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Which Industries Use Fleet Tracking?

At InTouch GPS we believe that ANY size company in EVERY industry
that utilizes a vehicle for their business can benefit by reducing costs and increasing profits through GPS fleet tracking. We work with many industries across the nation and would be hard pressed to find a company vertical that we haven’t worked with before. However there are specific industries that we see more often than others. Here are three of those industries and a few examples of how we help them specifically.

Plumbing and HVAC Industry

Plumbing and HVAC crews often get a customer route and plan of action each day. GPS Fleet Tracking can make sure that the most direct and efficient routes are being taken. For plumbing disasters, and other HVAC emergencies, time is often of the essence.With GPS Fleet Tracking A dispatcher can see which vehicle is closest and available and provide them directions to the waiting customer. While doing so, the dispatch can also set the expectations for the customer for the estimated time of arrival. You can also use historic and real-time reports to determine work force necessity and future man power planning more accurately.

Lawn Service Industry

There are many moving parts to a lawn service crew. This nebulous term can include crews who mow the lawn, Tree cutting and trimming service providers, landscapers, and others. Typically a team lead is responsible for his/her crew and have certain projects throughout the day. GPS Fleet Tracking can provide demonstrable proof that a crew was on time, how long they worked their for, and when they left. Real-time alerts can be set to notify if any of your fleet vehicles are speeding, or driving aggressively in residential and commercial areas

Construction Industry

There are many facets of a construction project. In all phases, timeliness, punctuality and attention to detail are vital. GPS Fleet Tracking can ensure that all vehicles and project members are on sight and working. GPS Fleet Tracking also enhances security by being a theft deterrent since construction projects often work around the clock, you can specifically manage time card reporting through tracking to ensure

These are just a few of the many ways that GPS fleet tracking can benefit the above companies and yours. InTouch GPS works with several thousand companies across the United States. Although we never require any contract of any sort, we are proud to say that we have over a 96 percent client retention rate year over year. We believe that great customer service, an easy to use affordable product that helps companies quickly benefit is the key to that figure. Discover what InTouch GPS can do for your company today by contacting us to answer any questions or experience a quick, no pressure demo of our system in action.

 

 

US Fleet Tracking

A US based Fleet Tracking Provider, InTouch GPS Office in Florida

US fleet tracking practices differs greatly from fleet tracking practices in other countries. The United States is a melting pot of cultures, customs and traditions. Some of the traditions or practices

we see in other countries seem strange to us, just as ours would seem strange to them. For example, In Greece when a child loses a tooth, it gets thrown on the roof for luck instead of here where the tooth gets tucked under the pillow where a fairy enters your home and trades it for money…okay maybe some of our traditions seems a little strange as well. While there are not a lot of traditions associated with fleet tracking, it is interesting to compare and contrast the practices in US fleet tracking and companies elsewhere around the world. Let’s look at three of those differences. 

 

US Fleet Tracking

Vehicles

In US fleets most service vehicles are four wheeled- primarily trucks and vans. In Europe and Asia over half of the registered business service vehicles are two wheeled- motorbikes fitted with large baskets or pull-along trailers carrying the goods.

Green Initiative

Since the mid-90’s “going green” has become more and more important in the US. Going green is not as important to developing countries, however in other 1st world locations such as the European union it is important. While cost reduction and increase of profits is usually the main reason US fleet tracking is utilized, a greener fleet is a nice secondary benefit.
Service

US Fleet tracking uses the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) network. This network incorporates a range of satellites that use microwave signals that are transmitted to GPS devices to give information on location, vehicle speed, time and direction. While GPS fleet tracking is relatively new, the core technology framework it is built upon has been a staple infrastructure in North America for quite some time and is reliable and used in all almost every corner of the United States and other parts of North America. (InTouch GPS has a few clients in Canada and some that operate back and forth between the American and Canadian border- while this is a small percentage we are proud to offer incredible service to these companies.) In other parts of the world, there is not an established infrastructure and to even consider having fleet tracking similar to the US fleet tracking set-up is an impossibility.
There are many other aspects contrasting US fleet tracking practices against those in other countries, however wanting to run a successful business can be considered a universal idea. To learn about how the US fleet tracking that InTouch GPS provides can specifically help your organization, contact us today.

