Making sense of vehicle fleet data and using it to provide value for both business and end customers is becoming increasingly important with the rising popularity of e-commerce and the stronger regulations in terms of city access. That’s why the second edition of the Connected Fleets Conference, organised by Fleet Europe on 28 and 29 January in Brussels, will unravel how connectivity and telematics enable continued excellence in last mile customer service.
A topic not only close at heart of parcel delivery companies but every company that has offices, customers, employees and business duties in city centres. The 2020 Connected Fleets Conference is supported by main partners Geotab, Mercedes Vans and Athlon.
Stefano Peduzzi, Director Europe at Geotab, underlines the role of electrification in the future roadmap towards last mile efficiency.
Why is the Connected Fleets Conference important to attend?
“The Connected Fleets Conference delivers insight to fleet managers on how transitioning to a connected fleet would benefit their organisations as well as the best strategies for doing so. At the Connected Fleet Conference attendees will learn about the data that telematics can offer and how this data can be used to grow business and offer better service to customers.”
The theme is oriented towards Parcel Delivery and Last Mile Solutions. In what way is connectivity supporting mobility efficiency regarding Parcel Delivery and Last Mile?
“The conference will focus on how connected mobility can help the Parcel and Last Mile sector. The growth of eCommerce has fuelled a over 15% growth of parcels delivered for the last two years. This comes together with growing expectations from consumers for free and fast last mile deliveries. These pressures on the sector can only be addressed by a whole new level of efficiency, driven by data.”
How is Geotab responding to the needs of parcel delivery companies and companies that are impacted by First and Last Mile issues ?
“We see many parcel delivery companies, UPS, Amazon, Royal Mail etc. begin to transition their fleet to electric. This is primarily driven by government regulation around air quality, particularly in urban areas. For example, clean air zones in the UK, and other initiatives across Europe are making fleets consider alternative fuel vehicles. Geotab’s Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment (EVSA) helps fleets transition to electric by leveraging big data. The assessment analyses the daily range requirements, total cost of ownership, and environmental impact of the current fleet and recommends an EV (available on the market) where it makes sense to do so.”
“Furthermore, Geotab’s open platform provides EV specific reporting to help fleets better operate these new vehicles. This includes live GPS positioning and battery state of charge (%). An EV Charging Report, where, when, for how long and how much did an EVs charge? This helps to identify which vehicles need charging, and which vehicles can carry out the necessary deliveries. Finally, a Fuel and EV Energy Usage Report. This report identifies how an EV is performing in comparison to non-EV vehicles, providing a holistic view of the fuel consumption for a mixed fleet. How much range am I receiving? For hybrids, are you maximising the range of the battery, or are they just running on petrol/diesel? It enables fleets to maximise productivity and optimise vehicle utilisation.”
To discover the programme and registration details of the 2020 Connected Fleets Conference in Brussels visit the event website.
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