Product Focus: Service Vans, Fleet Management, Franchises and Software

Product Focus: Service Vans, Fleet Management, Franchises and Software

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DPL Telematics AssetCommand Base

AssetCommand Base from DPL Telematics is the complete tool for companies to increase driver safety and productivity while decreasing the costs and risk of vehicle accidents and theft. It empowers managers to remotely shut down their machines, wirelessly locate them anytime via GPS, collect odometer/runtime readings, track service intervals and receive real-time alerts for speeding or potentially dangerous driving. Driver ID options include iButton or RFID badges to restrict access to authorized drivers and correctly log each driver’s activity. Users can also receive alerts for loss of power, boundary or curfew violations to curb unauthorized use. It is palm sized, has no external antenna, and contains an internal backup battery to continue operating the unit if disconnected. To provide flexibility for seasonal usage, the device is billed on a month-to-month agreement, allowing customers to deactivate and reactivate anytime without penalty. 800-897-8093; www.dpltel.com


GPS Fleet Consulting SafeFleet

The SafeFleet dashcam/GPS combo unit from GPS Fleet Consulting is designed to provide important benefits to any business running a fleet of vehicles. The easily installed hardware provides location updates and event-based video recordings in near real-time. The data can be viewed from a computer or through a mobile device. It helps protect billable time against customer disputes and provides accurate accounting of hours for payroll, real-world examples for coaching against risky driving behaviors and protection against frivolous claims. It can help reduce the risk and cost of accidents, decrease idle time and help with proactive vehicle maintenance. It includes advanced vehicle diagnostic sensors and a safe driving rewards program. 800-609-7935; www.gpsfleetconsulting.com


Quartix

The Quartix vehicle tracking system helps a wide range of businesses improve productivity, cut costs and save on fuel every day. Providing commercial fleet tracking for trucks, coaches, vans and cars throughout the U.S., U.K. and France, the system offers a host of features for fleet managers. It helps analyze data, generating simple-to-use reports that can be accessed online. Live tracking, driver time sheets, geofencing and management dashboards allow managers to easily see where efficiencies can be made. Driver league tables and individual driver reports help to assess driving style, which if improved can save businesses up to 25% in fuel consumption, as well as positively impact the safety of road users. It offers tiered packages to help businesses identify their best drivers, make sense of mileage and fuel costs and reduce administrative tasks. 312-800-9882; www.quartix.com


Webfleet Solutions  LINK 240

With fuel prices rising to record highs, fleets everywhere are feeling the effects of soaring operating costs. LINK 240 used in combination with WEBFLEET allows fleet operators to monitor real-time and historic fuel consumption, track and trace driving times, the mileage and location of fleets, and record and analyze mileage and trip data — all designed to improve operational efficiency and lower fleet costs. It is a completely plug-and-play vehicle tracking solution and can be self-installed via a vehicle’s OBD-11 port, so it is suitable for small businesses, subcontractors and temporary vehicles or drivers. 866-224-9451; www.webfleet.com


FastEST FastPIPE

FastPIPE plumbing and mechanical estimating software from FastEST is trusted by contractors and plumbers to help streamline the estimating process and improve the company’s bottom line. All estimating programs come standard with a full comprehensive material cost and labor database. They include on-screen takeoff, pre-made assemblies, a large catalog of items and quick reports for efficient and accurate bids. With affordable purchase and lease options available and online training included, the estimating programs are designed to be efficient and user-friendly. 800-828-7108; www.fastest-inc.com


FloLogic System

The FloLogic System has industrial-grade U.S.-made cast bronze valves in sizes up to 2 inches, offering comprehensive real-time leak detection, detecting leaks as small as a half-ounce per minute from the moment they start. When a leak is detected, the water is shut off automatically and the users receive an alert through the smartphone app. It has low room temperature alerts and automatic water shutoffs prior to freezing conditions. All systems are equipped with battery backup for continued protection during outages. Plumbers who sell and install it can help their clients secure their home against plumbing supply leak damage and can help them save hundreds annually on property insurance. 877-356-5644; www.flologic.com


