Staying Competitive: GPS Tracking & Reporting Systems - Impac

Staying Competitive: GPS Tracking & Reporting Systems

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For managing a fleet of any size, transparency has become a critical component to achieve fleet success and remain competitive within the market while utilizing the most prestige technology.

With GPS tracking and reporting systems in place, fleet management has the ability to increase visibility into their drivers and fleets while promoting enhanced customer service and safe driver behavior.

Increase Visibility. As GPS systems offer the ability to see the live location of a fleet truck as well as various aspects of driver behavior, a fleet manager can track efficiency, plan routes, and maintain transparency with customers.

Encourage Safety. GPS tracking provides detailed insight into driver behavior, including customizable alerts and violations for harsh breaking, excessive idling, cornering, and acceleration. This insight allows fleet managers to grasp in-depth knowledge about their drivers and proactively managers behaviors through predictive analysis.

Optimize Analytics for Routes. Tracking and reporting systems can provide fleet managers with robust data on route challenges, traffic behavior, driver behaviors and overall route planning. Companies can use this data to plan optimized driving routes and determine where plans need improvement.

GPS systems not only allow a fleet company to best service its customers, but it gives them a competitive edge against its competitors that is extremely valuable in the long run.

Impac offers a cost-effective GPS tracking solution that helps manage critical mobile resources such as vehicles, movable assets and employees–ultimately increasing efficiencies and cutting costs.

Reliable, feature-rich and easy-to-use, the DYNAGIS-GPS tracking and reporting system from Impac offers real-time tracking for both in-vehicle hardware as well as handheld devices of all kinds. At Impac, we strive a complete system with an extensive selection of customizable reports.

To determine a GPS solution for your fleet, contact Impac today.

Why Impac’s Certifications & Affiliations Can Help Fleet Businesses-Impac

Why Impac’s Certifications & Affiliations Can Help Fleet Businesses

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While maintaining a professional image through a reliable fleet fuel card program within the fleet industry, Impac has notable partnerships with various affiliates and multiple vendor certifications to fulfill a variety of requirements and create solutions for fleet businesses. 

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Impac is partnered with the Choice Partners organization, The Ohio Contractors Association, the Region 3 Education Service Center, and ESC-Region 19 Purchasing. Consistently maintaining these partnerships, Impac strives to provide a more cost effective and efficient solution for fleets within the industry. 

Impac has currently earned recognizable certifications with The Small Business Enterprise Program (SBE), The Historically Underutilized Business Program (HUB), and The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with an emphasis on the Woman Owned Small Business Program (WOSB). 

While withholding these certificates from multiple minority vendors, Impac strives to fulfill a variety of requirements and desires for clients across the sector. 

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By partnering with a company, like Impac, who possesses such certificates, fleet companies can maximize growth opportunities, promote innovation, gain financial incentives, increase project opportunities, and portray a positive interest in working in diverse markets.  

To learn more about Impac’s certifications and affiliations and how they can aid your fleet business, contact our professionals today.

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Are Fleet Fuel Cards Worth It-Impac

Are Fleet Fuel Cards Worth It?

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Are fleet fuel cards worth it?

Within the fleet industry, each fleet company is unique in business efficiencies and operations. However, many are alike in the fact that the significant question at-hand is pondered at least a few times throughout the duration of business practices.  

Both fleet fuel cards and bank-issued credit cards offer fleet managers the ability to track and set controls on their fuel expenses. But the similarities cease there.

Although tried and true, bank-issued credit cards do not offer the ability for fleet managers to distinguish an itemized list of purchased products from a location–allowing fleet drivers to abuse or misuse their cards for unauthorized purchases. 

To avoid this, fleet managers could set their purchase controls to “island reader only”, which shuts out stations that do not offer pay-at-the-pump service. However, this results in a set of new problems and excludes drivers from making acceptable purchases. 

On the other hand, fleet fuel cards provide a more in-depth range of transaction data, greater flexibility, and tighter controls than bank-issued credit cards. 

These cards allow fleet managers to customize card controls on dollar-spend at the transaction level, including limits on daily and weekly dollar amount limits, fuel quantity, and time frame of purchase. 

Fleet fuel cards provide instant alerts of suspicious behavior and easy-to-read reports for managers to wish to review their business expenses in full and take immediate action.

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 These cards are fuel specific, while bank-issued credit cards open up the fleet to any merchandise that may be available at a certain retail channel.A

Impac offers the most comprehensive tracking and reporting system in the industry through an innovative fleet fuel card program. Our flexible point of sale prompting, card level exception reporting, purchase control parameters and innovative reporting products allow fleet managers to manage their fuel programs with ease.

