General Interest

People are becoming more and more conscious of the “three bottom lines” to a business – whether as someone running a business or making a career choice. In this post you will see how fleet management can help you achieve these 3 bottom lines. There’s not many products out there that have such a direct link to improving each of these three bottom lines, so it’s something we’re particularly proud of.

people planet profitWhat are the 3 bottom lines?

Profit: like we all know well, one of the main reasons for a business is to make a profit.

Planet: a business shouldn’t have a sole goal of making a profit with disregard to the planet. Most people realize nowadays that we need to start being more reticent of our impact to the environment and take on more sustainable business practices.

People: a business is only as strong as the people behind it, and our end-to-end fleet tracking and management system can help create a transparent and fair work environment while being considerate to the community.

How Our Fleet Tracking Solution Contributes to The 3 Bottom Lines

1) Increase Profit By Reducing Costs and Improving Customer Service

Fleet managers are well aware of the ways that a fleet tracking solution can help improve your bottom line:

  • Reduce mileage and fuel use between stops via more efficient routing.
  • Reduce vehicle wear & tear and maintenance costs via driver training for safer and more conservative driving habits.
  • Reach more customers in a day via more efficient and smarter dispatching.
  • Improve customer satisfaction via better ETA’s and communication with customers.
  • Reduce chances of theft and off-hours usage of vehicles.
  • Even reduce insurance rates,
  • And many more profit benefits.

2) Make Less of an Impact on the Environment

Until we all start driving electric vehicles or discover some other sustainable fuel source, the most we can do is be conservative and efficient in driving. Through the fleet management software, you can automatically create the most efficient routes for all your drivers – even while considering live traffic analysis. This means you can get more work done with less travel time – and less fuel consumption.

Plus, with all the driver training abilities through the fleet management software, like in-vehicle driver alerts for things like harsh braking or jackrabbit starts, you can make a significant improvement to how your drivers use their vehicles on the road. You might be surprised to know that aggressive driving can result in up to 40% more fuel consumption! Even just reducing the amount of idle time a driver has can make a big difference.

The Geotab fleet management software also keeps track of all your vehicle maintenance and engine status, so that you always have well-tuned vehicles and fix any issues before they become problems.

3) Create a Safer, More Rewarding Workplace for People

Our fleet tracking system is beneficial for the people within and around your business as well. Here’s how:

  • Ensure drivers are practicing safe and conservative driving habits, thus improving their own safety and reducing chances of an accident.
  • Better reward employees for good performance through the exceptionally accurate tracking of their activities in the fleet management software.
  • Ensure the vehicles they are driving are well-tuned and up-to-date on maintenance via the convenient notifications in your fleet management software.
  • Create zones on your service area maps to prevent (or notify) drivers from entering sensitive areas like school zones or quiet neighborhoods, thus also being considerate to the people of the community.

Recap:

3-bottom-lines

As you can see, fleet tracking is much more than just improving the profit of a business. It also helps create a safer and more rewarding workplace for employees, and reduces your carbon footprint all while making your business better.

If you’re interested in seeing more how our GPS fleet tracking system can make a triple-difference to your business, request a quote online or sign up for one of our web demos!

 

Happy tracking,

Russ Salo, President

GPS to GO, now you know

[read the original blog post on the Geotab blog]

What could have been a tragedy was luckily avoided through the use of GPS fleet tracking devices on the company vehicles of an elevator service company called Trident Elevator, in Scarborough Ontario.
 
Trident Elevator had been using our GPS fleet tracking solution for more than three years already when the incident occurred. They chose to adopt GPS tracking in the first place to better track and dispatch their mechanics in real time.
 
On one recent day during the dispatcher’s usual operations, she soon realized that one of the drivers had become unresponsive, and that the vehicle was not moving. She sent someone to check on the driver right away, only to discover he had had a heart attack. They were able to call 911 in time to save’s the man’s life.
 

 
Our GPS fleet tracking services here at GPS to GO can offer a world of benefits to your business, but being able to say that it saved an employee’s life is the biggest benefit of all.
 
Happy tracking,
 
Russ Salo, President
GPS to GO, now you know

We recently came across a very interesting case in British Columbia that brings to light the idea of GPS tracking and employee privacy rights.

It started when some unionized workers from two elevator companies filed complaints over the use of GPS tracking with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, saying the technology is “pushing the limits” of the law and the privacy rights of the public, and is an “offense to the dignity” of the company workers.

The companies had been tracking their mechanics’ vehicles with GPS technology for a couple years, and insisted that the system was reasonable, allowing management to more efficiently deploy its staff, ensure mechanics could be located in the event of an emergency, provide more accurate billing information to clients, and ensure workers were indeed where they said they were.

The GPS devices are installed on the company vehicles, recording and relaying information about location as well as the vehicle itself, including speed and instances of “harsh” braking or “rapid acceleration”. These are important signals to fleet managers that can help them more effectively look after company equipment as well as the safety of the employees themselves.

The province’s information commissioner rejected the workers’ complaints, yet one of the companies was ordered to temporarily stop using the GPS technology until it provided better notice and more transparency about what information is collected and how it is used.

So, the moral of the story? GPS fleet tracking is and will increasingly be a very important aspect of fleet management. However, companies should take the time to educate employees as to the benefits of this technology and what sort of information is being recorded. Being transparent is being respectful, and if employees see the value in the technology as much as you do, they will be much more likely to openly adopt it.

 

Read the full article on CBC News here.

 

Happy tracking,

Russ Salo, President,
GPS to GO, Now You Know