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Three Ways GPS Trackers Save Fleet Businesses Money

30 Mar , 2015,
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Business owners that have used GPS trackers can testify to the incredible savings the devices have brought to them. We know that there may be some of you that are still deciding whether GPS trackers may be advantageous to your business. There are quite a few ways that GPS trackers can increase your bottom line and give you a return on the investment of your GPS tracking purchase. We will give you three valuable ways that GPS trackers save fleet businesses, like yours, money. They help with decreasing insurance rates, increasing the number of customers and cutting down on maintenance costs.

1.) Decreasing insurance rates: Not only do GPS trackers improve safety, they also decrease the chance of theft. GPS trackers offer business managers the ability to monitor their vehicles and other equipment at all times. Insurance companies love the fact that those with GPS trackers are less of a liability and will often offer discounts on insurance rates. Decreasing your insurance rates would let you put your money to good use some place else within the business.

2.) Increase the number of customers: Businesses that have GPS trackers are able to identify the exact location of their drivers; anywhere, any time. This is great for customer service, because it means that managers will have greater control over where their drivers head to. GPS trackers make this part easy, because without having to call around to every driver, managers will know who is available to take a job. Faster scheduling means faster arrival to a job site. With less wait time, there is a pool of extra time to dip into and serve more customers!

3.) Cutting down on maintenance costs: It’s not fun having to put up with extra vehicle maintenance, especially when it was avoidable. GPS trackers could be there to save you the heartache of paying for maintenance that should have been prevented. The system allows you to schedule in alerted reminders of when your vehicles are due for tire rotations or replacements, oil changes, filter changes and more. By keeping up with areas like this that have the potential to be challenging later, you will save your business a lot of money in the long haul.

These are three major ways that GPS trackers can help your business out. In fact, saving your bottom line has never been easier, thanks to GPS trackers. If you’re ready to save money, think about getting GPS trackers.

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GPS Trackers For The New Quarter

27 Mar , 2015,
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With this quarter coming to a close and the new one fast approaching, budgeting is an immense concern. With business expenses and taxes, sometimes fleet businesses can feel the strain. If you’re a fleet business owner, it may be a good practice to start reevaluating your budget and seek new ways to reduce business costs with each new quarter. GPS trackers are a great way to get your new quarter started off in the right direction. Two of the best ways that GPS trackers can be of assistance to your business is by allowing you to lower fuel costs and to decrease risk related costs.

Although the cost of fuel has leveled out a bit in the previous months, the cost of fuel consumption is something that every fleet business has to endure. Anywhere you can cut costs that would be beneficial to your budgeting plan is worth it. GPS trackers assist you in reaching your fuel savings goal by helping you to monitor idling time and by optimizing your drivers’ routing options. With your GPS trackers, you will clearly see the amount of time a vehicle is in idle. This will allow you to know which drivers aren’t shutting the engine off when they make stops. In addition. The dispatcher can simply check the map for the best routes and give the driver turn-by-turn directions to the safest, shortest path. Improved routing also leads you to the starting line of decreasing risk-related costs.

The idea of decreasing risk-related costs is something else to consider when making your quarterly budget plans. It is very important to make safety a priority and GPS trackers can help you do so. Driver safety is serious and accidents should be brought to a minimum. GPS trackers can help you verify that your drivers are being safe, because GPS trackers can help you see where all of your drivers are at. Furthermore, you can also pull reports to evaluate driver habits like harsh breaking and driving speed. Higher safety standards means there will be less room for accidents and in turn, less of the business’ expenses will be spent on accident recovery, vehicle repairs and company downtime.

Are you ready to save money on fuel and decrease your risk related costs? GPS trackers might be your answer. Let your new quarter start off well with GPS trackers and that way you can end it well, too.

How GPS Trackers Provide Used Car Dealerships Security

19 Mar , 2015,
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GPS tracking technology has increased in popularity and as a result GPS trackers have even started being employed by used car dealers. In the world of used car sales, there are many financial pitfalls to keep in mind. Zooming around in the back of the dealership owner’s head are ideas about how to reduce business related costs. That is why some used car dealership owners have come to realize the benefit of using GPS trackers for cars they finance.

