11 May 2018
The true value of fleet data
Data is crucial for most businesses these days, but some
types of information are more valuable than others. For fleet managers, vehicle
movement data is perhaps the most useful; when utilised properly, it can lead
to better decisions, improved safety and some impressive cost reductions.
Below are some of the biggest benefits to consider if you’re
thinking of implementing a new EPOD system across your fleet.
It’s stating the obvious to say the more deliveries you can
fit into one day, the bigger your profit margins will be - but optimising is
easier said than done. One way to make long-term, sustainable improvements is
to keep track of and use your drivers’ GPS data.
By seeing where your vehicles are in real-time, and having
access to comprehensive reports around the clock, you can make informed
decisions about the order in which jobs are completed. And on the drivers that
do them. It may be, for example, that an urgent job comes up and you need to
know which driver is best positioned to complete it. Or your reports could
highlight the roads that slow vehicles down most, allowing you to avoid them in
Easier regulatory compliance
The logistics sector is subject to constant regulatory
changes, and staying on top of the latest rules can be tough. Fleet data,
however, can help you stay compliant.
With the right system in place, you can instantly monitor
driver working hours and see how often each employee takes rest breaks. You’ll
soon notice if someone is skipping breaks or taking too many, giving you the
opportunity to address any issues before they cause further problems.
Reports on vehicle usage will also help to ensure your fleet
stays in tip-top shape, with accurate mileages to inform your service
Identify your workforce’s weak (and strong) links
An electronic proof-of-delivery (EPOD) system will provide
detailed reports on driver work-rates, too. You’ll be able to determine your
most valuable assets and identify those who need to work harder, and can then
reward or address accordingly.
Once your drivers know you’re using the EPOD system to
collect data on their daily performance, they’ll be less likely to cut corners.
You also have a chance to incentivise productivity, whether financially or in
An overall better understanding
Gone are the days of having to simply trust that drivers
will work, drive and behave in the way your business and its customers expect.
The vehicle location data generated by an EPOD system gives you and your
head-office staff a clear and easy-to-use picture of everything that happens
out on the road.
To find out more about the benefits of fleet data and EPOD
for your business, and the systems available, get in touch with the TouchStar team