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How Fleet Management Software Will help the Agriculture Industry

By Heather S. Rea Subscribe to RSS | June 21st 2012 | Views:

Just about every farmer needs an extra hand, and it can be in the form of a literal man who’s out and about generating some good money out in the field, or maybe a useful companion by means of fleet management software.

Yes you heard it right. It’s not merely delivery trucks, trucking businesses, or freight companies. Even farmers have to have a bit of extra support carrying out administrative stuff. Why so?

Farmers aren’t just busy toiling in the heat of the sun, and it’s not only land which they keep themselves hectic with. They also have to do field data, livestock, mapping, accounting, and most importantly they run fleets. This is where fleet management software comes into play.

Fleet management software will help you with the following:

1. Since your fleet works in a number of the most dreadful and abusive environment, it requires appropriate care. The software will allow you to keep an eye on maintenance, and guarantee the perfect operation of your farming tools. For every farmer, this can be a basic need. Preventive maintenance is vital to the cost-effectiveness of one's equipment.

2. Tracking system - it’s necessary to track your vehicles and equipment. Track for what you ask? Track for make, model, class, department, customer, location, shop, job site and other methods. Tracking systems also have reports for your viewing that records the cost per mile, fuel consumption, repair and fix cost and all the other data you need to keep you conscious of the cost-effectiveness of your fleet.

3. Fleet management software has around a hundred reports to offer you the following: cost of your equipment and fuel proficiency, purchase order and vendor tracking, inventory of parts and lists, parts tagging, parts usage tracking, fuel transaction, pump and tank reporting, fuel billing reporting, customer billing reports, departmental cost reporting and several other reports to satisfy your data necessities. You can also fine tune these reports to obtain the data you need.

4. As previously discussed, the software also carries full featured tire tracking (don't assume all, but majority of fleet management software companies). This tire tracking notifies you of the history of the tire - from birth to death, a tire recapping reporting and monitoring, tire use monitoring, if it fails you also have a report, a tire inventory, and surprisingly, a predictive failure reporting. Something such as this proves to be a worthy ally of farmers.

It’s correct that occasionally farmers take more time at the office doing admin duties compared to what they’re said to be doing - farming! However, one can't elect to remove these admin duties because they are also necessary to the survival of the farm. The answer is to acquire the right fleet management software to successfully handle operations, thereby making the farm profitable.

Complete reporting solutions can actually help the farming industry with the upkeep of its fleet. However it can’t be just any fleet management software, if you wish to obtain the best, you do have to pay for it. It also needs to be flexible enough to meet your requirements.

Heather S. Rea - About Author:
RTA offers Fleet Consulting Services for businesses in the Automotive, school bus, and trucking industry. RTA also provides Automative Fleet Management to fit your company's budget.

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