By Brian Albright, Field Technologies magazine
United Rentals shows how using a mix of software solutions is sometimes the best approach for improving routing and vehicle utilization.
Mobile application providers have increasingly expanded their functionality over the past several years. Where there used to be a host of software providers serving specific functions (field service, fleet management, routing/dispatching, delivery management, etc.), now it is possible to automate multiple functions using a single tool. But not every company can meet its needs using a single provider. Although deploying multiple solutions can sometimes increase integration costs and complexity, companies with unique requirements — like United Rentals — must often take a “best-of-breed” approach.