when they’re going too fast.
Since then, Zakher has worked closely with Kidwell to build a robust, customized system integrating a variety of features and tools from Geotab, including the Driver Safety Scorecard Report, Weekly Idle Cost Trend Report, Fleet Savings Summary, Fleet Management Rules and Alerts, Maintenance Reminders and Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR). Wiseway also uses the Annual Trend Report which provides 12 months of data on critical indicators, such as aggressive driving, seatbelt use, idling, speeding, and distance driven.
The Results: A vast improvement in safety, idling and savings
Kidwell says they are most focused on the safety scorecard, but also closely monitor idle cost trends and opportunities to save money. When he and Hungler talk about the work they do to manage safety and efficiency and deliver exceptional service to customers, you can hear the pride in their voices.
They have good reason to feel proud. Kidwell says they are seeing “direct results” from their investment in Geotab solutions. Since February 2021, Wiseway has seen:
- 2 point improvement in the fleet’s safety score
- Nearly 40% reduction in speeding
- 44% reduction in idling
Your fleet can see similar results when you make the switch to using telemetry to guide your business decision making. If you would like to learn just how easing making the switch can be, reach out to our team for a complimentary price quote!