Optimizes Fleet Management While Enhancing Customer Service
RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2008) - Digital Dispatch (TSX:DD), a leading provider of mobile data solutions, is pleased to announce that eFleetTM, its ASP mobile fleet management business initiative, is fortifying its position in the market with the addition of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise partners as customers. eFleet is streamlining the fleet operations of the world's largest junk removal company through increased automation and improved communications. Since March 2007, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise partners have subscribed to more than $300,000 in eFleet service agreements with three-year terms. The systems are currently being deployed in approximately 100 of their vehicles, representing about 10 percent of the total vehicle fleet operated by 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, with volumes expected to increase in 2008.
"We're always looking for ways to increase efficiency and deliver outstanding customer service," said Brian Scudamore, Founder & CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. "eFleetTM has enabled many of our franchise partners to cut back on travel time and costs and in turn 'WOW' the people they service."
The project was initiated early in 2007 to establish an advanced set of wireless fleet management features designed to improve operational efficiencies for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise partners' junk-removal trucks. Vehicles equipped with the eFleetTM system have been dubbed "Smart Trucks" by 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. The eFleetTM system enables efficient fleet management through remote monitoring of vehicle movements; two-way text messaging between fleet managers and drivers; integrated GPS navigation that automatically guides drivers to their dispatched jobs; and in-vehicle credit card payment processing with receipt printing. It is deployed as a turnkey, hosted, subscription-based service, including lease of the company's market leading mobile data terminals (MDTs). eFleet is cost-effective to the franchise partner, regardless of fleet size, and results in an immediate return on investment while enabling enhanced customer service.
"We're proud to have been selected by 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to improve the efficiency of their franchise partners' fleet operations," said Ray Fast, President of the eFleetTM Division of Digital Dispatch Systems. "Our goal is to deploy wireless fleet management technologies throughout the waste management industry, and the increasing deployment by 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise partners demonstrates momentum and progress for eFleet."
eFleet is a division of Digital Dispatch Systems Inc. The eFleet system provides dispatching and management functionality for fleets of commercial vehicles. It integrates computer aided wireless dispatch, GPS fleet tracking, GPS navigation, two-way text messaging, and point-of-sale payment processing into a single hosted system that is available as a subscription service. This results in a cost-effective solution to optimize management of any size fleets providing a short payback and strong return on investment.
About Digital Dispatch Systems Inc.
Digital Dispatch Systems Inc. is a worldwide provider of mobile data solutions for fleet and mobile workforce management. Founded in 1987, we have an installed base of 75,000 wireless mobile data devices and nearly 200 wireless data systems in four continents. We offer products and services to manage vehicle fleets and mobile workforces, including dispatch software, wireless communication infrastructure and a range of in-vehicle mobile devices. Visit www.digital-dispatch.com for more information.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? is pioneering an industry that is helping people remove junk, de-clutter, and live cleaner, better lives. Whether it's an old sofa or a pile of junk in the garage, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? removes it for you. Founded in 1989, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? operates in all major metros across North America including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Chicago and California.
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