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FLEET SOFTWARE MONTH: From Paper Maps to Predictive Maintenance – How fleet software has evolved…

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For decades, fleet managers relied on clipboards, spreadsheets, and a healthy dose of guesswork to keep their vehicles humming. But the times they are a-changin’. Fleet management software (FMS) has emerged as a game-changer, transforming the way businesses manage their mobile assets and optimise operational efficiency. Here’s how…

The Efficiency Revolution:

FMS offers a centralised platform for managing everything from vehicle location and fuel consumption to driver behaviour and maintenance schedules. This translates to several key benefits:

  • Optimised Routing and Scheduling: Gone are the days of inefficient routes and wasted miles. FMS helps plan fuel-efficient journeys, factoring in traffic conditions and real-time updates. This minimises journey times and driver fatigue.
  • Reduced Fuel Costs: FMS provides detailed fuel usage reports, helping identify areas for improvement. Features like fuel card integration and idle time monitoring can lead to significant cost savings.
  • Improved Maintenance Management: FMS helps manage preventive maintenance schedules, ensuring vehicles are serviced on time, preventing costly breakdowns, and extending vehicle lifespan.
  • Enhanced Driver Behaviour: Telematics data from FMS can reveal harsh braking, speeding, and other risky driving behaviours. This allows for targeted driver coaching, promoting a safer and more fuel-efficient driving style.
  • Real-Time Visibility: FMS offers real-time tracking of vehicles, allowing managers to monitor their location, speed, and overall performance. This improves communication with drivers and provides valuable insights for route optimisation.

The Future of Fleet Management in the UK:

The FMS landscape in the UK is constantly evolving, with exciting trends shaping the future:

  • Connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT): The rise of connected vehicles and IoT sensors will provide even richer data streams for FMS, enabling predictive maintenance and real-time fault detection.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML): AI and ML will be used to analyse FMS data, identify patterns, and predict potential issues. This allows for proactive maintenance and preventative actions, minimising downtime and optimising resource allocation.
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Integration: As electric vehicles become more prevalent, FMS will need to adapt to manage charging schedules, optimise battery range, and integrate seamlessly with charging infrastructure.
  • Focus on Sustainability: FMS will play a crucial role in promoting sustainable practices in fleet management. By optimising routes and monitoring fuel consumption, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint.

The Final Gear:

Fleet management software has transformed the way UK businesses operate their fleets. By leveraging data, automation, and advanced analytics, FMS empowers managers to make informed decisions, optimise resource allocation, and achieve greater operational efficiency. As technology continues to evolve, we can expect even more innovative solutions that will further revolutionise the future of fleet management. Remember, in today’s competitive landscape, efficiency is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. FMS is a powerful tool that helps businesses stay ahead of the curve and ensure their fleets operate at peak performance.

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Lightfoot driver technology helps Tesco Grocery Home Shopping slash vehicle emissions across UK and ROI

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By Lightfoot

The Tesco Home Delivery Fleet had it all – nearly 50 driver trainers, advanced telematics and in-cab cameras. After a trial they chose Lightfoot and the results have blown them away.

Creating a culture of rewarding better driving has worked for Tesco, could it work for you?

Read on here…

Lucion rolls out innovative Lightfoot technology

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Gateshead-headquartered Lucion Services, an international leader in environmental risk management services, has announced the roll-out of Lightfoot’s in-vehicle driver efficiency technology and rewards platform to its fleet of 197 vans.

The decision follows successful trials which led to uplifts in mpg by more than 10%, reductions in CO2 emissions by 5.6%, falls in idling time by 29% and the eradication of instances of dangerous driving.

Nearly a thousand tonnes of CO2 will be stopped from entering the earth’s atmosphere over a five-year period, this is equivalent to the carbon captured by over a thousand acres of forest a year.

To read the full story, click here.

Lightfoot: Delivering robust returns for some of the UK’s largest and most complex fleets

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Many of the companies who turn to Lightfoot have had telematics systems for years which have always provided a wealth of data to managers, who are then in turn relied on to communicate this information back to drivers.

Companies have realised that this approach is fundamentally broken and the wrong way around. Instead, they look to Lightfoot’s bottom-up approach to engage and rewards drivers, empowering those in the driving seat to drive change.

To demonstrate this bottom-up approach, during the months of September and October 2020, Lightfoot are offering a free 6-week trial to any UK-based fleet over 100 vehicles (subject to terms & conditions).

The Lightfoot trial is unique in the industry and provides a clear comparison of fleet performance before and after Lightfoot deployment – this leads to a robust ROI case study for fleet owners to evaluate at the end of the 6-week trial.

