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How Telematics and Labor Management Work Together

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Nov 16, 2017 4:00:00 AM

You probably know the advantages of telematic insight when it comes to managing your fleet, but what if you could leverage that information for more effective labor management? You can, because fleet and labor tracking can be easily merged. track-2906667_640.jpg

Telematics systems can now share important workforce data with your labor management systems. The two systems can now communicate data seamlessly. This gives management a huge efficiency and safety advantage.

For example, do you have insight into the productivity and behaviors of each individual employee? What if you could identify if an operator does the required safety checks, if he speeds, or if other reckless behavior is noted? What risk could you avoid and address armed with this knowledge?

Worker shortcomings can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in:

  • injuries
  • equipment and worker downtime
  • damaged equipment
  • OSHA violations and fines

Telematics can identify those risks and inefficiencies, so you address them in real time, before they occur.

When telematic tracking marries with labor management

Labor costs encompass as much as 70 to 90 percent of the operating expenses for a standard materials-handling operation. The cost of that labor only equals the work performed if everything is operating smoothly.

Say, for example, you don’t know how much time a driver is active with a load, or whether certain areas of your warehouse are more prone to accidents than others. This results in struggling to meet labor standard benchmarks, to measure productivity improvements, and to reign in your labor costs.

Telematics gives your Warehouse Management System (WMS) an improved “big-picture” visibility, helping you forecast and highlight hidden costs such as worker safety, damage to inventory or racking, and premature wear on material. Most importantly, it identifies what needs to be done to improve performance.

A telematics platform provides:

  • Analysis about the productivity of all operators compared by shift, site, and region.
  • The ability to pinpoint driver inefficiencies or a need for improved driver training. Forklift drivers account for 70 to 80 percent of the hourly cost of operating a lift truck, so targeting improvements or additional driver training saves time and money.
  • Identified areas where workflow or personnel changes would improve productivity.
  • Improved inventory accuracy. Monitoring and measuring the movement of assets — including inventory — in real time is vital to identifying and then eliminating the source of inefficiencies.
  • Insight into traffic movements, which identify the most effective locations for fast-moving pallets. It can become possible to move every pallet up to 15 seconds faster, and, over time, reduce operating costs and boost productivity.

Leverage a telematics platform to easily merge data from all three elements that make up your warehouse operation — inventory, people, and hard assets. This comprehensive, detailed insight gives you the big picture on what’s happening in your facility and why.

Topics: labor management, operator report card, fleet operation, smart trucks, Software integration, advanced telematics

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