It’s a new year with new expectations for better bottom lines, increased sales, and greater customer satisfaction. There is optimism in the air for accurate inventory cycle counts and scheduled preventive maintenance. You’ve washed and detailed the fleet and restocked essentials. You’ve taken note of wear items, such as tires and windshield wiper blades, and replaced burnt out lights. Chances are you may have updated software for accounting, telematics, and inventory management. With all things shiny and new, what are you resolving to improve in 2017?
Individuals typically make resolutions every January about getting healthy and making more money. Companies aren’t any different. Getting fit in a business sense means securing lines of credit, collecting unpaid invoices, having the fleet ready for deployment, and making sure your employees are trained and ready to go to work. Your company may benefit from available tools and services to make 2017 more profitable than in years past. Here are some technologies to consider:
- Idle-reducing equipment: Aside from the obvious fuel savings, decreasing idle time also saves engine wear.
- Low rolling resistance tires (LRR): LRR tires do appear to be an effective and useful new technology for fuel efficiency. Check out different tire manufacturers for your fleet models.
- Telematics: Fleet telematics is a way of monitoring every function and movement of your work trucks, including location and status. This information gives you complete, real-time knowledge of your fleet activities in one centralized, web-based interface. Some of the benefits include increased productivity, reduced labor costs, better control of fuel costs, improved customer service, increased fleet safety and security, reduced operating expenses, and reduced unauthorized vehicle use. There are very few telematics solutions that offer the right combination of the features you may need for your operations. Make a list of the areas you need to track better in 2017 and research the available telematics solutions for the one that is right for your company.
2017 could be your year to attend a trade show focusing on work truck technologies. At a trade show, you’re surrounded by others in your industry; make networking with others a prime directive. One of the benefits with information gathering is realizing where your company excels and where adding resources could bring your operations to the next level. Think of it as a revelation for long-term success vs a resolution to simply just do better.