How Fleet Operations Maximize Landscaping Efficiency

There are few industries that can reasonably earn the moniker “economically resilient.” Market fluctuations, inflation, and interest rates are all external factors that can make or break a business, regardless of how the organization performs. Landscaping, however, has historically proven that it can withstand all outdoor conditions.

In fact, its existential need is so firm that it was valued at around $105.1 billion just this year. Moreover, during the economic turmoil of 2020, there was even growth among the total number of landscaping businesses as households turned to new hobbies.

That said, opportunity alone does not guarantee success. The entire business model depends on eliminating wasted time and maximizing labor output to increase profitability. This is especially true for those operating in regions with cold winter climates, where seasonal stresses create very limited operating windows. For these organizations, there is no acceptable loss margin.

As a result, more landscaping companies are turning to fleet operations and security solutions to help improve their overall digital efficiency strategy. By underpinning assets such as trucks and specialized tools and vehicles with a digital foundation, landscapers can optimize daily routes, improve safety protocols, and increase data visibility for smarter, real-time decision making using an all-in-one solution. .

If eliminating operational waste and meeting growth opportunities is a priority for your landscaping business, consider how a connected commercial fleet can help you achieve these goals:

Make data work, from routing to maintenance

In the world of modern commercial fleets, each asset is effectively its own data center. As assets move from job to job, tactically mapping daily activities, they generate an enormous amount of data. For example, the technology can calculate the average time it takes to move between jobs or how long the asset is idle. Additionally, some systems even monitor deterioration rates, closely tracking an asset’s proximity to a point of repair. This data is the key to important operational adjustments and, ultimately, value.

That said, these mobile data centers are only one piece of the puzzle. Assets need to be integrated into a centralized end-to-end solution that transforms disparate data sets into a single view of the business. Combined with best-in-class analytics, landscape managers can fully understand how their assets are deployed with complete context. This way, managers can ensure that each asset follows a deliberate, assigned route (while monitoring deviations) and even prevent vehicle breakdowns over time.

Consider, for example, a landscaping operator in South Florida. As hurricane season approaches, there is a potential increase in customer needs as well as a risk to the fleet itself. With a fully integrated system, managers can track historical trends and forecast the number of teams that will need to be deployed over a certain period, maximizing revenue opportunities. This level of operational intelligence and forecasting is simply not possible without a digital approach to field operations.

Security as a driver of growth

For landscapers subject to seasonal ebbs and flows, operating on a perfectly organized resource schedule is the only way to ensure year-round profitability. The problem with well-oiled machines, however, is that a single disturbance can have lasting consequences. So when these landscape assets fall victim to accidents or even theft, the impact can ripple.

Fleet safety doesn’t have to be a cost center. In fact, it can help improve driver performance and alleviate insurance issues commonly associated with asset management. Modern fleet solutions incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) video into assets that help support both internal metrics and external accountability. Monitoring high-risk behavior such as hard braking or speeding, these solutions can proactively alert drivers and reduce potential threats. Additionally, the video captures a 360-degree view, preventing fraudulent claims that drivers were at fault. Such proof can expedite insurance claims (and even limit policy surcharges) and help keep the business running when it’s needed most.

Connected Assets, Rotate Faster, Better Yields

Landscaping companies perform best when they move quickly, meet demand, and keep their assets healthy. Without deeply connected insights into asset behavior and long-term trends, leaders cannot scale with the agility so intrinsic to success. By leveraging connected, easily accessible solutions with a simplified user interface for your variety of users and drivers and systems that can adapt to changing business conditions, deliver the best time to value and highest return on investment . Building a strong network, business assets can generate new opportunities and help get ahead of competitors. Insight is there, just unlock it.

Terri S. Tomasini