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The global component shortage: what caused it and its effects on the telematics sector

The world is plagued by a global chip shortage, as demand for these small, high-tech components greatly outnumbers supply capacity. It’s a scarcity wreaking havoc on global manufacturing, with ramifications as far-flung as the automobile, smartphone and telematics industries.

This chip crunch has affected organisations operating a fleet of vehicles while decimating the ever-bustling automotive sector. As a result, automotive manufacturers are navigating uncertain waters, compounded by increased demand, as they shut down their production lines while dealer inventories are stretched.

So, how did this component shortage occur? What measures are in place to alleviate this crisis, and what is its impact on the telematics sector? All these questions we will answer in this blog post.

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Fleet Manager Reports: Daily Trip Report

Fleet Manager Reports: Daily Trip Report

There are many benefits to tracking your fleet drivers’ daily trips. Whether you’re in the business of delivering products or services, all industries can use that tracking to:

  • Reduce fuel costs by minimizing drive time.
  • Speed up delivery times.
  • Increase customer satisfaction.
  • Improve driver happiness as they get more done in less time without added stress.
  • Avoid traffic and roads that are under construction that slow drivers down.

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MyMiX Tracking: An interview with Catherine Lewis, MiX Telematics VP of Technology

How fleets can use app-based tracking

MiX Telematics has released a mobile fleet management solution called MyMiX Tracking. This app is for use by fleets that want to track vehicles that are not necessarily part of their permanent fleet. These types of vehicles include sub-contracted vehicles to meet seasonal demand, rental or leased vehicles and, private and company cars.

We had a chat with Catherine Lewis, MiX Telematics VP of Technology, to discuss app-based tracking and how MyMiX Tracking works.

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How fleets can use app-based tracking

How fleets can use app-based tracking

App-based tracking is an easy and cost-effective way to manage vehicles that are not a part of your core fleet like rented or leased vehicles, sub-contracted vehicles and so forth. It is especially great for instances where installing hardware is not feasible due to time constraints or permission. But how is app-based tracking being used in the real world?

Small-to-medium businesses

Not every business has a fleet of 50 vehicles and more. For example, a small landscaping business that only operates in a certain suburb may need only one or two vehicles to get all the jobs done. In such instances, it doesn’t always make sense to install hardware but it does make sense to use an app to track these vehicles. 

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App-based tracking – what is it and how can it benefit your fleet?

App-based tracking – what is it and how can it benefit your fleet?

Fleets are not one-size-fits-all. Every company has its unique needs and those needs inform the amount and type of vehicles that are required. This also translates to ownership. Some fleets may be exclusively full of owned vehicles while others might be a bit more dynamic. Dynamic fleets may include private cars owned by employees, rental or leased vehicles, subcontracted vehicles, company cars and so forth. These vehicles are not a part of the core fleet and may be there for a short period of time depending on, for example, temporary circumstances (like a rental that replaces a vehicle that’s in for maintenance) or seasonal demands.

For vehicles that are not a part of your core fleet, like a rental vehicle for a salesperson that’s traveling, installing fleet management hardware doesn’t always make sense. It may be because of the cost, the amount of time it would take to install the hardware or the fact that you might not have permission to do so. But, if you want to take fleet management seriously, you need to keep an eye on your drivers no matter which vehicles they’re driving or where they are so that you can continuously monitor driving performance. However, there’s an alternative to installing fleet management hardware and it’s called app-based tracking (like that which MyMiX Tracking app offers).

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Top 20 Metrics and More for Fleet Managers Driving Business Data

20 Metrics for Fleet ManagersA huge benefit of adopting Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) is how easy they make it for fleet managers to collect and analyze data that can help improve fleet operations. At first, the amount of data can seem overwhelming, but once you get used to it, you can see how to use that data to improve every area of your fleet's performance. Today, we will be talking about KPIs for fleet management.

What Are KPIs?

ELDs generally provide data from GPS tracking devices connected to the fleet vehicles' engines. These devices track metrics such as idling time, speed and speeding, fuel usage, location, driver behavior, and more. The data is transferred to the fleet management software, and fleet managers can access it through smartphones, tablets, or laptops. In some cases, this data is transmitted in real-time, helping you make quick decisions.

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How to Create a Dash Cam Policy

how to create a dash cam policyIf you are looking into adding dash cams to your fleet, having a company dash cam policy in place will go a long way in ensuring the roll-out goes smoothly. Not only does it communicate how your company will use the footage, but it also gives the use of dash cams legitimacy.

In addition, many governments and commercial fleets don’t have dash cam policies, even though they are employing the technology. This opens the door for drivers to make the case that since the policy isn’t included in the driver policies, their use is not allowed.

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11 Biggest Productivity Challenges Fleet Managers Face

fleet-productivityWhen it comes to successfully managing a fleet, efficient operation is at the heart of your job. However, many fleet managers find themselves buried in never-ending, time-consuming tasks that are inefficient, and worse, rarely improve their bottom line. While these tasks are necessary, when not handled efficiently, they can be costly long term.

And although these tasks are essential, handling them manually is the least efficient, most costly way to do them. That's where fleet management software and telematics comes in. The ability to automate certain tasks and track metrics for others makes managing the entire fleet more efficient.

Here are the top 11 productivity challenges fleet managers face and how fleet management telematics solutions can help them solve these fleet problems.

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Cost of Telematics

telematics costsNow that we are fully in the Information Age, we hear a lot about information overload. But when it comes to fleet management, there is no such thing as too much information. But how can fleet managers collect, store, and analyze all the information available and turn it into actionable insight? That’s where fleet management telematics comes in.

