Landscape & Irrigation

October 2017

Landscape and Irrigation is read by decision makers throughout the landscape and irrigation markets — including contractors, landscape architects, professional grounds managers, and irrigation and water mgmt companies and reaches the entire spetrum.

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14 October 2017 Landscape and Irrigation BUSINESS MANAGEMENT BY PANKAJ SHARMA W h e n i t co m e s to r u n n i n g a landscape company, there's no shortage of tasks on your to-do list. You're meeting with prospects, providing estimates, and even helping out with the hard labor when you're shor t staffed. You're likely also charged with managing the day-to-day operations, along with the performance — and schedules — of your employees in the field. All this in an effort to provide your customers with the best service possible, while also acquiring new customers and finding new ways to make your business more profitable. When you hear the word "data," it may call to mind large piles of useless i n f o r m a t i o n . H o w e v e r, e v e n s m a l l companies like yours can reap the benefits of data across your business. By using data collected by GPS-based fleet management systems, many savvy landscaping companies can increase productivity, reduce costs and growth their revenues. Although data may be the last thing on your mind, here are five reasons to give it a fair shot: 1. Greater fuel efficiency: Has your fuel spend been steadily increasing from month to month, while your work orders have remained steady? While you can't predict gas prices, you can control how much you spend on fuel. First, you need to know where your fuel is going — a fleet management solution can offer numerous fuel reports, providing deeper insight into all your fuel expenses. By integrating fuel cards with your fleet tracking software, you'll gain a better understanding of your fuel expenses thanks to a full range of features that track, monitor and analyze fuel consumption. This will help you improve efficiencies, reduce waste, account for fuel purchases and improve buying behavior. Other ways fleet tracking can help you save on fuel include: Efficient routing — this helps your employees drive fewer miles. I m p r o v e d m a i n t e n a n c e — w e l l maintained fleets with proper tire pressure and regularly changed air filters use less gas. Fuel-efficient driving behaviors — Negative driving behaviors, such as speeding and rapid acceleration, burn fuel faster. 2. Vehicle maintenance management: Has vehicle maintenance been costing you a small fortune? Maintenance is one of the most significant costs associated with any vehicle. If you have vehicles that have needed servicing more often than they should, a fleet management solution can track your maintenance timelines, using that history to spot trends and take appropriate actions. It could be that your drivers are hard braking and cornering, causing more wear and tear on your vehicles. Having the ability to track these behaviors can cut your maintenance costs considerably. 3. B etter tim e m a n a gem en t: Are yo u regularly late to jobs? It's important that your employees in the field are on time to provide services to each client, as one late job can cause your schedule to fall like dominoes, causing delays on ever y job after that, resulting in multiple customer Five Ways to Leverage Data in Your Landscape Business PHOTOS PROVIDED BY NEXTRAQ

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