Should you like to know more, please complete the demo request form here.

Fleet management software usage ‘back to pre-COVID levels’

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Use of fleet management software is now back to pre-coronavirus crisis, with businesses having often used the lockdown period to rethink their whole approach to transport.
 
That’s according to FleetCheck, which sats the majority of users who were active before mid-March had now returned, and that the volume of work being processed was at levels that could be described as normal.

In addition, more than 100 new companies had start using the system since lockdown began.
 
FleetCheck Managing Director Peter Golding said: “We’re a little hesitant about calling this a ‘return to normal’ because the truth is that what is ‘normal’ has very much changed – but we can clearly see that our customer base appears to be back to work and at levels of activity comparable to six months ago.
 
“What is interesting is how many customers have used the time created by the coronavirus crisis to take a good look at their transport activities. While clearly no-one would’ve wished for these circumstances to develop, they did create a perhaps unprecedented space in which to think deeply about the fundamentals of moving people and goods around.”
 
Golding said that much of this activity seemed to have been based around the digitisation of operations, using technology to make new levels of efficiency possible.
 
“Really, the kind of thinking that has taken place falls into two areas. The first was strategic, tackling fundamental questions about the kinds of vehicles needed in the new normal – how many will be required, who will drive them, how they will be funded, and so on. These are issues that are deeply rooted in operational considerations.
 
“The second is where we have been more closely involved. As with most software solutions, there are always additional features available from which users can benefit but which they weren’t utilising pre-coronavirus. What we have seen is a drive to realise the further efficiencies that are available by simply adopting more of our technology to deliver present and future gains. We’re confident that our customer base will come out of the last few months with their fleets configured to deliver a noticeably greater degree of efficiency.”
 
Golding added that growth in FleetCheck’s customer base meant usage of its fleetmanagement systems were now around 20% higher than at the same time last year with the FleetCheck Driver app proving especially popular, exceeding one million checks a month.
 
“To us, this proves that systems of the kind we provide have become thought of by fleets in a similar vein to how accountants think of Sage or sales teams think of Salesforce. Fleet management software is now absolutely central to the operation of companies running vehicles and, even when things are tough, their value is very much recognised.”

Free route optimisation tool from Trakm8 during crisis

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Trakm8, the UK’s recognised leader in the field of telematics, is making its Insight Optimisation platform free for as long as the Government lockdown persists, to support fleets of all sizes during the COVID-19 crisis. Trakm8’s solution is a British designed and built SaaS product, developed to support British business and is aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SME).

The global pandemic has resulted in demand spikes throughout a number of supply chains, from personal protective equipment to grocery items; once commonplace but now scarce. 

In such an environment and with demand at record levels, maintaining and improving the efficiency of operations through AI based route planning becomes paramount.  The task is increasingly complex as deliveries have to respond to obscure and localised spikes in demand that are hard to predict. Furthermore, as economies across the globe artificially slow down to halt the spread of COVID-19, Trakm8 wants to support transport providers through this challenging period by providing free access to its latest optimisation tool.  This will ensure that business are best placed to bounce back when the market restrictions are lifted. 

Insight Optimisation is Trakm8’s intuitive route planning solution which uses big data to handle even the most complex fleet requirements. It’s proven to cut fuel expenditure by up to 20% and increase productivity by up to 33%. Maximising the concept of useable data, rather than planning a simple A to B route, Insight Optimisation takes into account the size and capabilities of your fleet and applies them efficiently to the task at hand, whether that’s five or five thousand deliveries a day. 

The free period of Trakm8’s incredibly simple to use tool can be redeemed at any point during the government lockdown, with no contractual obligations thereafter. Insight Optimisation works with almost every available computer system – all you need to get started with its web-based portal is an up-to-date internet browser. The only file a fleet manager will need to upload is a csv, which you’re able to open in any text editor or spreadsheet tool. 

Commenting on the offer, Peter Mansfield, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Trakm8, said: “At critical moments like these, it’s paramount that supply chains keep moving and goods get where they need to be. Supply chains and the logistics professionals are just as integral as our treasured NHS staff in keeping our country moving, and they need extra support. 

“By making our market-leading route planning product free to anyone who needs it, we hope to provide some extra support to those on the front line.  We are proud to be a British business supporting our country in these difficult times” 

To learn more about Insight Optimisation, please visit https://buy.trakm8.com/insight/optimisation/. For the full terms and conditions, please visit:  https://buy.trakm8.com/insight/optimisation/free-trial-terms-and-conditions/