If you’re still unsure if fleet fuel cards are worth it for your fleet business, contact Impac today to speak with a professional. A

More Than Numbers: How to Effectively Use Telematics Data-Impac

More Than Numbers: How to Effectively Use Telematics Data

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More Than Numbers: How to Effectively Use Telematics Data-ImpacDue to fluctuating fuel costs in the market today, fleet companies are constantly seeking innovative methods to reduce fuel expenses while improving overall business operations. Telematics data has become a popular way for fleet companies to improve and impact their bottom line.

Fleet telematics not only tracks and reports driver behaviors, but they can be a useful tool in identifying fuel efficiency opportunities within a business.

However, in some cases, the raw data alone may not enough to reveal issues or identify areas of improvement–thorough analysis of several influencing factors can uncover a fleet’s true fuel patterns. For the end user, efficient usage of the data will pay off.

Driving patterns.  Although fleet managers use their data to primarily monitor and manage driver behavior, they should also be using it to improve fuel economy. Compiling this data will reveal which specific vehicles and drivers burn the most fuel.

Vehicle maintenance. Regular maintenance is an often underestimated way to improve fuel efficiency. Effectively used, fleet telematics can be set up to alert managers when certain maintenance needs to be performed to their trucks.More Than Numbers: How to Effectively Use Telematics Data-Impac

Staff involvement. To achieve vast efficiency, involving fleet staff with telematics analytics will address concerns and behaviors as a early as possible, which will encourage proactive resolution.

Best routes. With telematics, managers can see the real-time location of vehicles and drivers. Using this data allows managers to assign the most direct routes to the closest drivers–saving time and fuel.

There are a multitude of ways optimize telematics data, and if used effectively, can prove to promote sustainability within a fleet.

Impac offers the most comprehensive tracking and reporting system in the industry today through their fleet fuel card programs and GPS systems. At Impac, our fleet professionals strive to assist companies with effectively using their telematics data to promote continuous business growth and generate accelerating profits.

Contact us today.

Defeat Fuel Theft: Fuel Cards & Tracking Systems-Impac

Defeat Fuel Theft: Fuel Cards & Tracking Systems

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Defeat Fuel Theft: Fuel Cards & Tracking Systems-Impac A rising and recurring issue with fleets has been fuel theft.

Fuel theft can cost fleet companies significant amounts of money. However, fleet companies can become educated and aware of the fuel theft efforts that may occur within their operations to prevent such costs.

The three components that fall under the fuel theft umbrella include misuse, slippage and theft; misuse is when employees use company resources for personal gain, like fueling a personal vehicle with the company’s money; slippage is when an employee uses company dollars to purchase non-fuel items, like food; and theft is perpetrated by a third-party and may include stolen or skimmed card data.

Although the three forms vary from company to company, all equate to overall fuel theft.

Regular monitoring of employee actions through enhanced technology have helped detect and eliminate situations of fraud for fleets.

Fleet fuel cards present fleet companies with an innovative and easy approach to identify unauthorized employee behavior. A fleet owner or operator has the ability to set customized restrictions unique to each driver–including types of purchases, how much money that can be spent per day and where drivers can make purchases.

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Along with instantaneous alerts, fleet card systems provide detailed reports that outline the specifics of each purchase made by cardholders. Due to the accuracy and reliability of the system, the administrative task of matching and organizing reimbursement checks is therefore neglected–ultimately saving the company wasted time.

In addition to utilizing fuel cards to conquer fraud, GPS tracking and reporting systems can show real-time employee location and has the potential to reveal important information, like underperforming vehicles or poor habits of drivers. This information can be used to track down the employees who may be responsible for such behavior and alter the issue almost immediately.

Contact Impac for a comprehensive solution to fleet fuel theft through fleet fuel cards and GPS tracking and reporting systems.

Smart Practices to Increase & Improve Fleet Safety-Impac

Smart Practices to Increase & Improve Fleet Safety

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Smart Practices to Increase & Improve Fleet Safety-Impac Accidents are costly. Although this liability risk is unavoidable with fleets, minimizing the exposure and protecting company assets and drivers is critical for all-around improved fleet safety. Here are a few smart practices for fleets:

Smart Practice #1: Preventative maintenance. Strong maintenance planning in the fleet industry is a preventive track towards improved safety while minimizing company costs and risks. To avoid company downtime and guarantee vehicles and drivers are safe, fleet operators should develop comprehensive maintenance checklists and provide regular inspections to ensure consistent proper function.

Read our article on the importance of preventative maintenance.

Smart Practice #2: Training programs. Learning and obtaining improved defensive driving techniques through education for fleet drivers can help prevent and avoid accidents. On the market today, there are an array of available courses that can be implemented as part of a new employee training program or as an ongoing series on fleet driver safety.

Read our article on accidence avoidance programs to lower a fleet’s liability cost.