Dealers know that selling a used car to someone who has terrible credentials is always a risk and it is for this reason that so many dealerships are turning to GPS trackers technology to sell vehicles to buyers that appear to be a liability. If there happens to be a buyer that defaults on payment, GPS trackers are there to help the dealers out. The mapping and navigation features of GPS trackers are what interests the used dealership owners the most.

With the mapping features, dealers always know where their cars are at. The GPS tracking devices are only placed in the used cars that are being financed through their dealership. This makes it possible for them to recover the car from the buyer if they do not receive a monthly car payment. It’s easy to understand how this increases dealership security and enables them to sell cars to clients with less than perfect or no credit. To maintain legitimacy, the clients are required to sign an agreement upon purchase which gives the dealership approval to complete GPS tracker installation. The contract usually includes statements informing the client that they are not allowed to removed, deactivate or damage the GPS tracker device. It’s no surprise that many clients agree to this, because it means they can be financed.

As a bonus, the GPS trackers can even be scheduled to send alerts to the client in order to warn them that their payment is late, thus; giving them some time to remedy this prior to the car being repossessed. The dealership profits can remain steady and the business secure, with GPS trackers. That’s fantastic for them, because no one wants to lose out on profits due to high-risk customers.

Tips To Help You Choose The Right GPS Trackers: Part 2

18 Mar , 2015,
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In part one of this series we talked about how, this year, there are business owners out there that have decided to implement GPS trackers for their vehicles for various beneficial reasons. We also provided you with a few tips about how you can begin to choose the right GPS tracker features for your business. In part two of this series we will discuss two more tips we have to offer. The two tips we will discuss are going to be about you choosing the right provider and implementing GPS trackers.

1.) Choosing the right provider: As a business manager, you don’t want to feel pressured into buying something that may not be right for your business. You want to be able to communicate with someone about purchasing options and you want to make sure you’re talking to someone who knows their products well, who has experience in the industry and provides great customer service even after you decide to purchase. More importantly, you want to receive updates on new training opportunities, have ongoing system support and account management options. These are the things that will ensure you are successful in using the GPS trackers to their maximum capabilities.

2.) Implementing GPS trackers: After you have chosen your service provider, it is important to make sure that you have the greatest success with your GPS trackers. In order to have the most success, you should consider offering a training program to your drivers so that they know how to use the GPS tracker system. You should also allow for ongoing training, check in for system support when needed and test your drivers before implementing the GPS trackers.

At OPAL Solutions, our staff is available to receive calls about questions, comments or concerns you may have whether it be before a sale or after.  We hope the tips we have given you will help you decide which GPS trackers are right for you. Choosing the right provider and implementing GPS trackers correctly is important so that you may receive the most return on investment.

Tips To Help You Choose The Right GPS Trackers: Part 1

17 Mar , 2015,
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GPS tracker: Making your business better

In 2015, there is no doubt that many business owners have chosen to purchase GPS trackers for their vehicles. As a business owner, you may be wondering how to get your business started down this revolutionary path. GPS trackers can begin to help your drivers be productive and help your business save money and be prosperous. If you’ve thought about doing research on which GPS trackers are right for your business, we have a few tips you can check out. In part one of this series we will discuss two out of the four tips we have to offer. The first two tips we will discuss are going to be about you determining your business needs and corresponding the GPS features with your business needs.

1.) Determining your business needs: It important to include all department managers (and possibly other team members) that will be operating the GPS trackers in the decision making process, because GPS trackers offer many benefits. The automated reminders and GPS history storage can help other areas besides just the fleet department. Do you need help being reminded of vehicle maintenance? Do you need more efficient billing? Or do you need easier payroll? By including everyone from the business your entire team can figure out what your business needs the most.

