When The Old-Fashioned Way is Really Just the Expensive Way

There’s a lot to be said for doing things “the old-fashioned way.” Many times, the phrase hearkens back to a time when quality, craftsmanship, and taking care of customers were the highest priorities.

In a lot of ways, companies that continue to do things the old-fashioned way are rewarded with loyal customers and a booming business. There are times, however, when doing things the old-fashioned way really just means doing things the expensive way.

If you’re still managing your operation with pen and paper or even standard programs like Excel, you’re losing money that could be put to much better use.

Here are three examples of how the “new ways” offered by a mobile resource management solution (like OneView) can lower costs and increase profits:

Manual Reporting Vs. Automated Reporting

Reporting is time-consuming. One of our customers was spending as much as 80 hours every single month on IFTA reporting! Think of how much more could get done if these tasks could be automated.

But rather than stick with the way things had always been done in the past, they implemented OneView to help automate reporting. Through the use of automated IFTA reports, they were able to reduce their monthly reporting time from 80 hours down to 2.

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Implementing a Telematics Solution

Telematics solutions (like Asset Tracking, Fleet Management, Electronic Logging Devices, etc.) are becoming more common. Even so, many customers don’t recognize them for what they are: Technology.

The companies that successfully deploy telematics are the ones that plan for acquisition time, installation, training, and the on-going support of the solution.

This is just how they would plan for rolling out other technology such as new laptops, tablets, printers, or even smart phones. Unfortunately, many companies don’t plan for a telematics the same way they plan for other technology initiatives.

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5 Ways Telematics Benefit Equipment Rental Companies

Rental companies have a lot on their plate: meeting customer’s needs, maintaining  fleets of equipment, and making sure that the equipment performs as required are just a few of their top priorities.

Staying ahead of it all has always been a challenge. That’s why the best rental companies have turned to technology to alleviate inventory issues, prevent costly equipment breakdowns, and increase profits.

While their competition may have updated their customer database and billing systems, the most profitable operations are increasingly putting technology, especially telematics, to good use.

Here are the Top Five Ways Telematics Benefit Equipment Rental Companies:

1) Increasing Billable Hours

Many companies bill at 8 hours of run-time per day. However, customers often end up using the equipment longer. Without telematics in place, there’s no efficient way to know for sure just how long it was used.

Equipment management solutions like Oneview allow you to have complete visibility of your assets, so you can bill for the hours the equipment was actually used. If your customer does run it for longer than the allotted time, you can adjust the price of the rental accordingly. This way you can increase your bottom line and are holding customers accountable for the time it was used. Just be sure to include a statement to this effect in your rental agreement!

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5 Habits Every Fleet Manager Should Develop

As we get older, we realize that we are all creatures of habit. Without thinking about it, we do the same things each and every day. These days turn into weeks, the weeks turn into months, and the months into years. Soon, we’re ingrained in the habits that we have developed over time.

While we all have habits we know we should break, we rarely give thought to developing good ones. The right habits will not only make our lives better, but can also improve the lives and productivity of our employees.

Let’s discuss five habits that every good fleet manager needs to develop.

1) Staying Informed

We all study the same trends every day, cost per mile and why do we still have trucks sitting empty. As a fleet manager, I liked to know what’s going on. I hate surprises.

When arriving at the office at 6:15 every morning the very first thing I’d do is check my nightly run report. I wanted to know two things: Who ran all night, so my dispatchers will know who not to try to dispatch? Secondly, did any of my trucks have a problem that would delay them from pick up or delivery?

No one likes walking into the big office without the answers to satisfy the big boss when they want to know why their favorite driver isn’t where they’re supposed to be (and heaven forbid they pick up the phone and ask them directly I’m sure that would cause a rip in the very fabric of time).

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Learning to Use the Fancy ELD System You Just Bought

The big talk in the trucking world is typically about how the ELD mandate will affect our daily lives. Today I want to talk about the system that you and your team purchased, installed, and trained drivers on—and then forgot how to use (or maybe never learned all the functions of the system to begin with).


Quick question: Would you purchase a brand new top of the line luxury car and not learn all the features and functions of the vehicle? Of course not! The very first thing you would do is learn how each part of the system worked.

So something is definitely wrong if we buy a major telematics solution and don’t learn everything we can about how to put it to good use. And yet, it happens all the time.

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