8 Myths of Fleet Tracking Software Dispelled
It’s not uncommon for small to medium businesses to experience hesitation when it comes to considering implementing a GPS fleet management software. The fear of change gets in the way. Often the mantra, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” comes to mind, but how can you grow your business without improving key aspects of your daily operations?
Let us break down some of the barriers to making this decision.
1. GPS tracking is an invasion of privacy
Installing a device on your vehicles tracks your driver’s location, the ignition status, and battery voltage, but it is not a tool to spy on their every movement. When your company’s brand reputation relies on the behavior of your drivers, it is integral to be able to address aggressive driving and road safety as those issues arise.
2. My fleet is too small
One of the great things about fleet tracking software is the ability to scale to your fleet size and needs. Whether you have 5 drivers or 150 drivers, you can easily adapt your reporting, monitoring, and tracking capabilities to suit your needs.
3. It can’t be easily integrated into current systems
The functionality of this easily adaptable software is that it can be downloaded to smartphones or devices that your employees are currently using. As the application is downloaded from the iTunes or Android store and synced to your corporate profile, the only other required addition is the installation of the GPS tracker. You and your fleet managers can then access your dashboard from any device the software is installed on, allowing you to keep track of your drivers while on-the-go.
Whether you need to import billing and finance logs, human resources information, gas pump processors, or information from your insurance company, you can properly integrate all of your current programs into one. With the new features and enhancements regularly released by Fleet Complete, business owners can seamlessly integrate with QuickBooks and other apps through Web API. Check out other third-party applications Fleet Complete integrates with today.
4. My employees won’t like it
While there may be some hesitation upfront, once you have clearly outlined how this makes their jobs easier and benefits the business, this change can go a lot smoother. Employees can easily get in touch with dispatch, they no longer need to fill out manual FBT logs, and will be rewarded for following proper procedures. Furthermore, they can also access valuable routing information, work performed, and routes driven. The biggest ROI associated with a GPS fleet solution for the drivers is the amount of time they can save on doing manual paper work, time sheets, onsite time tracking, and maintenance reporting.
5. The system will be too hard to use
The user interface is incredibly intuitive. Training is a key aspect for any software, with a simple training session, even the least tech-savvy employee will be able to navigate the portal in no time. We support our customers with weekly webinars and unlimited over-the-phone support.
6. It’ll take too long to deploy
The requirements to get your fleet management system up and running is the simple installation of a piece of hardware. This usually includes a GPS receiver installed in each vehicle by connecting it to the vehicle's OBD or 9/6pin outlet, followed by software operating on your office PC, tablet, or smartphone. Depending on the efficiency of scheduling and the drivers' availability times, the system can be deployed in a matter of days.
7. I’m doing just fine right now without it
So you have a successful operation, your employees are satisfied with their work, and your customers are happy with their orders. You are already halfway to expanding your business! Manual operations can only get you so far. Automation of processes and reporting is the next step every business needs to make in order to prepare its operations for growth. Acknowledging and working to improve key business factors such as fuel waste, operations, and dispatch efficiency can help your business come out on top of your competitors.
8. It is expensive
Though it may seen like the system would be an added expense, the return on the investment by far outweighs the cost. With solutions starting at just a $1 a day, you can save hundreds of dollars per vehicle per year by curbing excessive mileage and idling, scheduling timely maintenance and improving the productivity of underutilised assets.
Ask yourself this: can you or your drivers accurately pinpoint how much time they spend idling per week, or how much of working time is spent on personal errands? How much of billable time are you missing out on by not having visibility into the productivity of your fleet?
Saving hours of idling per vehicle per month, getting an additional job scheduled per day, reducing the total number of speeding tickets or minor collisions, covers the cost of the solution and then some! Equipping your fleet with a GPS vehicle tracking solution can be the boost your operations need to take your business to the next level.
By taking hold of the large quantities of data available to your business through Fleet Complete, you can start focusing on making better business decisions. If you’re curious about the changes you can make, get in touch with our Sales Account Managers today.
Oct 08, 2019 | Author: Yeniffer Padrino