As a fleet manager, it’s imperative to be up to speed on the status and efficiency of your fleet’s performance. However, it can take hours to compile fleet data manually just to find out that it has changed or has not been accurately reported. Today’s cloud-based fleet management systems give building service contractors (BSCs) and other cleaning providers a valuable and profitable tool for getting the most out of their fleet.   

We can look no further than the trucking industry for examples of what Internet of Things (IOT)-based systems have done to generate a strong return on investment (ROI). For example, Eggleton Trucking in California is experiencing an increase in productivity since deploying IoT routing technology. The company has gone from delivering three to four loads per week which yields an incremental $1,600 in revenue – a 27 to one ROI for its telematics system.

There are many ways that a cloud-based fleet management system can have a positive impact on the bottom line, but three areas stand out in the cleaning industry:

Ensuring full utilization of current scrubber driers and putting off the purchase of new machines.   

If you have excess capacity in your current fleet, simply re-allocating these assets can save thousands of dollars in cleaning costs. If you are able to put off purchasing new equipment by re-allocating equipment, the savings can grow. In comparing the actual run times of the machine along with the cleanable space versus theoretical machine performance, a fleet manager can quickly identify areas where machines are being underutilized. Add in battery data, and the manager can see areas that might be overtaxed by machines that are too small or need updates. This data allows for quick re-allocation of machines between buildings or sites to better utilize the total usage.

Preventative maintenance of a fleet to avoid the high labor and service costs of unexpected breakdowns. 

Having a machine unexpectedly break down is like a double edged sword on profits. The cost of repair includes not only the cost of parts but the service as well. Repairs are high in cost when they must be expedited in order to get the machine functional again as quickly as possible. Over the three- to five-year life of a machine, these costs can add up. As fleets age, these costs can be even higher. Often overlooked is the additional labor needed to clean while a machine is down. If the only option is mop and bucket, the time required to complete the task can easily double, not to mention the possibility of overtime. A simple preventative maintenance report can give the manager the key information he or she needs to proactively service the fleet, reducing these costly breakdowns.

Understanding the true costs when bidding for new business.                                                                                         

The cumulative outcome of the two points above should not be underestimated. With today’s increased pressures on profits, it is imperative that managers properly bid for new business. Overestimating costs can lead to lost sales, while underestimating costs can have the same impact on profits. With instant access to actual labor costs across fleets and/or sites, a manager is not only smarter when estimating new bids from a labor perspective, but he or she also has a fleet-wide overview of available assets that can be better utilized. 

At Sealed Air, we believe that our Internet of Clean platform, which includes innovations such as TASKI IntelliTrail, a fleet management system, will disrupt the building care industry and bring game changing efficiency opportunities. Witness the power of data with our free trial of IntelliTrail.