David Walloch

Company Spotlight- David Walloch

Usually the blog posts InTouch GPS create are about the benefits of fleet tracking to the companies we serve, best practices in GPS fleet tracking, developments in technology or other fleet related news. Today, we are taking a small detour of the norm and writing about one of our employees, David Walloch.

Read below to learn more.

Biography

Born and raised in Central Florida, and have lived here most of my life.  I have been married to Lauren for over 38 years now.  We have 3 married daughters and 6 grandsons.  Our daughters and their families chose to stay in central Florida, so we get to be very involved with our grandsons, which we love.  I have been in some kind of a sales position for all of my adult life.  I started in Sales right out of College.  I called in various businesses in Central Florida for many years.  I went on to switch into  wholesale food sales.  I won different national sales contests while working in the food industry.  I realized early on that to sell a product or service to someone with any success , I first needed to establish a build a trust/bond  with them.  How would I ever get someone to buy from me, if they were not sure if I was honest and forthright.  For 15 years I was in mortgage banking where I seemed to excel.  To be successful as a mortgage broker, one had to earn there trust early on.  Something about meeting with people, having a cup of coffee with them, listening, determining the need and satisfying that need, seemed to make sense.  I stayed in Mortgage banking until 2008, when the market crashed.  I had to determine a way to re-invent myself.  I was approached by a small start up company that serviced GPS fleet tracking devices in 2011.  I came on board with Virtual Fleet Supervisor in January of 2012, and have not looked back.  The company merged in 2015 and is now called InTouch GPS.

What Is Your Role Within InTouch GPS?

My title is National Retail Sales Director–  I am responsible for the sales growth of the retail side of InTouch GPS.

Can You Tell Us About Your Sales Philosophy?

My sales philosophy is not a complicated one.
“Treat every call that either I make or that comes in as the most important call of the day”.  Whether I am speaking with a owner operator of a small start up company with 2 vehicles, or the CFO of a company that has over 250, I must show them the same respect and courtesy.  I also must ask the right questions, listen to their answers to determine their need.  Provide answers to those needs in a way that makes good sense for all involved.  I call it building a bridge of Trust.  If I do that with any lead that comes in, in most cases they feel heard and taken care of, and leave the call as a client.

Funny Story Related To The Company?

There is a story about a small mid-western hauling company that comes to mind.  I received a call from  the owner one day explaining to me what had just happened between him and a employee.  This owner had recently installed hard wired devices in his dump trucks.  He noticed that every night around 12:30 AM, one particular truck would start up, leave the home location and drive to another location, stay there until around 5:00 am, then it would start back up, drive back to the home location until 7:00 am when the driver would start his day.  This went on for 3 days until the owner finally confronted the driver.  The driver confessed that his wife was keeping a record of the miles driven on their car, so the only he could go see his girlfriend was use the dump trump.  I still from time to time try and imagine what the neighbors thought every night when they heard that loud dump truck coming down the street at 1:00 am.  This story still amuses and amazes me as well.
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Personal Note from Author-
 I have worked closely with David for years and I am honored to be able to write a post spotlighting him. He is an incredible human being who genuinely loves and cares about people and believes wholeheartedly in the importance of building relationships and taking care of client partners. He makes us all better at our own jobs at InTouch GPS and through his example, just better people overall.
If you are interested in learning more about our products and service contact us today.

GPS Vehicle Tracking For A Pool Cleaning Company

InTouchGPS Helps Pool Cleaning Companies

Across the country, people are enjoying relaxing after a long day, having fun with the kids or simply cooling off from the heat. According to the CDC 

That’s a lot of pools!! Over 40 percent of those are professionally cleaned or maintained by a pool cleaning service. There is huge market for pool cleaning.

How GPS Vehicle Tracking Can Help Your Swimming Pool Cleaning Company

When you mention vehicle tracking

When many people think of fleet tracking they think of fleet vehicles -a legion of small white trucks ready to go out and service customers. While this is accurate, we define a fleet as any assemblage of vehicles that a company uses. Often pool companies have vans and trucks-usually wrapped with their logos. Read about many of the benefits that we offer to our current pool cleaning companies and what we can offer to you.

Pool Cleaning companies have two main service offerings

1) Maintaining and Cleaning

2) Emergency Repair of any Pool

Regardless of which service the company is being utilized for the benefits of GPS fleet tracking run the gamut for them all.

