Fleet Summit 2021

We asked our Business Development Manager Patrick about his experience at his first Fleet Summit!


Hi Patrick! Thanks for agreeing to take part in our blog. We can’t wait to hear about your time at the 2021 Fleet Summit. Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi, yes. I’m Patrick Hewitt. Simplytrak’s Business Development Manager. I’ve been with the Simplytrak team since April 2021.

So, tell us! How was your first ever Fleet Summit? Was it as expected?

It was actually better than expected! I had interesting conversations with everybody that visited the stand. You’re able to meet with direct potential customers – who want to do business with you, they’re looking for the solutions Simplytrak have. It was interesting.

The event was also really organised. The team did an amazing job ensuring both exhibitors and those visiting the stand were kept safe. So, well done to those guys!

During your time at the Fleet Summit, did you find the requirements of the fleet industry had changed due to the Pandemic?

Not necessarily. The world is continually evolving and therefore the telematics industry needs to too. The brilliant thing about Simplytrak is that we’re always two steps ahead. Always. Hence SimplySecure.

Ah, Simplytrak’s newest solution. Can you tell us more?

Sure! SimplySecure has been designed with the world’s largest courier operator. It’s the solution the courier industry has been searching for. Designed to prevent vehicle theft, SimplySecure stops the driver ever leaving the keys in the ignition. Whenever the driver’s door is opened with the keys in the ignition, the horn will sound, hazard lights will flash, and the vehicle is instantly immobilised. The vehicle cannot be stolen.

It’s something I would recommend to anybody in the courier industry.

It would be great to know what conversations you had during your time at the summit. Is there anything memorable you can share with us?

I had some really, really good conversations. G45 was particularly interesting. What they were looking for was completely niche. But something Simplytrak can nevertheless deliver. Quite honestly, all the conversations were interesting. I spoke to the likes of John Lewis, East Riding Council, Chichester District Council, Amey…the list goes on.

All were looking for a range of different solutions and features, but I found one of the biggest and unique selling points that Simplytrak were able to offer was our driver training feature on the Simplytrak Scorecard. We were able to show them how to save on their fuel consumption, create safer and better driving environments for their drivers etc. They all seemed to be very interested.

From the conversations had, how do you believe Simplytrak can help the fleet industry?

Trust in Simplytrak! Our solutions come with standard features that are anything but standard. We aren’t here just to track your assets. By partnering with Simplytrak, you’re protecting your future.

Interested in learning more about Simplytrak’s solutions? Download our July 2021 eBook here:

How does it work?

The feature works using signals sent from our tracking devices to the vehicles Electrical Control Unit. These signals tell the vehicle to open or close the central locking.

What are the benefits?

The Remote Door Locking feature ensures the security of your vehicles and their contents, also ease of use if the vehicle breaks down and has to be left unattended. Better yet, when paired with Simplytrak’s Vehicle Immobilisation system the user has a full package of vehicle security. Our Remote Door Locking feature can be installed into almost any vehicle and can even help with hygiene during the Coronavirus pandemic.

How can it help during the Coronavirus pandemic?

When used with a lease company, Remote Door Locking allows the customer service team to unlock the vehicle from the office and have zero direct contact with the client. Paperwork can be pre-arranged and left on the driver’s seat. The vehicle can be sanitised ready for a new driver and keys can be left in the glove box in a sealed bag.

Who is Remote Door Locking aimed at?

Remote Door Locking was developed with delivery companies in mind, as these businesses have the highest rates of theft when leased or left unattended. Simplytrak’s feature takes this worry away, ensuring the safety of any goods left inside the vehicle when not immediately secured. Remote Door Locking is useful to all kinds of customers and can be installed into almost any vehicle!

Contact us today to hear more about our market leading solutions and features.

Although retailers have had to close their shops due to Covid-19, Black Friday sales are bigger than ever and set to continue online. Brands have even began pushing their Black Friday deals as far as a month before the day!

Covid-19 and shopping

Research by Scurri shows a 74% growth in online shopping since the Covid-19 pandemic.  45% of UK adults say they have received more parcel deliveries since the pandemic than ever before.

Increased competition amongst brands suggests that this Black Friday is set to be the biggest in history! 85% of UK customers are already planning to shop for Black Friday this year and according to reports, sales this Black Friday are expected to increase by at least 14% compared to last year.