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Smart Practice #3: Monitor driver behavior. Through the utilization of GPS tracking and reporting systems as well as fleet fuel cards, fleet operators can optimally monitor driver behavior. Tracking driver mileage and behavior helps to mitigate unnecessary drive time, increase safety and conserve fuel. GPS systems can accurately detect speeding: a common dangerous behavior that can lead to accidents or citations.

Read our article on how to increase productivity in fleets.

Impac offers an innovative, easy-to-use GPS tracking and reporting system aimed to increase efficiencies and safety while cutting costs–providing a cost-effective safety solution that works.

In addition, the fleet professionals at Impac offer tracking and reporting fleet fuel cards with flexible point of sale prompting, card level exception reporting and purchase control parameters–allowing fleet managers to manage fuel programs with ease.

Contact Impac today for enhanced safety within your fleet!

Stay Proactive: Equipping Fleet Trucks for The Upcoming Winter Months-Impac

Stay Proactive: Equipping Fleet Trucks for The Upcoming Winter Months

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Stay Proactive: Equipping Fleet Trucks for The Upcoming Winter Months- ImpacAs the weather changes throughout fall into winter, the hazardous conditions of the roads pose a greater risk for accidents. Because of this, it is important for fleet companies to remain proactive and ensure all of their trucks are properly equipped for complied performance.

 1. Use winterized fuel. To avoid the refusal of trucks from starting when temperatures dip below zero, invest in seasonally-enhanced fuels will. These fuels will operate in below-freezing temperatures and may also increase horsepower and fuel economy up to five percent.

2. Replace filters. In the winter, water can turn to ice in fuel storage tanks and filtration systems–plugging filters during the first couple of cold fronts. To avoid damaged fuel pumps and startup issues, replace water-absorbing filters and regularly rain the water separator.

3. Perform maintenance. Before winter hits, replacing worn belts, hoses and brake pads can save money on costly repairs down the road. In addition, it is important to test the battery and clean all connections to eliminate the destruction of wearable components.

4. Check fluids. To ensure all engine oils are properly utilized, check and top off coolant, power steering, brake and windshield washer fluids. For easier cold cranking and truck startup, refer to the owner’s manual for manufacturer cold-weather viscosity recommendations.Stay Proactive: Equipping Fleet Trucks for The Upcoming Winter Months- Impac

5. Ensure appropriate tires are used. Depending on the type of perception present, special tires may be required during winter months. In addition, a drop in ambient temperatures can drop a tire’s air pressure significantly. Perform regular pressure checks on every tire for all trucks to ensure consistent appropriate levels.

6. Check the truck’s interior. During the winter months, fleet drivers need to be safe. For optimal safety and comfort, check heater and defroster operation and equip every truck with an emergency kit containing water, road flares, a fire extinguisher, reflective triangles and jumper cables.

To sustain optimal safety and cost savings this winter season, contact Impac to learn about our fleet fuel card programs and GPS tracking and reporting systems.

Route Optimization: How to Transform Your Fleet Company-Impac

Route Optimization: How to Transform Your Fleet Company

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Route Optimization: How to Transform Your Fleet Company-ImpacRouting has evolved into a sophisticated fleet function that touches every aspect of the overall operation. Fleet organizations and companies are increasing recognizing the significance of fleet route optimization for improving business efficiency while reducing costs.

 Become Efficient

Proficient routing allows fleet managers to determine the best and most cost-effective route options for a workforce. Seeking this specified route allows for reduced overall driver time on the road, therefore, reduced truck mileage–resulting in decreased fuel and maintenance costs, and time planning routes.

Become Safe

Not only does the advancement in route optimization heavily contribute to the drastic reduction of fuel use, vehicle wear and liability exposure for a business, routing helps make drivers safer while getting the vehicle and driver routed correctly and efficiently.

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Become Reputable

Route optimization ensure that drivers arrive at a destination in a timely manner. This allows fleet companies to tighten service windows given to customers and increases the on-time arrival rates throughout the business. Through these punctual efforts, customer satisfaction results in a reputable company.

Become Productive

As route optimization influences drivers to manage their time well, drivers can potentially increase the number of jobs that are completed each day–substantially increasing company profits. As discussed above, routing allows drivers to reach destinations in a timely manner, therefore, allowing the number of jobs per day to increase in a safe and sustainable way.

With advances in fleet management technology–such as fleet fuel cards and GPS tracking and reporting systems–routing has become more three dimensional and dynamic. Impac offers innovative fleet solutions through comprehensive fleet fuel card programs and robust GPS tracking and reporting systems–ultimately providing a true fuel simplification solution in the market.

Contact the professionals at Impac today to learn more about our products and how they can contribute to your company’s route optimization strategies.