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Have you been paying attention so far? Don’t worry, there’s not going to be a test. Hopefully you’ll already have learned that good leadership is essential to making telematics work. If you’ve developed a vision for your business and where you want it to go, we’re hoping that you’ve also devised a strategy to make it happen. You have? Excellent. Does it include a comprehensive fleet strategy? What do you mean no?
We’ll forgive you if you’ve been focusing on higher level strategy. If you’re an overworked fleet or transport manager, we understand. However, using your telematics properly will free you from spending all of your time dealing with those day to day tasks. Things like devising routes and transferring the information to your vehicles by cutting and pasting between different systems that won’t talk to each other. You can even download data whilst vehicles are still on the road. The nightmare of scheduling when you don’t know how many hours your drivers have already done can finally come to an end.
What does that mean for your strategy? Well, it means that you’ll finally have time to come up with one. We’re sorry if that means you have to go to meetings with the rest of the management team. Actually, you probably do that already, but getting involved in strategy means that they’ll be less pointless. Having a clear strategy means that you can set objectives and decide what data you need to monitor to meet them. Sound good? We thought so.
You might be wondering where you start with fleet strategy if you’ve never had the time for one before. Here are the key areas that we think you be measuring in terms of performance:
Are vehicles being used to their full capacity? If not, what’s causing the downtime?
Start by analysing previous performance and learn to be adaptable to changing circumstances.
Fleet telematics can help you to optimise your routes, improving efficiency in expenses and improving the customer experience.
Telematics offers a wealth of features that help you to automate your daily tasks – are they being used fully?
Digitised data means more secure data storage and less lost paperwork.
Are your systems fully integrated? Your telematics could be communicating with accounts, purchasing and stock management to name just a few.
Looking at each of these areas and how your telematics can improve performance and make your business more streamlined and competitive. In tough economic times that could help you to spend less and achieve more. Your telematics system won’t have been a waste of money if it helps your business to weather the storm. Download your free copy of WTF – Why Telematics Fails, to find out what else you might need to change to make your telematics work for your business, or contact us to arrange a free no obligation consultation.