Food and Beverage – What GPS gear do you need for your trucks?

truckgps-beverage-freightliner-truckIf you’re in the food and beverage industry you know you have specific challenges to meet – on-time deliveries, demanding customers, ad hoc jobs, coordinating drivers and keeping everything fresh. Can GPS help you to meet the problems that are unique to the beverage industry? How are other beverage fleets using GPS fleet tracking to improve service, cut costs and improve stock security?

Unique challenges faced by beverage industry

The beverage industry is a fast-moving and constantly changing scene. Closely associated with hospitality it can be demanding and competitive. Food and beverage distributors can face any of the following challenges:

  • Reducing costs – fuel usage and vehicle maintenance
  • Asset utilization
  • Lowering overhead/fleet management labor costs
  • Driver compliance with safety regulations
  • Eliminating risky driving practices
  • Improving vehicle safety
  • Disproving accident accusations
  • Negotiating heavily congested streets

Do any of these problems sound familiar? For many beverage fleet operators they are a pain in the proverbial, and have even put some out of business. Don’t let that happen to you. If you haven’t already you should consider a GPS fleet tracking (telematics) solution to address these problems head on.

GPS telematics to boost ROI

When times are tough, and bottom lines threatened by increased competition or downturns in the economy, some managers shy away from spending money. While it’s sensible to cut costs where possible, to say no to all expenditure can be short sighted.

The fact is some costs can actually be more of an investment than an expense. For example, spending money on a telematics solution can soon begin returning the upfront cost, with interest. Try the online telematics ROI calculator to see how much your fleet could be saving. Some money spent on installing GPS tracking devices, black boxes or PNDs and telematics software can often be repaid within 120 days of the system been implemented.

Telematics delivers big advantages to the beverage industry

Fleet managers in the food and beverage industry are already reaping the rewards of installing a GPS telematics solution to effectively manage their fleet. For example, Steve from Pro’s Ranch Markets had this to say about their tracking solution:

“…the difference is “night and day”. Steve Provenzano, Vice President of Logistics of Pro’s Ranch Markets said, “My logistics managers are able to see where our tractors are at any given time using satellite imagery, making on-the-fly changes in routing and operations seamless.”

You can read the full case study here.

So what about the problems we mentioned at the outset? How does a telematics solution help food and beverage fleet managers deal with the situations they face on a daily basis?

  • Reducing costs, fuel usage and vehicle maintenance – Telematics offers route optimization, automatic maintenance scheduling, improved warranty recovery and less out-of-route miles.
  • Improve asset utilizationGPS tracking and route planning software means less downtime and better scheduling.
  • Lower overhead/fleet management labor costs – Reduce windshield time, help drivers complete more jobs in less time with better routing and more effective dispatch.
  • Driver compliance with safety regulations – Monitor workers wherever they are and ensure drivers comply with DOT, speed limits and road restrictions.
  • Eliminating risky driving practices – Get real-time email alerts for risky driving such as speeding, swerving, hard braking and acceleration.
  • Improve vehicle safety – Advanced vehicle diagnosis data can be sent directly to maintenance managers e.g. low battery, snapped belts etc. Using Telogis Mobile drivers can be prompted to complete pre and post trip inspection reports.
  • Disproving accident accusations – Quickly confirm or deny litigious accident claims using the ‘What happened here?’ historical report. Saves a lot of investigation time and costly court costs.
  • Negotiating heavily congested streets – Using traffic data feeds, automatically route vehicles according to the least congested roads. Color-coded map layers show areas of the slowest moving traffic, allowing dispatch to give drivers the fastest route.

So if you’re in the food and beverage industry and are responsible for delivering stock fast, fresh and on-time then GPS telematics could be the best decision you make for yourself, your customers and your fleet.