The Data-Driven Approach: Stop Trusting Your Gut And Start Using A Route Planner

Stop Trusting Your Gut And Start Using A Route Planner
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Going by your gut isn’t good enough. In business, you need to really know what you’re doing if you want to succeed.

For example, field service companies regularly send their employees to the locations of their customers. Those field employees need to be given routes that show them how to travel from customer to customer.

A field service manager could just look at a map and come up with the routes on their own. It might take a while, but anyone can figure out some way to get from Point A to Point B.

Route planning is complicated, though. There are many factors involved, including traffic, weather, construction, customer availability, and much more. It’s so confusing that you won’t be able to design the most efficient routes manually. That means you’ll end up using more time and fuel than necessary to complete your routes. And there’s a good chance that the routes you create by hand will be inaccurate, which will delay your field employees and upset your customers.

That’s why you need a route planner. Route planners use optimization engines that analyze millions of possible scenarios in order to find the best possible route. Also, it only takes 30 seconds for a route planner to generate an optimized route for you. All you need to do is plug in the addresses you want to visit, set the constraints (number of drivers, acceptable time window for each customer, etc.), and then you’re good to go.

Track Your Team In Real-Time

Of course, optimized routes won’t do you any good if your field employees don’t actually follow the routes you give them.

Are your field employees sticking to their routes and staying on schedule, or are they slacking off on company time? What does your gut tell you?

Who cares what your gut says. It doesn’t know the answer. And with GPS tracking, you can just see for yourself.

GPS tracking shows you the real-time location and speed of each of your field employees. You can make sure that everyone is doing exactly what you want them to do.

Route4Me’s route planner even has a speed alert feature, which will automatically notify you whenever someone on your team breaks the speed limit. That will help you avoid tickets and keep your field employees safe.

Route4Me also has a portal that allows you to share tracking data with your customers. This will reduce the volume of calls that your support team has to handle, since customers can just check on the status of your field employees themselves.

Automate The Check-In And Check-Out Process

Another benefit to GPS tracking is that it makes geofencing possible.

Geofencing involves placing virtual perimeters around real-world locations, such as the addresses of your customers. Geofences automatically log every time your field employees enter and exit them, so they will no longer need to waste any time manually recording their check-in and check-out times for each visit.

You can also set it up so that certain actions are performed whenever your field employee crosses through a geofence. For example, you can use geofences to automatically send your customers a message when your field employee is about to arrive. They’ll appreciate the notice!

Check out this article to learn more about geofencing.

Want To See For Yourself How Route4Me Can Boost Your Profits?

Whether you want to slash the time it takes you to plan routes for your drivers, increase the number of stops they can make, or keep your customers satisfied knowing that your drivers show up on time… Route4Me helps you achieve that!

Improve Your Training Program

GPS tracking enables Route4Me’s driver training course, Safety4Me, as well.

No two field employees are exactly alike. They have different strengths and weaknesses. So why would you use the same approach to training for both of them?

Safety4Me tracks each field employee’s driving behavior, and then it assigns them training modules based on the mistakes they make on the road (for example, if a field employee has a habit of speeding, they’ll be assigned a lesson on how to control their speed). Everyone learns exactly what they need to know.

Reporting and Analytics

The information collected with GPS tracking will also help you understand your business better. Route4Me’s route planner has a Reporting and Analytics dashboard that shows you the following stats:

  • Distance (Planned vs. Actual)
  • Stops (Planned vs. Visited)
  • Time (Planned vs. Actual)
  • Routes per Day
  • Average Time On Site vs. Allocated Service Time
  • Stops per Day (Planned vs. Visited)
  • Notes per Day

With this data, you’ll be able to make more informed decisions.

Mock Routes

It’s tempting to trust your gut when there’s money on the line. When you have a chance to sign a new customer, it probably feels right to move forward and get their money in your pocket as soon as possible.

But there are a lot of expenses involved in field service. If you’re not careful, new business can cost you more than it’s worth.

Route4Me’s mock routes feature is the solution to this problem. You can enter a set of addresses to see exactly how much a hypothetical route would cost you in fuel and wages. That way, you won’t bite off more than you can chew.

Dynamic Stop Insertion

When you do sign a new customer, you might just guess where you should put the stop in the order of an existing route.

Route4Me’s Dynamic Stop Insertion feature can do better than that. It crunches the numbers for you and shows you the best place for a new stop to go, so you can keep your expenses to a minimum and increase your profit margin.

Check out this article to learn more about dynamic stop insertion.

Finally, answering these three questions correctly will confirm that you understand why you should use a route planner instead of trusting your gut:

  1. How can a GPS tracker improve your business?
  2. What is geofencing?
  3. How does Safety4Me help you train your team?

Want To See For Yourself How Route4Me Can Boost Your Profits?

Whether you want to slash the time it takes you to plan routes for your drivers, increase the number of stops they can make, or keep your customers satisfied knowing that your drivers show up on time… Route4Me helps you achieve that!

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