Telematics for fleet management gives you an easier way to compile information and use it to set key performance indicators (KPIs) and measure fleet performance against them. When you hear the words fleet management telematics, your first thought is probably how much does telematics cost, and is it worth it.

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4 Ways Utility Fleets Can Increase Customer Satisfaction

utility company customer services challenges

For utility companies, customer satisfaction has always been difficult. The reality is that sooner or later, outages will happen, usually at no fault of your company. The amount of unexpected outages caused by natural disasters, weather events, fallen trees, and road conditions are far greater than scheduled outages for repairs and maintenance.

Although utility companies have worked to improve their customer service in recent years, they still have some of the lowest customer service rates, even lower than airline companies and auto insurance companies. Common complaints include technicians showing up late for jobs, or not showing up at all, difficulty paying bills, and poor customer service overall.

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12 Ways Utility Fleets Can Overcome Industry Challenges

utility fleet challengesThere is a dramatic shift happening in the utilities industries that are causing many challenges for fleets and fleet managers. Utility fleets have unique efficiency and safety challenges that can be addressed by telematics. This shift means that utility fleet managers will have to meet utility industry challenges head-on, unless they want to face the future unprepared. Understanding the challenges facing the utility industry is key to its efficient evolution.

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Preparing Your Vehicle for Hot-weather Driving

As temperatures increase during summer months, the demand placed on motor vehicles (and their engines in particular) increases significantly with the risk of engine failure elevating. Engines rely on mechanical tolerances to produce power, oil to keep the contact surfaces separated, and coolant flowing through the engine to the radiator for cooling. Should any one of these critical elements fail, then engine failure is imminent.

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5 HVAC Fleet Management App Benefits

hvac-fleet-management-appOperating costs are generally in the top five spending areas of an HVAC fleet. And with insurance, fuel, tax, maintenance, and repair costs in the mix, it's easy to see why. That's why many HVAC companies are turning to fleet management and GPS tracking solutions. With the information collected and displayed by an HVAC fleet management app, fleet managers can make sure vehicles and technicians behave in a fuel-efficient way that also don't cause excess wear and tear.

An app is just one piece of an HVAC fleet management system. It's the way you access the data collected by fleet management hardware.

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5 Ways Telematics Reduces Fuel Costs

reduce fuel costs with telematicsOne of the most significant and measurable ways telematics can impact your fleet's bottom line is by reducing fuel costs for your fleet. Fuel is by far the biggest ongoing cost for fleets. Ensuring efficient fuel usage for your fleet can be a huge savings for your business.

Although you have no control over the price of fuel and the market can be volatile, there are some things you can control that will help reduce your spend on fuel. A MiX Telematics solution can provide an average fuel savings of 10%. Here are 5 ways telematics can help you reduce fleet fuel costs.

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Top 10 Fleet Telematics Features to Look For

telematics fleet featuresAs any fleet manager will tell you, fleet telematics for fleet management is increasingly becoming an indispensable tool for cost-efficient operations. From accurately tracking your fleet vehicles to driver behavior and maintenance alerts, fleet telematics systems offer a plethora of features that make the job not just easier but more efficient.

Fleet telematics offers GPS tracking features that give you insight into how well your fleet is optimized so that you can make better decisions about what to change or improve. Here are ten key features to look for in your fleet telematics system.

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How to Start a Landscaping Business

how to start a landscaping businessIf the thought of greenery and working outdoors seems like heaven to you, you’ve may have considered starting a landscaping business. Lawns don’t seem to be any less common, and there will always be people who want you to care for theirs. According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) 2018 numbers, the landscape industry employs over 1 million people, representing 513,305 businesses, and has annual revenues of approximately $93 billion. Those are not small potatoes for a sector that is expected to continue to grow.

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Choosing the Best Fleet Management Software

Choose the best fleet managementOne of the best tools a fleet manager has to help them manage, monitor, and improve their fleet operations is fleet management software.

Whether you’re responsible for a couple of company cars or a huge fleet of semi-trucks, there is no more efficient and easier way to manage a fleet than using one of the best fleet management software solutions on the market.

In this article, we’re looking at why you - as a fleet manager - should be using fleet management software. More specifically, how it can help you improve your fleet operations, the benefits to look for in software, and more.

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11 Tips for Improving Truck Fleet Management

truck-fleet-managementNo matter how big or small your fleet, truck fleet management can be complicated and stressful. From hiring and training, to fleet vehicle maintenance and fuel costs, fleet managers have a lot on their plates. Advances in technology, such as telematics GPS trackers, have made truck fleet management easier. These innovative technologies can help improve every aspect of fleet operations and make management more efficient.

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What Is GPS Tracking and How Does It Work

how does gps tracking workGPS technology has become almost ubiquitous in modern life. Most of us use it every day without a second thought. But do you really understand it? And do you know how to get the most of GPS tracking to improve your fleet's operational efficiency?

Fleet managers use GPS every day to keep track of their fleets and other assets. They can get information that helps them solve issues such as compliance, efficiency, and safety. But how does this happen? What is GPS tracking and how does it work?

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Overcoming Challenges Facing the HVAC Industry

Challenges facing the HVAC industryThe world will always need heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, so it's clear that the HVAC industry will always have its place. With rising temperatures and unpredictable climate conditions, the HVAC industry is increasingly becoming more of a necessity. The U.S. market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 5% during 2020-2025. The industry is expected to see tremendous growth due to the growing number of connected home devices, increased construction, and other factors.

However, there are many challenges facing the HVAC industry. Technology has made heating and cooling units smaller, smarter, and more efficient. The industry may also be facing a shortage of skilled workers.

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