This is what Steve Anderson, fleet manager for Sentry Insurance had to say when asked about the ways in which fleet management is changing; “In the future, making decisions based on data will be critical. As younger drivers enter fleet, finding ways to appeal to this group through the use of mobile apps and other technology is also important. When you look at the changes made in technology over the past 10 years, it’s pretty incredible.” (Via AutomotiveFleet) Similar sentiments were expressed by Sheri Bonsall, John Dmochowsky, Anthony Foster, and Erin Gilchrist all notable figures in the fleet management industry. Between selecting vehicles, record keeping, maintenance, driver management education and training, and managing profits and losses, the demand for competent fleet managers is increasing, and so is the extent of the operational tasks.
The truth of the matter is that technology never stops and neither will the subsequent transformations of today’s industries. The modern conceptualization of fleet managers began to gain traction in the second half of the 20th century specifically in the 70’s and 80’s when businesses began expanding beyond their immediate surroundings. This was largely due to the rapidly growing global economy with the exception of the economic crash of 87. Increases in cross border trade deals, and advances in technologies made mass production possible, this amplified by an overall increase in consumerism also played a role. Survey data gathered from fleet managers in the US suggested that the amount of time spent between finances, operations, recruitment and other related activities usually exceeds an eight hour work day.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced regulations requiring (with very few exceptions), that carriers and drivers who are using on paper logging and other hard copy logging methods must transition to Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). These are set to take precedence beginning on December 17th, 2017. This also applies to carriers and drivers who use AOBRDS. These regulations will no doubt affect a large portion of fleet businesses and public works operations. The push is being made to promote better driver safety regulations and essentially move away from the archaic method of logging, into a greener more streamlined electronic method.
So why MarshallGIS? Because we can grow with you as your business grows. We are expert at integrating LiGO® with business systems and mapping systems that you use every day. We understand that these types of transitions seem like daunting tasks, especially for managers who have been in the business for a number of years and have become accustomed to a certain way of running operations. We accommodate a variety of work management business systems integrations. Our developers, trainers and support team are all in one company with a 23 year track record of success! Our software is designed to create user-friendly access to the large sums of data and logging information. The integration of smart devices with our software means that as an overseer of operations, you will always be up to date with the status of each individual, asset, and job under your watch!