The only thing field services business owners in Missouri need to say, “show me the opportunity,” and it’s theirs for the taking. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the Show-Me State such a prime place to do business.
Missouri Boasts a Diverse Economy Ideal for a Workforce-on-Wheels
While hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities account for 4.2% of the Missouri’s total GDP, making it the largest industry in the state (247WallSt.com), there are over 505,000 small businesses in the state of Missouri employing over 1.1 million workers. The three most common industries for small employer firms in the state are health care and social assistance, other services (except public admin.), and construction (SBA.gov).
Of particular interest to field services businesses, it’s no surprise that (according to MissouriPartnership.com) other top industries include:
- Manufacturing – Missouri exports more than $6.8 billion in advanced manufacturing products to more than 180 countries every year.
- Logistics – The state’s central location allows companies to reach more than 50% of the continental U.S. within a 1-day drive, and most of the rest within two.
- Agriculture – Missouri’s agriculture industry contributes $33 billion in GDP to Missouri’s economy, and generates $88 billion in sales and more than 378,000 jobs.
It’s clear that commercial fleets across the state are extremely busy! But what’s more, Missouri’s 6 million-plus residents need a variety of services provided by field services businesses and what their company vehicles deliver.
Fast Facts on Missouri Highways
So let’s take a quick look at the roads that take Missouri field services employees around town and some of the hazards they’re facing:
- Missouri has 123,039 miles of public roads and 1,178 miles of Interstate highway. (Bureau of Transportation Statistics)
- In 2014, there were 2,060 personal injury crashes and 97 fatal crashes involving commercial motor vehicles in Missouri. (Missouri State Highway Patrol)
- Distracted driving laws in Missouri are less strict than in most states: they include a ban on texting for novice drivers, but there is no ban on texting for all drivers. (DMV.com)
Why are Missouri Field Services Businesses Plugging Into Fleet Telematics Solutions?
Missouri field services business owners and fleet managers are using fleet telematics solutions to help them:
Take control of vehicle maintenance. We’ve established that logistics is a key industry in Missouri, making effective fleet management a critical piece of business success. Vehicle telematics tools deliver insights into vehicle health that fleet managers can use to stay on top of regular vehicle check-ups and servicing as well as take action in-the-moment.
For instance, they can set notifications informing them when a vehicle’s battery is low, when the check engine light comes on, or when the coolant temperature reaches its threshold. They can also get alerts when a company vehicle is speeding or is suspected to be in an accident. Why leave these important maintenance and safety considerations to chance when technology is available to keep you in-the-know?
Reduce distracted driving. If field services technicians are using smartphones while driving, they’re putting their lives—and the lives of others—at risk. Telematics tools give fleet managers details into vehicle and driver events that they can use to develop safety programs and training agendas, not to mention address behaviors (e.g. speeding and driving off course) and even accidents in real-time.
Manage fleets across multiple regional business locations. Headquartered in Union, Missouri, Automile customer hth companies, inc., provides construction services to commercial and industrial customers throughout the Midwest. Fleet Supervisor Chuck Lamb had a hard time keeping track of the multiple vehicles belonging to the various company divisions that work out of multiple cities in the Midwest.
They’ve adopted Automile to help them monitor the whereabouts of their fleet, using live map tracking to see which vehicles are on-site, which ones are at job sites, or if any vehicles have deterred from their destinations. Their investment has more than paid off. Since they started using Automile, they estimate their annual fuel cost savings to be in the ballpark of $7,000- $10,000—and that’s not including the peace of mind they have always knowing where each vehicle is located and the impact that has on serving customers more efficiently. Learn more in Business Spotlight: hth companies, inc. Shares The Importance Of Strategically Prioritizing Fleet Health.
Missouri Field Services Resources
These organizations want to help your field service business succeed:
- America’s SBCD eLearning Missouri provides new and existing businesses in Missouri with web-based educational resources.
- America’s SBCD Missouri provides new and existing businesses in Missouri with consulting and development services.
- Various Missouri SCORE offices provide free counsel and guidance to Missouri entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their businesses.
- Missouri Small Business Association empowers the small businesses community with education, networking opportunities, support resources, and information about public policy.
- Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers support Missouri businesses in every stage of growth by providing professional analysis and consultancy services and technology resources.
- Missouri State Highway Patrol provides an extensive list of resources for commercial vehicle managers in the state.
- US Small Business Administration’s 2016-2017 Resource Guide for Small Businesses, St. Louis Edition
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