Fleet managers are always looking for ways to maximise their efficiency and this is where an effective fleet management system can make all the difference. However, with an abundance of options around us, it is not easy to find out the best fleet management solution. The best way to go about this task is to take into account some key aspects of your business and its requirements.
A quality fleet management system helps businesses track and maintain their fleet in an active and cost-effective way. It performs a wide range of important tasks such as vehicle tracking and diagnostics, driver management, time management, asset management, and much more. Naturally, these systems are of great value to organisations that rely a lot on transportation. By choosing the right system, they can eliminate or significantly lessen cost related to operations, staffing, and other overheads. In addition to successful fleet operations, a good fleet management system also offers perks such as enhanced safety, reduced fuel cost, improved after-sales service, etc.
Some of the capabilities you should look for in a fleet management solution are
- Availability of GPS alerts
- Reduce vehicle life-cycle costs
- Seamless and fully integrated fuel management system
- Better planning and budgeting for vehicle replacement.
- Regulatory compliance
Mentioned below are a few simple tips to help you select the best fleet management system for your business.
- In order to choose the right system, you should first determine your business requisites. Decide whether you just need to manage your fleet in an easier way or require more advanced features. List down all your requirements and decide how much you are willing to spend.
- Once you have fixed a budget for your fleet management system, prioritise the features you require. Identify the five most important features that can make a positive impact on your business. While identifying these features, don’t ignore your operational requirements that are basic, but important. Some of these features include fuel management, remote vehicle diagnostics (OBD), vehicle maintenance scheduling, driver behaviour and monitoring, etc.
- Now, once you have set your requirements, start reviewing the options you have in hand. While evaluating these options, try to foresee how they are likely to solve your specific problems. Since you already have a list of your most important requirements, it will be much easier for you to opt for the better options.
- After shortlisting the solutions that are suitable for your business, spend some time visiting the suppliers and talk to them. Most of the suppliers would be happy to offer demos or test runs of their systems. This will help you understand whether these systems will actually meet your requirements.
- Finally, when you start narrowing down your search, start identifying all associated expenses including hidden hardware costs, cellular fees, etc. Some other points to consider include availability of the technical team for installation and support and ease of operating the system.
At ShockWatch, we offer an advanced range of fleet monitoring equipment and systems that have been used with great results for manufacturing and warehouse operations all over Australia. Please contact us today to discuss your needs.