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Five (other) reasons to consider GPS fleet management in your business

20 June, 2016

Think you know all there is to know about the benefits of GPS fleet management software?

Now that the GPS tracking industry has matured and most businesses have been approached by GPS tracking vendors, many business owners and managers know the core functions of GPS tracking that provide the ROI (return on investment).

But you might not be aware that there’s more to tracking than these core functions.

Those turbulent 3 months

Brad Halcrow   9 June, 2016

Pictured above: Jody Monaghan in her EH Holden

This time last year the Surat Basin was alive with hustle and work with the big gas pipelines.

Now the installations are complete, that work is no longer. Stimson Plumbing had a very quiet period at the end of 2015.

The team got together to figure out a win/win for the staff. With some consultation and understanding, the field staff wound back to 3 days a week and some took holidays.

A serious investment in staff

Brad Halcrow   7 June, 2016

The team at Daltons are specialists in their field. In fact, this has been the niche for Daltons since the outset back in 1966 when now Managing Director Bruce’s father began the business. Nowadays, their services remain in high demand. A strong investment in staff has kept Dalton Electrical at the top of their game.

Growing a historic business from the holiday house

Brad Halcrow   17 May, 2016

With 74 staff all over the district, Managing Director of Parr & Co Damon Odey was dedicated to finding a solution that could keep everyone in the company connected across the board and sharing live, up-to-the-minute data. The ‘magic button’, as it turns out, exists – enter simPRO.

In the video interviews below Ben Smith, then General Manager and Damon Odey, Managing Director outline their experience in building the business and integrating cloud software across a widely dispersed team all with an emphasis on work/life balance.

Adam continues his path to fitness

Brad Halcrow   8 May, 2016

Remember our friend Adam Bell?

Before simPRO he was getting into the office at 5:30am to dish out job cards to his field staff. Next thing we know, once simPRO is up and running, he’s rolling in at 7:30 on his pushbike. The pushbike led to a run, a swim, then next thing we know he’s a triathlete!

Enabling the staff with the best

Brad Halcrow   19 April, 2016

Excel Refrigeration are an exceptional example of a progressive field service business. They're always looking to new technology’s, methodologies and they have a great attitude toward enabling autonomy for their staff.

Improve cash flow: tips for small businesses

Rhiza Lahoylahoy   2 March, 2016

Cash is often referred to as the lifeblood of an organisation, a key factor that determines business success or failure. In many cases, cash is vital for daily survival; a small business that doesn’t have enough cash on hand to pay suppliers might not be able to open the next day.

Speeding up the conversion of sales into cash, as well as increasing the spread between inflows (receipts) and outflows (payments) will help to build a cash cushion for business sustainability. With this cushion, you can take advantage of cost-efficient opportunities, fund growth, and more.

Here are some quick tips to improve cash flow for your small business.

First impressions of Trade Services the Kiwi way

Brad Halcrow   10 November, 2015

Last week Steve Hirst and I returned from a 2 week trip visiting clients happy to share their simPRO story with the world. We visited Auckland, Hawera, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Timaru and a few in between. The scenery lived up to expectations, the weather, supposedly freezing, didn’t.

A couple of things I wasn’t expecting...

Firstly, the sheep - they’re so fat! I grew up on a sheep station in Australia. Maybe they just have an extra layer to keep out the cold but the New Zealand sheep looked like something out of a cartoon.

Secondly, the scenery, also out of this world.

What to do when all your projects hit pause

Brad Halcrow   19 August, 2015

Dropping in to see these Journey goers, you never know what news awaits.

Matt Harriden for instance has changed his business name (more on that in an upcoming update), Adam Bell was last seen getting back on the tools, now Boz from BLUi Security has evolved his own model of service delivery brought about by necessity after a string of unexpected events.

Starting from scratch to disrupt the tyre industry

Brad Halcrow   22 June, 2015

From corporate to the trades

The story of Road Runner Mobile Tyres is quite different to the Journey case studies we’ve done before. In fact it's the opposite to that of a tradie-turned-business owner.

John Shim and Steve McCarthy have known each other for more than ten years, both fresh from a long career in a corporate environment. Backed by an extensive history in consulting and running much larger companies John and Steve decided it was now or never to begin a startup, and what a disruptive startup it is.