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Courier and haulage specialist Sprintshift introduces vehicle tracking by Navman Wireless

Courier and haulage specialist Sprintshift has dramatically reduced overtime and increased backloads after introducing vehicle tracking to its vehicle fleet, the company has revealed.

Before employing the use of the technology, Sprintshift, which boasts a fleet of more than 25 vehicles, relied completely on a timesheet-based administration system for processing overtime and driver hours.

"Vehicle tracking from Navman Wireless has enabled us to reduce timesheet errors and false entries, time wastage between routes and increase fleet optimisation," said Justin Hayes, Sprintshift Transport Manager.

"Our drivers finish their working days at different times and some will often not return to the office until 6.30pm, when all office-based staff have gone.

"Consequently, they can claim to have finished at 7.30pm and gain an extra hour. Now I can check these times against vehicles movements.

"We can also monitor their vehicles’ movements for the entire working day and can see if they have parked up for longer than they should. If drivers haven’t got valid reasons for stopping for protracted periods of time, we then cut costs by deducting this from their wages."

In addition, Sprintshift has witnessed a dramatic drop in time wasted by using Navman Wireless’s tracking software, OnlineAVL2, to ensure its drivers take the routes the company suggests. If a driver takes an excessively long route, the office will contact him and re-adjust it as necessary.

Moreover, it is now easier for the company to establish backloads – when customers get discounted deliveries by utilising a distribution firm’s return journey to its operations base and the firm makes money on what would otherwise be an empty journey.

"A customer may phone us from, say, London asking for transport to go back up to Manchester. We are then able to look at the tracking software, type in the address and find the closest van to the customer," Justin added.

"Navman Wireless has helped us strengthen our position in the market and helped us ready the company for future growth."

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