The benefits of GPS real-time tracking are clear for any business whose people are always on the move. You can see where your employees are at any moment or send the closest person to respond to emergencies.
But how can GPS help when it comes to delivery route planning? Whether you’re in transportation, logistics or construction, here are 7 ways you can use GPS real-time tracking to gain a competitive edge.
Delivery drivers are always on the move, and to do their job safely and efficiently, they have to stay focused. With GPS real-time tracking, your drivers’ mobile devices will automatically map their GPS coordinates and record their work status. If they lose service for some reason, the GPS will continue mapping as soon as the phone reconnects — no need to manually log in.
The most obvious benefit of GPS for delivery route planning is that it gives your team the most accurate, optimized routes — in the moment and over time. Not only can you use your team’s location to find the fastest route from Point A to Point B, but over time, you can compare data from commonly driven routes and make adjustments. You can even gauge which routes generate the most driver expenses (meals, gas, lodging) and plan future routes accordingly. Those changes can save your business hours of travel time, fuel and expenses.
4. Respond to Emergencies or Changes
No matter how airtight your delivery route planning is, disruptions happen. Whether you’re responding to an emergency or navigating around a construction shutdown, GPS time-tracking can support you. Identify route inefficiencies as they emerge or send the closest fleet member on emergency call-outs. When staffing changes pop up, add a new delivery route and automatically notify drivers so you can move on to more important things.
Some deliveries are trickier than others, whether it’s a remote location or a challenging route. Real-time GPS tracking gives your employees peace of mind because someone knows exactly where they are and will be looking for them if they get lost or delayed. They’ll also feel supported knowing it’s not entirely up to them to find the safest, most efficient way to get to their destination. With Time Tracker, they have the power of your full team behind them, no matter where they are in the field.
Optimal delivery route planning requires clear communication. Use Time Tracker to send important messages about travel diversions and enable employees to communicate with each other for support and advice.
One of the lesser known benefits of using GPS for delivery route planning is that you’re always collecting snapshots of your service area. With Time Tracker’s detailed reports, you can pull key data at any time, or have automatic reports sent to you that will show you where your customers live, what their delivery schedules look like, etc. And you can use that data to help you determine where to focus future marketing efforts.
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Time Tracker has proven, time and again, that it can save companies time and money when it comes to delivery route planning. Try a free 14-day trial today and see for yourself.