Of the 1 million lift-trucks in use in the United States, only about 20% are equipped with telematics. Why? The fear of getting too much confusing information.
While many warehouse managers know the benefits of telematics, they fear getting lost in a pile of data and not knowing what to do with it. Sound familiar? Then you should know that today’s telematics platforms are not one-size-fits-all.
Some telematics systems can be fully customized to fit your enterprise’s current, specific needs, and then can be expanded as the business grows.
So, rather than ordering the giant blue plate special, you can have a telematics menu, chosen à la carte, that fits your current appetite for information.
Your specific need-to-know items
Warehouse managers are multi-tasking each day. Most will agree that they just want to be told what they need to know — this is what’s going wrong; this is how to fix it.
To meet that need, today’s telematics offers a window into everything happening in the warehouse, connecting warehouse management to labor management and safety. But, it tells the user in simplified data exactly what is happening where and why.
This evolution means:
- Dashboards present only the most relevant and actionable data.
- Data is now managed through cloud-hosted services, providing easy access.
- Simplified access to information for decisions means there is no question what is wrong and why.
- It is easy to connect fleet utilization data with warehouse management systems (WMS), labor management systems (LMS), and other software systems for a holistic view into operations.
- True productivity can be identified and a fleet right-sized. (For example, data can calculate in advance how many drivers and lift-trucks are needed to move 1,000 pallets per hour.)
- Monitoring operators’ skills, behaviors, and performance compared to other drivers is completed for you through an operator report card.
- A compilation of data on operator productivity, safety and product damage allows inefficiencies to be quickly addressed.
- You can monitor everything from what each lift-truck is doing to the health and charge of each battery. Combined, they offer the “big picture” of efficiencies and avenues for improvement.
Saving time is on the menu
The fact is that real-time data improves productivity, reduces product damage, identifies repairs/maintenance of fleet, and monitors operators’ performance. How much time would you save if you didn’t need to run reports or digest the information yourself? What if real-time telematic data told you exactly how well top KPIs are doing?
- Activity – movement of your fleet
- Impacts – how many per month? Which operators?
- Checklists – safety checklists completed successfully and completely
- Lockout – which vehicles are locked out due to maintenance issues or impact
- Certification – are all driver certifications up to date, meeting OSHA training requirements?
When you deploy telematics software today, you have choices. It can be customized to report on specific areas of your business, telling you exactly what you need to know and what must be done to improve it.