San Diego, CA – May 5, 2008 – Nothing is more troubling than finding out that you have been losing money for years and didn’t even know it. This is exactly what happened to Carlos Contreras at Sunshine Landscape in Palm Desert , CA . Carlos’ team of 15 employees have been using paper timesheets for years to document their work hours for payroll reporting. In his words, these paper timesheets were based on an “honor system”. The employees would document their work hours and would turn the timesheets in at the end of the week. He always suspected that some things didn’t quite add up with the hours they documented and what actually took place in the field. Carlos then decided that GPS tracking would help him address these concerns and give him more control over what took place in the field. After researching 5 different GPS fleet tracking systems, he selected FieldLogix due to its user-friendly interface, affordable hardware, and extensive e-mail alert features.
Upon installing FieldLogix, Carlos’ suspicions were immediately confirmed. By using the system’s activity reports, he found that his “honor system” was being abused by his employees. By having an accurate way to measure daily work hours, his overtime costs dropped immediately. In fact, his overtime costs dropped by more than 2 hours per man per day with no change in the workload. Based on his calculations, he paid for the entire first year of the system within the first 18 days. Carlos stated: “It dropped my labor costs by 35-45 percent.” Carlos mentioned that he wished that he bought a GPS system years ago, but put it off because it wasn’t a high priority at the time. Carlos is not alone in his discovery. A study by the Aberdeen Group reports that companies that have implemented a GPS tracking system see a 13.4 percent average reduction in overtime costs.
FieldLogix is an advanced, yet affordable GPS fleet management product that provides real-time location updates for vehicles and construction equipment. It automatically monitors activities such as excessive engine idling, speeding, and personal use of company vehicles. It has been described as “GPS on auto-pilot”, because users can create operating policies in the system and they receive e-mail alerts when operators do not comply with these policies. This includes alerts for afterhours use, excessive speeding, and deviations from a specified operating schedule. In addition, it provides real-time location updates for vehicles and equipment and sends maintenance reminder alerts when they are due for service.
Now is a better time than ever to implement a GPS fleet management system. It helps companies cut waste and run a “tighter ship” when operating costs are high. The improvements in operations will benefit companies even more significantly when the economic environment returns to normal.
About Field Technologies: Field Technologies provides GPS vehicle
and equipment tracking systems to companies throughout the United
States. The systems operate with technology developed by industry
leaders such as Microsoft, Motorola, T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless,
and Cingular. Due to its industry-leading sales consultation and
customer support, Field Technologies has grown significantly and
now has GPS tracking devices installed in hundreds of assets nationwide.
For more information regarding our products or company, contact
Field Technologies at 888-803-0200 or visit our website at www.fieldtechnologies.com.