05 July 2018
The importance of real-time
notifications for your business
In today’s ‘instant’ world,
we’ve come to expect an almost constant stream of up-to-date information.
Between social media, 24-hour news channels and mobile news updates, there’s
not much we’re not aware of as soon as it happens.
It should be no
different for your business. Having an up-to-the-minute view of your remote operational
activity has multiple benefits across a number of key areas, and should be an
important contributor to an organisation-wide data feed. Here’s how an
electronic proof-of-delivery (EPOD) solution can provide this real-time visibility.
Swift invoicing for improved cash
An EPOD solution like
ours enables your workforce to create PODs (‘Proof of Delivery’ confirmations)
for completed jobs in the field right then and there, via a smartphone app or a
rugged handheld. With a notification system built in, your accounts team back
at base can then raise electronic invoices or supplier payments as soon as
they’re alerted, speeding up the process to a potentially instant transaction.
EPOD software also integrates seamlessly with your accounting application, so you
can work with your invoices in whatever format you prefer.
Not only does this
real-time workflow increase productivity, reduce the risk of errors and cut
back on physical paperwork, it allows your accounting team to spend more of
their valuable time ensuring invoices and payments are fulfilled when most
cost-effective. Your business achieves better cash flow and a smoother
Responsive route planning for an
accidents and unexpected road closures can all affect the efficiency of your
fleet. Your remote workforce may not have time to check a field-wide view of
their routes in real-time, but with EPOD notifications, you can send instant
updates through to their in-cab computer or handheld device from a central hub,
keeping them moving at optimum capacity. You can also update jobs and manifests
with immediate notice, and without any risk of overloading your vehicles,
thanks to the built-in safeguarding system.
With the foresight to
sidestep problems on the road, your fleet racks up less unnecessary mileage, less
costly fuel consumption and less vehicle maintenance. Monitor the exact
location of every vehicle in your fleet and receive immediate notification if
one of them strays from its planned route.
Driver tracking for maximum
It’s not just your
vehicles you can choose to track with an EPOD solution; handheld devices also
enable you to trace the movements of your drivers. Performance notifications
keep you informed of individual driver progress on a moment-to-moment basis,
feeding into a data store and building detailed productivity reports over time.
Use this information to pick up on any recurring issues or pressure points, improving
workflow in the field for you and your remote workforce.
Real-time notifications are your eyes
and ears in the field
Short of travelling
alongside each of your drivers and vehicles in the field every day, real-time
EPOD notifications offer the best way to stay in the know about everything that
could affect remote productivity, planned and otherwise. With the ability to
directly transmit vital information at the touch of a button, both you and your
remote workforce can deliver the best possible proficiency and professionalism
for your customers and clients.
The value of many forms
of information quickly decreases over time, so choose an EPOD solution that
enables your business to capitalise on new intel when its at its most
beneficial. Our EPOD
systems provide instant notification alerts and so much more, giving
you the power to react to an ever-changing remote working environment. Contact
us now to learn more about the real-time capabilities of our EPOD solutions.