2.) Corresponding features with business needs: So lets explain what would happen if you decided you wanted to make vehicle maintenance easier to keep up with, customer billing easier and make payroll go faster. That’s not a problem with GPS trackers. For example, there is no need to worry about inaccurate clock-in times, because GPS trackers can provide a time stamp of employee start time, track each stop a driver made and can even generate a report to reflect this information. The history of sales receipts and records can also make the record keepers job much easier. The GPS tracker system allows for print-offs of customer bills with the time stamp on it, so there is very little room for dispute. With GPS trackers, paper files can be a thing of the past.

These are only two tips to help you decide which GPS trackers are right for you. Remember not to discredit the opinions of your other team members just because they aren’t drivers. Having different points of view will help you choose the best solution. In the end, having the features you need the most will make your business better.

GPS Trackers Make Billing Effortless

13 Mar , 2015,
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Business just got easier

If you own a fleet business, you know that paper billing can sometimes become a hassle. Without GPS trackers there are possible customer disputes to handle, mathematics to cross check (possibly multiple times) and invoices to be re-written if they weren’t done correctly to begin with. Did you know that GPS trackers can make business transactions easier? You would definitely benefit from being able to simplify your billing processes, because it would be saving you time and many headaches. GPS trackers can save your fleet business money by tracking necessary data for effortless billing. Regardless if your fleet is large or small, this type of record keeping is critical for preserving your business’ efficiency.

Drivers will be able to have paper-free “notes” starting from the time that they leave your facility to respond to a customer call. Your drivers will no longer have to manually record the number of miles they drove or the time they spent at a job site. GPS trackers automatically capture this data so that your managers can make sure drivers are properly performing their duties in a timely manner. GPS tracker allow for prints to be made with date stamps on them. This will make it extremely difficult for there to be any misreporting on the driver’s part or the client’s, but more importantly customers will have exact, printable proof of when drivers were at their location for work.

Because the GPS trackers make it easier for the drivers to clock their work time, administrative tasks will be quicker to complete. The GPS trackers will store all the data needed. The GPS tracker features allow for historical storing of the collected data for retrieval at a later date. The administrative personnel can generate a report via the GPS tracker and print it off in order to quickly analyze information. Gone are the days of tedious computer data entry!

Billing can be the most effortless business activity in the world when you make use of GPS trackers for your company vehicles.

Live Map Control Functions For GPS Trackers

10 Mar , 2015,
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The map tracking system

It has been said many times that fleet business owners can benefit to a great extent by implementing GPS trackers. One of the best features about GPS trackers is their ability to provide live map tracking. Do you know where your drivers are or what they are doing? With GPS trackers, you wouldn’t have to second guess whether your drivers were doing their job. Ready to know more?

Proper GPS tracking for trucks requires recent and clear mapping. In addition, you should be able to get live traffic information via the map in order to help drivers avoid delays. The goal is that you want to be able to see, clearly, what is going out there on the road. Our GPS trackers have accurate and up-to-date maps in order to be the most user friendly. There are different types of views you can choose from in the live tracking web-based system: Map view, Hybrid, Birdseye and Satellite. These options are available to you to help you manage your fleet better.

In each of these views, you may move the map and toggle the display of helpful information. Immediately below the view type buttons, there are check box options as well. A few of these include Center and Traffic. When the Center box is checked, the view will automatically center on your selected vehicles. You will be able to see where they’re all located on the live map. You can even optimize your drivers’ routes by seeing which places are heaviest in traffic and give your drivers directions to a path with less traffic. This could save so much time and keep drivers from idling, unnecessarily in long traffic lines. In addition, re-routing can be accomplished if there is construction blocking a driver from reaching his or her destination.

Businesses that utilize GPS trackers with live map options can truly realize the benefits and gain complete control over their fleets in order to significantly reduce costs and produce productivity.

GPS Trackers Help Managers Improve Safety

9 Mar , 2015,
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GPS tracker: Monitoring for driver safety

Driver safety should be on the top of any managers list, because not monitoring this can lead to an accident. There is no doubt that the costs of an accident can be gruesome. You might be wondering how are you going to monitor all of your drivers at once? GPS trackers can be your simple solution.

