There are all sorts of things that can negatively impact a business. It could be a lousy office culture, supply chain issues, or just a stretch of underperforming sales.
Another problem many businesses face is losing important assets. Any company loses small items but the bottom line will be okay if some pens go missing or a computer monitor gets lost in the mail.
Issues arise when expensive, irreplaceable assets are not accounted for. Sometimes it can be an annoying inconvenience but some lost assets can totally halt business operations until they are found again.
GPS asset tracking helps businesses relocate their stuff because the technology shows exactly where something is. With that in mind, these five businesses could benefit from GPS asset tracking.
Large-scale shipping operations often use industrial containers to transport goods from one destination to another and losing one of them can be absolutely catastrophic.
Beyond the natural expenses of losing a container of its goods, it would also generate a terrible reputation for any shipping company. After all, the goal is to transport materials on time and if the delivery does not come, then the job isn’t done.
GPS asset tracking can help solve this issue. The trackers are typically attached to the exterior of a container and transmit its real-time location to the home office or a smartphone app. Many companies offer durable tracking devices that are able to withstand crummy weather conditions, which is crucial for shipping containers traveling long distances.
Whether your business rents out ATVs, kayaks, or inflatable bounce houses, it would be wise to outfit them with asset trackers.
A rental company has to trust whichever random person has the money to rent it out, and while most of the time the asset is returned on time and in good condition, there will always be nightmare examples of that not happening.
GPS asset trackers ensure you know where something is, even if it never gets returned. Let’s say a customer rents out an ATV and takes it back to their house instead of bringing it back, a GPS tracker will share its location data so someone with the company can alert the authorities.
Construction firms lose things all the time as their crew moves from worksite to worksite. Often times it is just specialized tools like jackhammers or power drills, but it becomes a huge problem when power generators or trailers are misplaced.
Sometimes it is as easy as going back to the previous worksite and getting everything from there. Unfortunately, the lost assets are not always at the previous worksite and now you have to scramble. Lots of high-value tools get stolen from construction sites and once that happens, good luck ever getting it back.
Having up-to-date location data will help construction companies keep track of their assets and tools better which helps save money.
Professional Sports Teams
It may not seem like professional sports teams need GPS asset tracking, but things can get lost in the shuffle when teams are traveling long distances for their next game.
Team crews need to move a lot of stuff for each game. An NFL team has just eight or nine regular-season road games, and while that is not a ton of road trips compared to other sports, there is still plenty to transport. There are all the uniform parts, the medical equipment, water bottles and tanks, and everything else that has to be moved from the practice field to the road stadium.
If the team bus is leaving for the airport and their equipment guy can’t find the used jersey bin, next time they should attach a GPS tracker to the bin so nothing gets lost.
Logging and Forestry
Dense forests are a prime area to lose equipment and expensive tools, which happens frequently in the logging and forestry industries. Windy logging roads, bad weather, and the secluded nature of working deep in the woods make it easy for workers to forget where something was last placed.
One lost feller buncher or electric log splitter can ruin a whole day’s work, and those high-value tools would be ideal for GPS asset tracking. Many devices still work without Internet service so they can be used anywhere, even in the most remote areas of forest.
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