Fleet management technology is so much more than maintenance tracking. As useful as this feature is and as popular as it has become among end users, if you are debating whether to invest in fleet management technology, consider the full range of capabilities that it offers.
Fleet management technology does not only provide the key measure of warehouse productivity – how many pallets does each of your vehicles move per hour? – it also tells you everything you need to know about the efficiency of your entire operation.
With fleet management technology, you gain real-time visibility, which, in turn, helps you answer questions such as:
- Are your forklifts operating at capacity?
- Do you know their exact position at all times?
- What about the location of pallets?
- What percentage of their shifts does your drivers spend active with load?
If you seek to drive productivity improvements, you need a fleet of lift trucks that are not simply moving materials from one value-added station to another, as Josh Boyd, contributing editor, wrote in in Logistics Management, but also plays an integral role in ensuring value throughout your operation.
Fleet management software transforms your lift truck into a hub of communication, tying together the equipment itself with other parties such as maintenance personnel, the equipment manufacturer, and the customer. And that’s not all. By using, for example, the Sky-Trax System, a suite of patented technology for vehicle tracking and fleet management, you turn your whole warehouse into a hard drive, putting you on the fast track toward 100 percent inventory accuracy.
Designed for use in warehouse and logistics centers, the TotalTrax Fleet Management Solutions typically results in a 10 to 20 percent fleet operating cost reduction by monitoring and right sizing the fleet, minimizing direct labor costs, slashing overtime hours, and cutting maintenance and damage costs.
Complete operational visibility also leads to improvements in other areas related to:
- OSHA compliance
- Maintenance scheduling
- Driver accountability
- Forklift safety
As Mike McKean, fleet management sales and marketing manager for Toyota Material Handling, USA, wisely said: "If you’re at the top of your game, the key to continued success lies in the data. You own that data, and now it needs dedicated resources to make the best of it. How can you get better? Can you make maintenance even more efficient, improve uptime, make operators safer? The point is not to achieve an ROI; the point is to push on.”
If you are still running around your warehouse with a clip board searching for pallets, you are wasting precious time and resources. It is time to push on. Put your clip board down and invest in a tool that will make a difference – fleet management technology.