Drivers who have been in an accident are costing the business money for vehicle repairs or replacement and company downtime. What you want is safe drivers and to reduce the amount of accidents. GPS trackers can help you have the proof that your drivers are being safe so that you can keep your mind at ease. With a GPS tracker monitoring your fleets you will have evidence that your drivers are following driving laws and that they are in compliance with speed limits. If your drivers know they are being monitored, they tend to work more efficiently.

GPS trackers can help you see where all of your drivers are at, always, with the live tracking map feature. You can also pull reports from the GPS trackers to see things like harsh braking habits, acceleration levels and ongoing driving speed. By auditing drivers you can keep facts that your drivers really are being the safest drivers that they can be while they’re out on the road. If drivers aren’t being safe, you will have evidence to show them and take the appropriate follow-up action if the behavior isn’t corrected.

As an added bonus, many insurance companies will even give businesses that utilize a GPS tracker system in their vehicles a discount. They will do so, because they know that GPS trackers improve safety. Leave it to a GPS tracker system to help you improve the safety of your drivers.

Attention Small Business Owners, GPS Trackers Benefit You Too!

6 Mar , 2015,
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A powerful tool for any size business.

Many small businesses have the misconception that a GPS Tracker system is only for large scale companies with tons of vehicles in their fleet, but this could not be further from the truth. While we do have our larger clients, we also know the value that GPS trackers adds to the small business. Whether you are managing 200 vehicles or managing 2, a GPS tracker system is the solution for you.

You might ask yourself how the same GPS tracker software that is used on fleets in the hundreds could be relevant to your fleet of a few and we understand your concern. At OPAL Fleet Tracking, we understand that a small business encounters a unique set of challenges which is why our GPS tracker software is designed to cater to all sizes.

We understand that one of the biggest challenges you face as a small business is that you have to wear so many hats. Where a large company employs hundreds of professionals to keep each department running efficiently, to cut costs, you are managing these departments on your own. The problem we see with this type of system is that you are not only taking away time from other time-sensitive tasks, your burning of the midnight oil leaves you open for more errors.

We give you access to many items that will simplify the way you do business, which intern offers you the commodity of time. Some of these items include:
A user-friendly system interface with 24/7 access
Turn-by-turn directions
Geo-fences that notify you if a vehicle has left a set perimeter
Employee reports
Time-sheet and payroll
Gas mileage/speed/idling reports
Driver behavior reports
Interactive maps that grant you a snapshot of your business in real-time

We would love the opportunity to talk with you in detail why these features are so beneficial and create a plan to make your job a whole lot easier.

Ways to better your business with a GPS Tracker

5 Mar , 2015,
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Working Smarter Made Easier for You

It’s not being lazy if you have a system in place to help your business, it’s being efficient! The truth is you have probably been drilled on the idea of working hard your whole business career and often times you most likely put in more work than necessary. Continuing down the path of tedious, meaningless work is time consuming and a waste of money. GPS tracker technology can do many things to make your life a little easier.

If you’re spending endless, tiresome hours keeping manual records for invoicing, then you’re working too hard. GPS tracker solutions can simplify the process for you by keeping track of information. You can pull reports to access dates, times and accurate hours worked on a project for proper billing. GPS trackers can help you save time and that is the most important aspect of business, because as they say, “time is money.”

Another great way a GPS tracker can help better your business is by tracking information about your fleet vehicles. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop manually logging odometer readings? A GPS tracker can give you a reading of vehicle odometers for your entire fleet in real-time. Also, we all know it can be ridiculously time consuming to stay on top of vehicle maintenance. A GPS tracker could also help you in this area by scheduling.

Lastly, but definitely not the least important way, a GPS tracker can improve customer service. If there is a customer emergency you want to make sure you can respond as rapidly as possible. Your fleet can do that most easily by seeing a live access GPS tracker map. In this way, the drivers will know which vehicle is closest to the customer in need, saving a lot of wasted time trying to figure this out on their own. Keep in mind not all GPS tracker systems are the same, and most systems are nowhere near live updating platforms.

Working a smarter way, not a harder way is what a GPS tracker can offer you.