How to Automate Business Operations with GPS


One of the advantages of automating your business operations with a GPS system is that it leads to increased productivity. According to research from the Aberdeen Group, when fleet companies implement GPS tracking systems for equipment, they often realize:

  • A 25.4% increase in revenue
  • 13.2% reduction in fuel costs
  • Savings on labor costs. A recent Motorola study concluded that organizations save an average of $5,484 per employee per year by leveraging GPS technology.

That said, GPS technology is quite indispensable, especially if you’re in the logistics and transportation industry.

But how do you automate your business operations with GPS?

Whether you’re in the manufacturing sector, healthcare, or even rare industries like fishing, there is a section of your business that can be automated with GPS. In this article, we’ll explore the various ways you can automate your business with GPS technology.

1. Track Employee Performance with GPS-Based Apps

Businesses can increase the productivity and efficiency of all employees by monitoring them and holding them accountable.

While there are many ways to monitor employee behavior, GPS tracking is the most advanced option. With GPS tracking, managers can determine where an employee is, how long they stayed at a specific place, and how frequently they moved out. Most especially if you’re running a freight, cargo, or courier business, you can minimize the travelling salesman problem.

For example, if you have employees in the field and need accurate hourly data for billing purposes, GPS can come in handy. With GPS tracking, you’ll be able to see exactly how long an employee was working with a client and bill them accordingly. And if you have a time clock apps with GPS, you can enable geo-fencing for even more accuracy.

Actively tracking your employees during work hours can lead to a more productive workforce. However, it can also raise privacy concerns.

2. Track Your Assets with GPS & IoT Devices

For logistics businesses, tracking delivery vehicles is as important as tracking the assets they are carrying. GPS trackers provide real-time tracking data on the whereabouts of your assets.

With the help of GPS, IoT devices, and sensors installed on mobile assets, logistics companies can monitor their vehicles and assets in real-time. In the event of theft, these devices can also help reduce vandalism and damages since you or the police will recover your assets quickly before major damage is done.

Advanced GPS tracking devices, like Samsara trackers, offer more than just asset tracking. Using Samsara’s technology, these devices can help you get the most out of your time with preventative maintenance. Samsara trackers will send you timely maintenance alerts, over-the-air vehicle diagnostics, and prompt fault code alerts.

3. Avoid Hours of Service Violations with an All-in-One-GPS Tracker

The US Department of transportation FMCSA requires some businesses to electronically track Hours of Service (HOS). Rather than scouring the internet for a time tracking app, why not implement a GPS solution that tracks Hours of Service.

With an ELD solution like Samsara’s real-time Hours of Service tracking, you’ll be able to know how many hours your drivers have been on the road, the number of hours remaining in their driving period, and the time until their next break.

Combined with real-time GPS data, dispatch managers can use HOS data to make decisions that will increase the drivers’ productivity. Plus, you’ll also ensure compliance with the ELD mandate.

4. Make Informed Decisions with Data-Driven Insights

A good GPS tracker should provide you with data and periodic reports that your business needs. GPS data and reports can help you make informed business decisions.

For instance, fuel usage reports can help you make decisions that will ensure maximum utilization of the available resources.

If trucks in a fleet are consuming more on route A, the fleet manager will learn about it through data from the usage stats. Using this data, fleet managers can reroute all trucks to route A, which is more fuel-efficient.

Wrapping Up

GPS technology can help you to automate all the aspects of your business that requires monitoring. This technology has been proven to increase productivity and profitability, all while streamlining business operations.

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of The World Financial Review.