OPPORTUNITIES
FOR IMPROVED FLEET
PERFORMANCE THROUGH
MOBILE SOLUTIONS
Introduction
Benefits of mobile fleet solutions
Key factors for successful implementation of mobile solutions
How mobile f...
Introduction
Trucking companies and fleet managers today have to deal with many challenges. The rising fuel costs, overhea...
Industry Trends
$9.08 billion – Global fleet management revenue
in 2013
$27.61 billion – Expected fleet management
revenue...
Benefits of Mobile Fleet Management Solutions
Running a fleet is expensive. So adding any new technology in your business
...
Companies get to retain complete control over the data. It is easy to setup parameters on who is able to view a
particular...
One of the main advantages of using a mobile solution is its portability.
Since the app runs on a smartphone which most tr...
Key Factors for Successful Implementation of
Mobile Solutions
There are many types of fleet management solutions. Mobile s...
Control Center
Dispatcher sends messages
about a job to the driver.
Dispatch Truck
Driver receives messages
on his smartph...
Solutions
EMKAY is one of the top providers of vehicle financing and full service
fleet management solutions throughout No...
About Softweb Solutions
Softweb Solutions is a leading Software Development Company that serves clients worldwide of all s...
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  1. 1. OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVED FLEET PERFORMANCE THROUGH MOBILE SOLUTIONS
  2. 2. Introduction Benefits of mobile fleet solutions Key factors for successful implementation of mobile solutions How mobile fleet management works Case study About Softweb Solutions Industry trends Table of Contents 11 10 9 8 5 3 4
  3. 3. Introduction Trucking companies and fleet managers today have to deal with many challenges. The rising fuel costs, overhead for maintenance and insurance, and driver costs all continue to exert pressure on the bottom line. Fleet management becomes even more difficult in situations where the company has an extensive network and delivery times are crucial to retain and win over new business. Running a fleet involves huge capital investments which leaves little room for experimentation. So how is the fleet manager supposed to adapt to the changing business environment without risking his primary business objectives? The one thing that can help management cut down on operating costs is technology. This paper covers how mobile solutions can help in fleet management.
  4. 4. Industry Trends $9.08 billion – Global fleet management revenue in 2013 $27.61 billion – Expected fleet management revenue by 2018 $1.3 trillion – Total size of the logistics industry of which fleet management is a crucial part 12 million – Fleet vehicles on the road every day in the U.S. 48 million tons – Total weight of freight that is moved around annually in the U.S. 6 million – People employed by the logistics industry 59% - Fleet managers and decision makers using mobile apps for fleet management 67% - Drivers that carry smartphones on a daily basis 82% - Fleet managers who are interested in using mobile technology to manage their fleet 35% - Drivers that are using job specific apps for their work
  5. 5. Benefits of Mobile Fleet Management Solutions Running a fleet is expensive. So adding any new technology in your business model requires a big capital investment. This can either be a one-time investment or a monthly expenditure. Adding GPS devices, leasing fleet management hardware or subscribing to monthly packages are all expenses that quickly add up. But with a mobile solution for fleet management, the costs involved are substantially lower. This is because an overwhelming majority of truck drivers and fleet managers already have smartphones that they use, either issued by the companyorasisincreasinglycommon,aresult of BYOD.Thismeansthat Fleet management solutions usually require extensive changes to the company's existing IT setup because of the need to implement customized software and hardware. This switch often involves legacy migration. With limited budgets to spare for this, many fleet companies put off using the latest technologies. But with a mobile solution for managing fleets, companies can make the change with relatively little change to their current technology setup. The trucks do not need to be taken off the road for even a single minute. Even the drivers can keep using any smartphone that meets the basic hardware and OS version requirements. A mobile solution by design is created to be flexible enough to be integrated easily into the ERP systems of trucking companies. This allows companies to cut down on costs and paperwork, leading to more efficient processes. The mobile apps are also low maintenance. Whenever an update is required, it can be pushed through from a central location and the app can be updated within minutes. Cross-platform Compatibility Reduced Operating Expenses Mobile fleet solutions offer the added benefit of a free operating system – another way for enterprises to save costs. an organization deciding to implement a mobile solution just has to ask its employees to install the app on their smartphones and a short training session on how to use it. The mobile apps available are so well-designed that getting up to speed on them takes just a few minutes.
  6. 6. Companies get to retain complete control over the data. It is easy to setup parameters on who is able to view a particular dataset. Managers can assign tasks, routes and view status updates anywhere, anytime and give precise instructions in real-time. The data continues to be stored on the company's existing servers and IT setup. This means that the internal IT staff can quickly respond to any security breaches. The solution delivers an excellent return on investment because of its mobile-centric approach. Bulky on-board systems that require custom hard-wiring and hardware replacements are being phased out in favor of mobile apps that are installed in minutes and paying for themselves with better cargo tracking, reduced fuel consumption and better asset utilization. Mobile solutions are flexible management systems with an immediate return-on –investment. Driver safety is among the most important aspects of fleet management. This is not just an ethics issue but also a practical business requirement. A safe operating environment can save companies money through reduced insurance premiums and better utilization of human resources. Insurance companies are increasingly including the installation of fleet management solutions as one of the parameters when it comes to deciding on the trucking company's insurance premiums. Excellent Return on Investment Improved Safety for Drivers Data Security Mobile apps can help with on-time deliveries by helping dispatchers and drivers with planning, communication and resource management. When the fleet manager is confined to his office, he is limited in what he can do. He cannot make on-site visits to different offices as much as he needs to since there is no way of tracking the fleet while on the road and at his remote locations. Instant alerts, fleet problems such as vehicle damage or late delivery are issues on which the fleet manager has to stay on top. With a mobile solution for managing their fleet, managers can keep track of their vehicles without having to stay in the office. This gives them the flexibility to spend more time on location with their staff in different locations and interact with their employees. Flexibility for Fleet Managers
  7. 7. One of the main advantages of using a mobile solution is its portability. Since the app runs on a smartphone which most truck drivers and supervisors carry around today, it means that this has unmatched user reach. With the ever increasing processing power of today's smartphones, the applications can be upgraded to run more enterprise requirements. Mobile solutions can be updated to support video chat and location- aware features. The larger screens and higher end graphics support have made smartphones an ideal choice for implementing fleet management solutions for many companies. Trucking companies are an essential part of America, delivering goods throughout the country. But this also means that trucks end up contributing to a big part of the carbon footprint. Today there is an increased focus on reducing carbon footprints by the trucking industry. Even in this area, a mobile solution can help a trucking company achieve its fleet targets. The mobile solution can help the fleet manager know and act upon unnecessary vehicle operation and idling times, resulting in reduced fuel consumption. Easy and Quick User Adoption Moving Towards a Greener Fleet Mobile apps are easy to deploy and access. They are also quickly adopted by employees who are used to smartphone apps. They are also quickly adopted by employees who are used to smartphone apps.
