Managing Small Fleets With GPS
The strength of the United States economy is based on the many small businesses throughout the country that supply goods and services to consumers. These companies aren't corporate giants with stockholders and shareholders such as Google, Apple, Coke Cola or ExxonMobil, but rather locally owned and operated businesses that offer heating & air services, organic produce, automotive repairs and so much more. Companies that don't need a massive fleet management strategy for vehicle monitoring, only a few simple real-time GPS tracking devices capable of offering driving reports and live glimpses of where drivers are located. This is exactly what one business in Henderson, Nevada needed and found through the use of SilverCloud GPS trackers.
Most businesses located in Henderson, Nevada operate locally and in the surrounding Las Vegas region. They are small to medium-sized businesses that transport goods, offer services and do the little things that help the local economy through job creation. That is why it was not a shock when a mattress company headquartered in Henderson contacted GPS Tracker Shop to discuss the option of using GPS tracking devices to oversee the driving activity of employees. The goal of this mattress company was to use GPS to gather information about drivers operating delivery service vehicles. Although the mattress company in Henderson only had three delivery vehicles, none of which traveled outside a 45 mile radius of the Las Vegas area, the manager felt it was important to have a better pulse on the activity of mobile assets.
"Our drivers deliver mattresses to consumers who purchased goods from our store, but even though we don't have the same fleet concerns as most big companies we still felt GPS tracking could reduce inefficiencies", explained a representative for the Henderson based company. "We opted to move forward with SilverCloud GPS trackers because the devices not only offered us real-time GPS locational data, but also provided speed alerts and extended stop alerts. This was important because we certainly do not want our employees driving aggressively or taking too much time on deliveries."
GPS tracking devices are now so affordable and easy to operate that they can fit into any businesses' vehicle management plans. This is because even the smallest of service-based businesses could benefit from mileage accounting, auto-theft security, real-time locational updates and a system that will alert managers if employees are driving company vehicles aggressively.
Columbus Unions Are Dead Wrong About GPS
Unions first grew in popularity during the Industrial Revolution when business owners worked their employees so hard that those employees needed to band together in order to improve working conditions, wages and overall employee safety. Unions essentially helped level the playing field so employers couldn't over work employees or put them in a dangerous environment. They made certain that there was a more fair balance between boss and worker. Unfortunately, unions would grow so powerful over time that they would sometimes engage in behavior that was counter productive to safety and oversight. A perfect example of this is the recent grievance filed by both police and fire unions in Columbus who adamantly are saying they refuse to accept any type of punishment based on data from GPS trackers that will be installed upon city vehicles.
The unwarranted complaint by the unions came shortly after the city of Columbus made the decision to equip GPS tracking devices on all marked police and fire automobiles. The people and elected officials of Columbus decided to move forward with a new GPS fleet management plan after research showed in concrete detail that GPS could improve maintenance, fuel efficiency, and route selection, all while preventing misconduct or personal use of city owned vehicles. In fact, cities all over the country are now using GPS trackers to not only improve operations but also to dramatically reduce unnecessary costs associated with misuse of vehicles.
Both the police and fire unions need to respect the decision made by city officials voted by the public. Clearly, the use of GPS trackers to monitor city vehicles is a measure designed to slash operating costs while improving efficiency. These type of management plans are used every single day in the private sector as businesses try to maximize fleet and employee efficiency. However, if those employees whined and complained they would likely be fired. Instead, Columbus police and fire unions want to hold the city hostage and make their own rules. It's simply a disgusting move, especially in tough economic times when reducing costs should be top priority.
Select city automobiles in Columbus, including fire department vehicles and police cruisers, have had GPS trackers installed upon them for more than a few years. However, the new GPS tracking devices proposed to be used on all Columbus fire and police automobiles will offer even more sophisticated hardware and monitoring that will record driver speeds, aggressive driving behaviors, vehicle idling, route selection and more all in real-time! Although the unions are stating they want to negotiate punishments for possible violations related to data acquired from GPS trackers, the grievances were filed on the heels of city officials investigating numerous firefighters documented using city vehicles in non-emergency situations at rates of speed over 100mph.
Currently, fire union contracts with the city of Columbus won't expire until the start of the 4th quarter in 2014. Police contracts will follow expiration two months later.
Columbus plans on installing GPS trackers on roughly 2,000 city vehicles, which is a little less than 50% of city vehicles. As the fleet tracking plan is evaluated and more funds become available it is only a matter of time before all city motor vehicles are equipped with tracking devices.