Chicago-based small business Essannay generated an immediate return on its VehiclePath GPS Monitoring and Tracking investment when the company used the system to recover a stolen truck. A family-owned and operated audio/visual rental company, Essannay operates a 2002 Ford Heavy Duty Van to transport equipment to and from its customers’ meeting sites and locations.
“Our fleet consists of one truck that is vital to our business,” says Essannay President Christopher Chambers. “The VehiclePath system we installed on our truck paid for itself the moment the stolen vehicle was located and recovered, before any damage was done to it.”
Chambers installed VehiclePath on the Essannay truck one year ago to promote route compliance among his drivers. “I kept getting gas receipts from places where the truck wasn’t supposed to be,” recalls Chambers. “I wanted to keep better track of where my drivers were going, as well as how they were driving.” VehiclePath provided the solution to his challenges.
A powerful, flexible and highly scalable GPS Vehicle Tracking and Monitoring system developed by Spireon, Inc., which emerged in 2011 as the industry-leading Mobile Resource Management (MRM) company developing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based tools, VehiclePath provides continuous real-time visibility for local fleets. For a small business like Essannay, VehiclePath offers a cost-effective way to improve driver productivity, increase driver safety, ensure route compliance, and enhance on-time delivery as well as customer satisfaction.
“VehiclePath allows me to set up a Geofence, a geographical boundary that extends beyond our normal service area,” Chambers explains. “The instant one of my drivers takes the truck outside this Geofence, I get an instant alert on my cell phone and via e-mail. So I can call my driver to find out why they’ve veered off the route. I can keep track of my drivers anytime, even when I’m not in the office.”
Chambers says that VehiclePath has been a useful tool in reducing unwanted driver behavior, including excessive idling and speeding. But he most values having instant access to real-time intelligence. “VehiclePath tells me exactly what I need to know. Now I can see where my truck is every day, at any given moment. I can see when the truck arrived at a customer location, what time the equipment was delivered, what time the truck left, and if the driver had to go back for some reason. Before VehiclePath, I had to call the customer for this information, which wasn’t the best for customer service.”
VehiclePath has also allowed Essannay to control costs related to fuel consumption and maintenance. “The system sends me alerts when it’s time for a tune up or oil change, or when the battery’s gone bad, so I can take care of it in a timely fashion,” says Chambers. “And I expect to see a reduction in my auto insurance as well.”
But perhaps the biggest return on his VehiclePath investment came from a surprising use of the system. “When our truck got stolen from our back lot, it took me a few minutes to realize that I could use VehiclePath to find out where it was,” Chambers recalls. “Sure enough, we pinpointed its exact location and sent someone down to keep a set of eyes on it until the police could arrive. Within four hours of noticing it was gone, we had our truck back, fully operational.”
Adds Chambers, “I would have loved to see the expression on the thief’s face when he realized that the truck he’d stolen had been stolen back.”
Chambers says that by recovering the company truck, VehiclePath instantly paid for itself, “and for years to come.” He adds, “I didn’t have to waste time to file any reports, or buy a new truck. All I had to do was click my mouse, and there was my van. If I had more cars, I’d get one for every vehicle. I’d tell anyone to install VehiclePath, install lots of them. It’s well worth it.”
To learn more about Essannay, visit www.essannay.com or call Christopher Chambers at (312) 773-5511. To learn more about VehiclePath by Spireon, Inc., visit www.VehiclePath.com or call 1-877-299-6544.
VehiclePath is dedicated to connecting companies with local fleets to their mobile assets and workforce through game-changing information platforms, giving them the power to manage actionable business intelligence. Inspiring companies with local fleets to reach new heights with its powerful Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based tools, VehiclePath is one of the most cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions on the market, enabling rapid deployment and optimization of local fleets.
Spireon, Inc., is at the summit of business intelligence and committed to going higher. Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, the company emerged in 2011 as the industry leading Mobile Resource Management (MRM) company as a result of the merger of ProconGPS, Inc. with Enfotrace and PFS, LLC , the top three providers in the MRM space. Spireon connects companies to their mobile assets and workforce through game changing information platforms, giving them the power to manage actionable business intelligence. Inspiring companies to reach new heights with powerful Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based tools, Spireon provides a sturdy foundation on which to optimize performance.
With leading market positions in the Subprime Automotive Finance industry, Local & Enterprise Fleet Management and Trailer & Logistics markets, Spireon, Inc. specializes in developing strong business relationships with leading companies worldwide, enabling it to offer affordable world-class risk mitigation, mobile asset management and location-based services to its customers. Spireon, Inc.’s patented array of GPS products and information platforms provide business intelligence solutions through industry brands for automotive dealers, lenders, service and delivery fleets and transportation and logistics companies. Spireon currently has over 1.2 million active devices in the marketplace and forecasts to deliver 800,000 units in 2012. With offices in North America, Spireon has a proven track record in innovation, customer-focused service, financial stability, powerful vertical distribution networks, and a strong customer base.
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