My Service Depot  Smart Service

Smart Service from My Service Depot is a software system that functions as a direct add-on to QuickBooks. It adds scheduling, dispatching, invoicing and customer management to QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Enterprise and Online. This allows users to schedule and dispatch work to their customers using their preferred QuickBooks platform. It empowers drain cleaning businesses to streamline their operations and eliminate waste. When a customer calls, an office dispatcher will create a job in the scheduler, filling in notes and assigning it to a field technician. This sends an electronic work order to the tech’s phone or tablet. When that tech arrives at the customer’s location, they’ll build up the work order, collect a customer signature, collect payment and send the completed paperwork back to the office. 888-518-0818; www.smartservice.com


ServiceCore software

ServiceCore is a cloud-based, custom-built platform designed for the waste industry. It allows users to streamline challenging processes in a matter of clicks, from scheduling and routing to inventory tracking and customer management, to billing and invoicing. It provides powerful tools to manage a business and provide real-time insights. Plus, each person at the company has customized access to the software and can log in on any device online or in the app. 844-336-0611; www.servicecore.com


simPRO software

The simPRO comprehensive job management software platform helps commercial and residential plumbing businesses streamline their operations to increase profits. It helps businesses get full visibility into business performance with centralized reporting, connect office operations to the technicians in the field, automate invoicing and payments to increase billable hours, manage stock and inventory to control costs and track job progress to deliver the best customer service. 855-338-6041; www.simprogroup.com


Rooter-Man franchise system

The Rooter-Man franchise system offers a low-cost solution to franchise ownership, with a flat-rate pricing system (no royalty on percentage of sales). Franchisees are granted an exclusive franchise license for their chosen territories, and they become part of a team of independent dealers working together under a nationally branded website and recognized trademark with proven systems for success. It has been named the top plumbing franchise by Entrepreneur magazine 15 years in a row. Franchisees receive equity in the national brand by receiving exclusive use of the trademark in their territory. 800-700-8062; www.rooterman.com


Z PLUMBERZ

Z PLUMBERZ is a full-service plumbing franchise specializing in all types of plumbing, drain and sewer solutions. The franchise model focuses on sustainable growth and profitability, with paths designed for those starting brand-new plumbing businesses, as well as for existing plumbing or drain contractors. Owners develop their businesses in four key verticals, including retail plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning, project plumbing and pipe lining and trenchless technologies. Franchise owners are provided with the training, resources and support needed to win more jobs, provide exceptional customer service, and become their market’s go-to expert. 866-585-9529; www.zplumberzfranchise.com 


Weave Missed Call Texts

Today’s consumers expect immediate responses. If your business doesn’t immediately respond to their call, they’ll move on to a competitor. So, switch to a phone system that automatically follows up with every missed caller. Whether you’re out on a job, closed for the day or tied up on the phone, Weave’s Missed Call Text tool will automatically send a customized text message asking how your business can help. You can send an automated text message whenever you miss a call, text back and forth through a dedicated business number on any device, customize automated responses for different situations and times of day and avoid missing out on thousands of potential dollars a month in missed call revenue. 866-308-2039; www.getweave.com


Milwaukee Tool PACKOUT Racking Shelf

The PACKOUT Racking Shelf from Milwaukee Tool attaches to E-Track, allowing users to place the shelf in any location or onto any surface E-Track can be mounted. To keep contents secure during transport, the shelf features integrated tiedown points and an anti-rattle screw. A 50-pound weight capacity, metal reinforced frame and impact-resistant body provides maximum durability. The shelf is available on its own or in a kit with two racking shelves and two 20-inch lengths of vertical E-Track. 800-729-3878; www.milwaukeetool.com


Stamp Works Magnets

Stamp Works can make refrigerator magnets that look like plumbing vans. A business owner just needs to send a photo of their van, and the company can do the rest, then send free proofs. Some customers put the small replica magnets on the outside of trucks, and as they travel people take them off, building buzz and positive feedback. 800-758-2743; www.stampworks.net  



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