UK rental company Nixon Hire has reported a 20% improvement in productivity for its mobile work force after it started using JobWatch technology from BigChange Apps.

Nixon said it had also transformed its customer service using the Mobile Workforce Management solution, with a 10% increase in on time arrivals and a 5% increase in the number of jobs completed at first attempt.

JobWatch from BigChange Apps offers a paperless way to plan, manage, schedule and track Nixon’s mobile workforce. This web-based platform combines back office software, mobile apps, fleet management and real-time vehicle tracking in one simple to use system.

“With the support of JobWatch, every one of our fitters has boosted their productivity by around 20%,” said Graham Wood, group logistics manager at Nixon Hire.

“This allows us to further absorb company growth and efficiently deploy the current resources we have before we look at recruiting additional resources. We get to where we need to be, when we need to be there, and we do what we say we are going to.”

Since the introduction of JobWatch, Nixon said paper forms and schedules had been replaced with automated electronic workflows that ensure the back office is completely in sync with the mobile workforce.

Nixon Hire’s engineers and delivery drivers receive work orders instantly via the JobWatch smartphone app, ensuring they have to hand all the necessary information to complete the delivery, service call or collection. This is also reducing the requirement to return to the depot to collect work order paperwork or order parts.

The JobWatch solution, which links to Nixon Hire’s existing MCS-rm hire management system, has also allowed Nixon Hire to centralise the booking of service and maintenance requests. This gives customers a single point of contact. Work orders can be allocated intelligently – taking into account engineer skills, proximity and existing jobs, for example, minimising customer wait times and ensuring first time fix.

BigChange founder and CEO Martin Port said, “JobWatch is adding tremendous value and return on investment for Nixon Hire, and the results really speak for themselves. The system has given the company a truly flexible and scalable solution that is a real source of competitive advantage.”

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