Five Efficient Ways to Integrate An LMS Into Your Business
Let’s face the truth! Technology is infiltrating even the most basic industries – and the landscaping business is not exempt. In fact, landscaping companies that want to stay competitive must start to utilize all of the tech tools available to them. Successful implementation of landscape management software and some these new technologies can be achieved in a multitude of ways. Here are five of the most noteworthy:
Add a Tablet to the Standard Employee Toolkit
Naturally, you include all the physical tools that are needed by your landscaping crew but a single tablet may be the most valuable of all. A tablet delegated to the team leader assigned to each project can go a long way towards making the completion of a project far easier, more timely and therefore more affordable. It can also increase your bottom line by more effectively deploying human and physical assets. In short, your customer will pay less while you will still earn more. It is a win-win situation for both your company and your customers.
Also, Include a Hotspot Device
A tablet or other connected device is only as good as its resources. While downloaded information is worthwhile, continually updated information is far more valuable. The use of a mobile hotspot will keep the device and your team updated with the latest available information. In fact, they will be able to do everything from finding out when supplies are due to be delivered to where they should report the next day. It’s not rocket science but it is a highly efficient way to conduct a landscaping business.
Use It To Communicate Regularly With Your Team
Changing circumstances can definitely interrupt the workday when it comes to running a landscaping business. In some cases, a special situation needs to be dealt with immediately while in others customers simply change their minds about a particular project and employees must be informed of the fact. In either case, utilizing landscape management software in the field is an ideal way to communicate these facts to the relevant employees without spending a lot of time on the phone.
Provide Continually Updated Inventories
Knowing whether or not needed materials are available can mean the difference between finishing a project on schedule or having to extend it by a day or two while your landscaping teams wait for the necessary items. It is essential for the smooth running of your operation to keep on top of deliveries and enter them into the landscape management software – whether you do this yourself or delegate the task to a subordinate is entirely up to you. Just get it done
Provide an Automated Interface
Probably the best feature of integrating an LMS into your business is its ability to communicate on an automated basis with your landscape teams without your immediate presence. Not only will this feature grant your employees a far greater deal of autonomy – a very good thing for a busy landscape company owner – but will also allow you to spend more time outdoors doing the tasks that you really want to do.
Implementing a landscape management system can be a tremendously empowering event. For more information on these powerful technological tools and on the most efficient ways to integrate them into your company’s technological infrastructure, please contact us at ProfitLion. We can be found online at www.ProfitLion.com or reached directly at 412.539.1187.