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GPS Tracking: going digital to improve productivity

Megan Webb-Morgan extols the virtues of modern GPS fleet tracking systems and RFID technology
 Fleet tracking systems promote efficiency & productivit..
 
 

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Fleet tracking systems have gained a lot of press for the ways that they promote efficiency and productivity in the manufacturing sector; able to track incoming and outgoing shipments, monitor drivers, and maintain control over inventory and supply chains, among other things.  

By utilizing digital GPS tracking technology, you can take the guessing game of out of the picture, and focus on being effective and efficient, saving both time and money.

Tracking drivers & shipments

Utilising GPS fleet tracking systemsenable you to access real-time and historic data regarding the productivityof your drivers. Many times drivers don’t have time to regularly check in with manual tracking systems, and these systems don’t have real-time tracking capabilities, either.

Digital tracking lets you see where a shipment is at any given time, how efficiently that shipment is being transported, and how productive your individual drivers are.

  • Fleet tracking and management systems help you plan the most fuel-efficient routes for transporting your inventory from one location to another.
  • It highlights areas of low-productivity, identifies inefficient shipping practices, and detects reckless or inefficient driving behaviors like speeding or excessive idling.
  • Accurately knowing where your drivers are at any given time not only provides their location, but how long they have until their next stop and how they can be routed more effectively to increase delivery output and reduce idle time.
  • In a survey by eyefortransport, 48 percent of companies found that improved fuel and route management was the most important result of adopting fleet tracking technologies, followed closely by improved customer service (36 percent).

Tracking inventory & supplies

Tracking drivers and shipments isn’t the only way to utilise digital tracking technology to improve your company’s productivity. Tracking inventory and supplies as it enters and leaves your facility can help you stay organised, efficient, and productive.

  • A lot of time is wasted on the warehouse floor searching for missing or misplaced inventory. By utilising GPS tracking within your warehouse, you can maintain real-time knowledge of where your inventory and supplies are located, even if they have been moved numerous times. Your employees will spend less time searching for what they need to do their jobs, and more time actually doing their jobs.
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology – similar to GPS tracking – can help you optimise your supplies and raw material procurement, monitor production tools and equipment, and help you plan ahead for demands in your supply chain.
  • Have problems with product disappearance? GPS or RFID tags can alert your tracking system when an item has been removed without authorisation from the premises, or when an item on order fails to arrive in the appropriate shipment.

Having GPS tracking installed in your fleet saves your drivers time spent filling out manual reports and gives you information on how to best optimise your fleet’s operations. On the warehouse floor, you can use digital tracking – through GPS or RFID technology – to control your inventory through every step of production. If you find ways to maintain better organisation and control of your on- and off-site procedures, your business’s productivity will also be improved.
 

Megan Webb-Morgan is a web content writer for ResourceNation.com. She writes about small business, focusing on topics such as inventory tracking and fleet tracking technologies. Find ResourceNation on Facebook, too!

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