  8. 8. Key Factors for Successful Implementation of Mobile Solutions There are many types of fleet management solutions. Mobile solutions are one such option. Implementing a mobile solution often requires customizing a particular app to your specific needs. This means that the purpose of the solution should be clear since a one size fits all approach can result in the application being underutilized or ends up being ignored by the intended users. Fleet managers need to decide on the factors that they want to measure and establish a baseline. Fleet management solutions can be used to measure fuel costs savings, man hours spent, asset maintenance, dispatch times and ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival). Not all fleets are the same. This means that your approach towards a fleet solution should be guided by what kind of fleet are you running. Are you in charge of passenger vehicles, or commercial trucks, heavy Earth moving machines or oil tankers? The solution that you choose should be compatible with the requirements of not just your specific industry but also your company. Once your staff is on board with this mobile solution, the next step is training. Although mobile apps are user intuitive by nature, this still requires a well-developed documentation of the app and how it is to be used. For example, the app has inbuilt text capability but the drivers can also send text messages directly to their dispatchers. But sending the text directly on a cell number takes the message out of the app ecosystem. So the company needs to emphasize on the fact that all messages must go through the app. Be Clear About Your Objectives Measuring Results Fleet Specific Solutions Right Training For a mobile fleet management solution to be successful, it requires across the board buy-in from your organization. Utilizing the solution to its maximum capability requires full scale adoption by not just the managers but also the fleet supervisors, dispatchers and drivers. Across the Board Participation
  9. 9. Control Center Dispatcher sends messages about a job to the driver. Dispatch Truck Driver receives messages on his smartphone and starts his journey. Dispatcher is able to track driver's progress and his ETA. Always Accessible Data The app works in offline mode,giving driver access to needed info on the tasks. Inbuilt QR Code Scanner The app allows the driver to do a quick inventory management. Scanning by drivers at pickup/delivery locations keeps control center updated. Truck Returns to the Company Driver can be assigned a new job en route. Dispatcher can view all vehicle reports on desktop or mobile. Shipment Delivery Proof of delivery recorded by driver. Driver can also record refused delivery or returns resulting from damaged goods. How Mobile Fleet Management Works
  10. 10. Solutions EMKAY is one of the top providers of vehicle financing and full service fleet management solutions throughout North America. The company offers vehicle leasing, vehicle management technology, maintenance control, fuel management, accident management, safety services, license renewal, and much more. EMKAY is considered as a leader in coming up with innovative approaches within the industry. The company has won several awards for its online fleet dashboard and smartphone apps. EMKAY wanted us to create a mobile app that would enable their fleet drivers to view valuable information related to their vehicles. The app would also have to work across all three major platforms – Android, iOS, and Blackberry. There was also a requirement to incorporate the Google Maps feature that would highlight the current location of the truck and give directions to EMKAY's maintenance vendors. According to EMKAY, this was the first time that they were launching such an app, and they intended to provide more such applications to their clients in the future. Case Study Challenges Solutions Business Benefits Mobile App for EMKAY to Help the Company Achieve Efficient Fleet Management After an exhaustive market survey and research into the requirements of trucking companies, we designed a fleet management application that is centered around the driver. The app, Driver 360, has user-friendly features that gives drivers and their supervisors all the needed information at their fingertips. Vehicle dashboard screen Driver information / dashboard Mileage log / tracking tool Google Maps integration Ease of navigation Roadside assistance Secured login for drivers Dynamic FAQs Simple and user-friendly interface allows users to manage and track their vehicles/fleets. Compatible with the major platforms – iOS, Android, and Blackberry. Helps to locate authorized service center. Custom reports.
  11. 11. About Softweb Solutions Softweb Solutions is a leading Software Development Company that serves clients worldwide of all sizes. We have a strong performance record in offering quality software development services demonstrated by our partnerships with leading software developers and our Microsoft Certified partnership. We provide cutting edge mobile app development solutions for all the major platforms such as Apple iOS, Android OS, Blackberry and Windows Phone. We help companies deal with constantly evolving business needs by incorporating all our strengths in our solutions. Softweb solutions 2531 Technology Drive, Suite 312,Elgin,lllinois 60124 US Tool Free Number:1-866-345-7638 Email:info@softwebsolutions.com | www.softwebsolutions.com 300+ 10+ 1000+500+ Expert Developers for iOS, Android & Win8 Years of Software Development Satisfied Clients & Growing Successful Projects Delivered

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