Most warehouse and distribution centers deploy some form of fleet telematics and inventory tracking, which allows everyone to focus on achieving safety and performance objectives. But understanding all the data gathered by a telematic system can be an intimidating, time-consuming task.
Ultimately you want a reporting system to provide you with exactly what you need to know and identify the tasks that need to be done next. In fact, recent customer focus groups conducted by TotalTrax found that most businesses want more control over reports and the insights they provide.
Our focus groups identified 5 key telematic reporting requirements:
- The ability to customize reports, choosing the fields they want to appear in the report;
- The ability to share reports with other SX200 users, including supervisors and leads;
- The ability to save reports as templates, so they don’t have to be built every time someone logs in;
- The ability to export reports into various forms, including PDF, Excel, and CSV; and
- The ability to see trends across operations, including equipment and productivity.
If these are areas where your reporting falls short, customized telematic reporting will better fit your needs.
But not all telematic platforms are created equal.
There is a clear need for suppliers to be in tune with their clients’ operations and continuously revise and tailor data solutions in response to customer needs. Customers on TotalTrax SX200 have recently been upgraded to a new reporting solution that addresses each of the top 5 customer needs. Today, the more big data you have about your operations, the greater the opportunities — and no advanced analytical skills should be required.
Why customizable reports are a game changer
Telematics is about making informed decisions. So, time-consuming reports that make you search for insights mean you’re working harder — not smarter — to achieve your objectives. No two enterprises are the same, so your telematic reports need to be customizable, to respond to the needs of your organization.
For example, perhaps routing is risky in your facility. Your reports can be customized to focus on determining where, when, and even why impacts are occurring. You can then respond by rerouting forklifts to avoid congested areas, reducing wasted time and avoiding associated risk to the fleet and drivers. Perhaps the most significant risk is that some of your operators are speeding or driving recklessly. Your reports should identify operators performing poorly, showing actual time spent moving products, idle time, etc. This provides insights into operator-specific needs, like more driver training. Real-time monitoring ensures driver behavior is monitored with documentation.
Nearly 52 percent of warehouses use telematics to improve operations. Deploying an advanced telematics platform that offers customizable reporting allows you to leverage vital insights to achieve essential safety and performance objectives.