Attempting to juggle all the aspects of managing a fleet can often be overwhelming at the best of times. Fleet managers are busy people! There’s legislation to comply with, regular servicing, maintenance schedules, drivers to manage and customers to keep happy. There are many moving parts to delivering goods to all corners of the United Kingdom.
With an abundance of vehicle tracking and telematics options available since the early 2000’s, fleet managers can choose from a range of solutions. Designed to suit all fleet types and budgets. Most notably, the customizable nature of many telematics packages helps manage the day-to-day of fleet operations. Simplifying management tasks, while making a significant saving on expenses. It is thus no surprise how telematics has attracted the interest and investment of haulage and transport companies.
However, with so much tracking and fleet management technology available, fleet managers still neglect to consider trailer tracking. Implementing a trailer tracking solution can result in a range of benefits and ROI to any fleet operation. Including increased trailer utilisation, more accurate invoicing, and improved customer service. So, how do you know if trailer tracking would benefit you and your business?
Here are 7 signs that your fleet might benefit from implementing a trailer tracking solution:
1. Ensuring your trailers are regularly serviced is a logistical nightmare
You must meet operational standards every 3 weeks. However, the logistics of finding trailers, allocating downtime, and organising them to come back to the depot for servicing can be a difficult process.
Implementing a trailer tracking solution with an inbuilt maintenance scheduling module enables you to input servicing schedules. Then you can plan your trailers routes around upcoming deadlines. Ensuring the whole fleet remains compliant, accounted for, and you stay stress-free!
2. Your paper trail is overwhelming
Do you find keeping your paperwork organised is often more difficult than it needs to be? Have you had the odd proof of delivery sheet go missing, leaving you with holes in your audit trail? With a comprehensive trailer tracking solution, you have an efficient audit trail that provides you with your trailers’ usage times, and time spent on sites. The result? An entirely paperless proof of delivery system.
3. Slow turnaround times are losing you money
Do you find your trailers are often waiting for long periods of time at customer depots to load or unload? Slow and inefficient turnaround times equals lost time, and therefore lost money. Many trailer tracking solutions come with geofencing features that enable you to ‘ring fence’ a customer’s depot.
From there you can set up instant SMS or email notifications for the customer, triggered whenever your trailer is entering that ringfence. This allows your customer to ensure the loading deck is prepared for arrival. Resulting in a quick turnaround time or everyone.
4. Your trailers have too much downtime
Have you ever found your trailers left on a customer site for weeks at a time? Or, you have realised your customers have more trailers than contracted? If your answer is “too many times,” then your current method of tracking trailers is most likely impacting your company’s bottom line.
Live trailer tracking means you can pinpoint the exact location of any of your valuable assets at any time, allowing you to ensure no trailers sit idle again. Utilisation reporting also outlines how you can use your trailers more efficiently by analysing the time spent idle or at a customer’s site.
5. You’re blind to your assets
Ever lost thousands of pounds from spoilt loads because your driver wasn’t aware the trailer fridge was faulty? Or had one of your vehicles involved in a costly RTA from a dangerous tyre blowout? These days, trailer tracking devices offer much more than just location tracking. The latest technology on the market can provide a wealth of trailer related data, such as:
- Temperature monitoring
- Tyre pressure & temperature monitoring
- Plus other FMS data including axle weight, etc.
With a live connection to the on-board GPS device, any issues are instantly communicated to both the driver and head office. Whatever the issue may be, with trailer tracking in place it can be immediately rectified, stopping accidents or spoilt loads from occurring.
6. Your invoicing process is slow
Invoicing can often be slow and tedious if you do not have the correct tools to aid you. If you are relying on paper copies for proof of delivery, you tend to find that the paperwork comes back damaged. Or sometimes it doesn’t even come back at all!
Having an all-in-one paperless proof of delivery and collection solution gives you the freedom to create and send invoices within minutes. Made possible as the arrival and departure reports update in real-time.
7. Recovering lost trailers is a frustrating process
This is one of the most common issues we find that fleet managers must deal with, on a daily basis! Having trailers that are ‘lost’ for weeks on end, having to call depots, drivers, and customers to try and locate them. Anyone would find it stressful, and for fleet managers, it is now an unnecessary process to go through.
Trailer tracking is an effective solution for this. With live tracking from a battery that lasts around 7 years, you gain complete visibility and peace of mind. To locate any trailer in your fleet, simply type the registration into your tracking search bar. Want to find out when your trailer has left a depot? You can run your trailers’ journey history reports. Improved trailer utilisation and happier customers are just some of the many benefits of a trailer tracking solution.