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Minimize Field Service Route Fuel Costs with a Rugged Tablet PC

With the cost of gas almost double what it was in 2009, saving money on fuel costs is paramount for many companies, including yours. You don’t want to have to raise your rates for service, especially in this economy, where a few dollars can mean the difference between a repeat customer and a dissatisfied loyal customer who takes her business elsewhere. 

Fortunately, issuing a rugged tablet PC to those in the field can minimize field service route costs, allowing your business to focus on service. Here’s how:

1.       Reducing costs on planned routes. With a rugged tablet PC that has an internet connection, field service workers can look up gas stations in the area to find those with the lowest price. Saving a few cents on each gallon may not seem like much, but when your field Rugged Tablet PC for Field Serviceemployees are filling up their tanks repeatedly over the course of a week, those savings can add up – right to your bottom line.

2.       Planning routes. Let’s say your field worker has three stops to make today. He heads out with his rugged tablet PC, ready to make his first stop. The routes are pre-loaded into the tablet, so he is able to follow directions to minimize the miles he drives and take the most fuel-efficient roads. However, once he’s out of headquarters, he gets a call to make another stop. With his tablet, he can input the new stop into his route, and software will calculate the most fuel-efficient way to make this new stop, either in the middle of his route or at the end.

3.       Creating efficient schedules. Each worker has different skills and availability. With a tablet, they can log when they’re free – say, if he finishes his route early. That information is routed to headquarters, where maybe he can be dispatched to another location. Workers can also be routed more efficiently to locations that need service or input whether another worker with a different skill set is needed, which helps dispatch send the right person for the job.

4.       Minimizing repeat visits. Repeat visits mean more fuel is used. Carefully organizing schedules and dispatches ensures that the right person is sent to repair the problem. This minimizes repeat visits, saving fuel costs and creating happier customers.

It may seem like tablet PCs are just for the hipster set, but with all these benefits that result in lower fuel costs, a rugged tablet PC is just right for a worker in the field. Your company will save on fuel costs, be more efficient in general – and have happier customers.

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