Improving Efficiency 

GPS Vehicle Tracking allows you to gain valuable data on driver behavior. An authorized user can pull historic reports as well as see real time activity and gather business intelligence.

  • How long is a person at any respective job site?
  • Is their an average time among your drivers?
  • Are the going directly from jobsite to jobsite?
  • What is an acceptable time in which someone can do the job efficiently?
  • Are your drivers timecards an accurate representation of their work?

GPS fleet tracking gives you these answer and insights about so much more.

When a person knows that the boss has the ability to monitor their activities they are much more likely to be doing what they are supposed to be doing.

Speed Control 

As discussed many of the vehicles in pool companies are often branded. Ambassadors of your company as they drive through residential neighborhoods. Are they speeding?

Caustic chemicals and high speeds don’t mix…

You can use the system to see how fast people are going- of course safety is paramount, but the potential damage to your reputation of unsafe drivers is also a key factor in being able to tracking this (and many other) aspects of their driving. Not only can you easily pull a dashboard and see current and historic data, you can also choose to be sent real time alerts to immediately be able to correct the problem.

Idling Control

In climates with large pool communities it can often be blazing hot summers- are your drivers using vehicles for climate control? Are they keeping the vehicle on when they shouldn’t be. You can see how long a vehicle is idling to learn the answers to these questions and ultimately save money on fuel costs. We suggest having a driver policy meeting to set expectations about each of these events and what is authorized and what is not. Sometimes it may not seem like much- a few dollars saved here or there, but when you multiply it across the total

Customer Validation

Occasionally work is done when no one is home. If you receive a complaint that no one showed up or work wasn’t done you can verify or refute the accuracy of that statement through tracking. Many customers set up frequent recurring job sites as landmarks and send customers reports to show them the times they were there in advance. GPS Fleet Tracking allows you to verify exactly when the vehicle arrived at the site and when it left.

With these and many more benefits, pool cleaning companies have increased their bottom line and stay with us. If you would like to be the next pool company (or any service company) to start increasing ROI while reducing costs, contact us today for a quick no pressure 10 minute demo about what we can do for you.

Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips

It is hard to believe it is already the month of May. While some places like Orlando, Florida or San Diego, California have a never ending summer, for most of us, May is when we start making our summer plans. That includes vacations, what to do with the kids with school being out and if you are in the fleet business-how to prepare your fleet for the heat. Here is a valuable checklist of best practices that IntouchGPS recommends you follow to make sure that your fleet is ready for the summer.

I. Get Rid Of Winter’s Changes

In an earlier blog, we discussed best winterizing practices for your fleet. Now that Winter is over, the first step in getting ready for the new season is to revert back to your summer vehicle persona.

  • For places with harsh winters remove snow chains from your tires or swap out from snow tires to summer tires if applicable.
  • Conduct a thorough inspection of windshield wipers, (especially since with the heat often comes more rain.)
  • Complete a full interior and exterior cleaning, including under the vehicle where salt and snow may have lodged from the roads.

II. Summer-ize Your Fleet 

Now that your vehicle no longer has winter’s remnants, let’s perform some basic maintenance. Here are some tips from the National Institute For Automotive Excellence:

  • Air Conditioning

    A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner’s manual for location and replacement interval

  • Cooling System

    The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.

  • Oil

    Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.

  • Engine Performance

    Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drive-ability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.

  • Windshield Wipers

    A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.

  • Lights

    Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.

  • Tires

    Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they’re cold before driving for any distance. Don’t forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there’s uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.

  • Brakes

    Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.

  • Battery

    Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly.Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

Driver Policy Meeting

The last part of getting ready for the summer has to do with your fleet drivers. Make clear your expectations on what is allowed in regards to the heat and your driver. Are they allowed to use the vehicle for climate control and keep it on between jobs or while on break? IntouchGPS has made driver policy templates that may help you define and annotate your policies to the drivers. If interested in getting a FREE driver policy meeting template, simply call us and we would be more than happy to send you one.

Even without requiring a contract we have thousands of clients across the US who utilize our GPS fleet tracking products and services year over year. To discover the benefits of GPS fleet tracking that many others are taking advantage of, please contact us today to schedule a no pressure demo of our system.

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