COVID-19 is affecting fleets across the globe. trackNOW discusses four important location-based tools helping fleet managers in cross-border transportation.

The impact of COVID-19 on the logistics industry is dramatic. While some fleet managers struggle to maintain efficiency in the midst of closed borders, others in industries such as the healthcare industry and food delivery are swamped with demand.

As per the report of the Fortune Business Insights,“…During the lock-down period the growth of the market is steady, and post lock-down it is likely to increase rapidly.” Their estimation sees a revenue high point of US$50 billion by 2027 and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.8%.

Why are fleet telematics so essential? Because they can help the fleet managers to keep their drivers and vehicles safe and highly productive on the move.

Communication tools

Because of corona virus border closures and work from home orders, drivers who are operating on the roads with historically heavy traffic are often finding themselves alone. Integrating a data set into a fleet telematics system means that drivers can maintain a strong signal en-route and stay in communication with their managers.

With Fleet telematics, managers can determine the best mobile network operator for their specific location and routes. They can also use the data set, when combined and integrated with an application, to help plan trips along the strongest signal corridors, which ensures no drop in connectivity or loss of use in applications.

Helping drivers stay connected, safe, informed and in communication is just one way to increase employee satisfaction and retention rates.

Data-driven insights

The data which is being collected with the help of automated tools is important in helping fleet owners assess the impact of corona virus and revise their economic forecasts. Managers who take advantage of the fleet management includes customizable geo-fencing, isoline routing, toll cost analysis and more, can more accurately predict and reduce travel, labor and fuel costs, unload/load time, road tolls and more.

trackNOW also offers access to real-time data such as split lane traffic information and a weather report, which helps the drivers and managers to make informed planning decisions based on the present and historical facts.

Tracking

Keeping an eye on deliveries, pick-ups and what happens in between is essential to upholding schedules and keeping customers happy. trackNOW offers increased visibility and traceability of your devices and effects with the help of customizable geo-fences and ETA notifications. End-to-end tracking enabled by real-time and historic location data lets fleet managers spot conflicts like road closures early on, take measures action and resolve issues before they consume time and money.

At the time when fleet managers gain access to real-time data, they gain knowledge of the global logistics network: road regulations, warehouse, weather, ports, speed limits, and traffic. In the era of corona virus, where uncertainty rules and clarity lacks, automated fleet tools can enable logistics managers to make routing, inventory and scheduling decisions based on experience and accuracy.

Cost monitoring

At the time when it comes to operating a fleet, keeping the vehicles moving is only one part of achieving maximum up-time. The other is maintaining and creating efficiency on the go. GPS services like the trackNOW solution allow the fleet managers to record mileage and plan routes by the minute using truck details such as weight and height clearance, which results in savings in fuel, labor and late fees.

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