How Couriers Enjoy the Benefits of GPS Technology

Posted by admin on February 26, 2013 under Tips | Comments are off for this article

Beyond the sometimes shrill claims and business slogans, couriers are, at bottom, all about delivering on time, with every single package—it only takes one instance of mishandled courier work for customers to scamper away and move over to your competitors. To ensure utmost efficiency, it is common for couriers to use the latest innovation or technology as it becomes available, and one of the currently most useful assistive technologies out there is the global positioning system (GPS). But how do couriers actually use this technology, and how does GPS enable them to do their job more efficiently?pic

What is GPS?

Basically, GPS is nothing esoteric—its operating principles are easily understood despite the high-level technical matters involved in making it work. At the very least, the use of GPS can make any courier work easier to do, primarily from the management and operational standpoint. GPS-enabled devices, such as smart phones and tablets specifically designed for the courier industry, “talk” with satellites orbiting the Earth, obtaining from them data regarding location and depth, with an accuracy of up to a few meters. This means a manager can track the location of any courier in real time, as seen by the “eye in the sky.” On the other hand, GPS can also enable customers to track their packages or parcels, thus giving them peace of mind and reassurance of the courier’s reliability of service.

Making the Job more Efficient

The advantages of the usage and implementation of GPS technology to the courier and to the customer are obvious: by being able to know the whereabouts of a courier or package delivery at any time, a manager or supervisor can make sure that the courier work is processed as fast as possible and thereby avoid the occurrence of any hitch. This efficiency means resources are properly used and allocated and, if possible, even saved. GPS also works well with providing location information to couriers already on the road, and such avoids the wastage of time, energy and fuel. GPS also has a psychological effect on couriers on the road—as they know that their location is being logged and recorded, couriers will always be on their best work behaviour. The other end of this whole string of benefits concerns the customer: the technology allows them to “watch” how their package travels through the network until it arrives in the destination. This empowers the customer with timely knowledge and reassures them of the reliability of the courier’s service.

Increased Profitability

GPS technology has been largely responsible for further “shrinking” the world in which we live. And with a “smaller” world, the typical courier is able to accomplish any given courier work with ease, speed and improved efficiency. Such positive changes have a significant effect on a company’s bottom line: this simply means the company gets a bigger volume of work processed in a shorter time, and thus, increased profits..

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