Black Friday 2020

With the overall increase in online shopping, couriers offering more flexible delivery times and the fact that this year’s Black Friday is going to happen whilst we are in lockdown, companies are expecting a surge in orders. Because of this, reports predict a rise in vehicle emissions.

Companies are hiring extra drivers to cope with the demand for next day delivery. This year around 5 times the daily volume of orders are expected to be placed. Companies are preparing for the expected increase in Black Friday orders – creating a higher demand for couriers.

Make sure your vehicles are secured and tracked, contact us for a quote today.

What is FORS?

FORS stands for Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. It is a voluntary accreditation scheme aiming to raise the quality level within fleet operations. The scheme makes sure companies manage their work-related road risk – exceeding the industry standard.

What are the benefits for fleet operators?

Being accredited helps transform a business by helping them stand out from the crowd. Through the accreditation process fleets improve road safety, increase environmental awareness by reducing fuel emissions and improve fuel efficiency. FORS helps operators remain compliant with the latest regulations and gain greater industry intelligence through insights and networking opportunities.

How can operators gain accreditation?

Operators can gain a bronze accreditation by showing good business practice and complying with FORS standard requirements. To achieve silver accreditation, operators must maintain a bronze accreditation and fleets must be compliant with the Standard for Construction Logistics.

What can fleet operators do to gain Gold accreditation? 

To achieve a gold accreditation, operators must perform best industry practice measures and demonstrate meaningful improvements against the baseline data gathered for a silver accreditation.

How can FORS boost fleet efficiency?

Recorded data is key for operators to perform and identify key areas of improvements in fleet efficiency. Members can use FORS fleet management tools to help collate data on fuel consumption, emissions and fleet incidents all of which can help to understand where chances in efficiency can be made.

How can telematics services, such as Simplytrak’s, help operators gain and maintain FORS accreditation? 

Simplytrak’s tracking platform is a major asset to any new or existing member of FORS, using modern algorithms to accurately calculate fuel usage, emissions, collision reports, vehicle operation hours and video footage from our witness cameras.

All play a vital role in the progress from Bronze to Gold. Our data logging servers are cloud based ensuring any historical vehicle data will always be at hand.

Simplytrak can tailor any of our packages to suit your fleets needs. We offer a variety of extras such as temperature probes, fluid level sensors, driver ID interfaces plus many more.

Get in touch with us today to find out more and see how we can help you.

Using custom maps and high accuracy zoning created specifically for Exeter Airport, the management team can monitor all AIM-equipped vehicles on a screen and can receive alerts when vehicles are speeding, braking harshly or about to enter incursion boundaries.

A low visibility procedure (LVP) mode can be activated during adverse weather conditions at the click of a mouse, ensuring stricter safety operations can be performed and new wider incursion boundaries are used.

What is a runway incursion?

A runway incursion is defined as “any occurrence at an aerodrome involving the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle or person on the protected area of a surface designated for the landing and take-off of aircraft”. AIM is designed to reduce these instances and increase airfield safety.

Runway incursions can occur whenever there is a breakdown in communications or situational awareness at an airport. They can be caused by pilots, air traffic controllers, vehicle operators, or people working on an airfield, regardless of their level of training or experience.

How does the system work?

The AIM system provides airports with a full suite of alerts, alarms and reports that highlights potentially dangerous activities. It also verifies compliance checks and provides the CAA inspectors with full visual playback along with a download of the airside fleet inspection and maintenance activity.

Our CEO Andrew Johnson said: “We’re delighted that Exeter Airport (who are part of the Regional & City Airports Group) have decided go ahead with a full installation of the AIM system following a successful trial. Runway incursions can lead to serious accidents so it’s great to see airports taking steps to reduce the likelihood of such incidents occurring.”

Exeter Airport started their trial in July 2018 and are planning to install the AIM system in across their airside vehicle fleet.

During the trial, we worked with the airport to customise the user interface for the airports particular requirements and the demonstration offered to the management team enabled them to amend their own airside geofence zones to suit their needs.

Exeter Airport has joined Doncaster Sheffield and Durham Tees Valley as the latest UK airport to adopt the AIM system. It’s also currently in advanced trials at Cork and East Midlands airports.