Collective Data has debuted its new shop management software solution, collectiveShop, to meet the growing demand in the fleet industry.

"Due to current economic conditions many shops have had to do more with less," said Sean Taylor, director of sales at Collective Data. "This product is focused on helping internal shops or managed fleet providers squeeze every last dollar out of their day."

The software was designed to improve efficiency throughout the shop floor, with views based on job description. For example, a supervisor views a quick snap-shot of the work that's in progress, pending or completed at any moment of the day, while a manager or shop foreman has a work assignment view, to assign appropriate tasks. Jobs are tracked on system-based time, giving managers an accurate look at how long jobs take to complete.

"With an innovative new flow process, it allows shop foremen to be more proactive about what is happening in their shop and manage their resources better," said Taylor.

In addition, technicians and parts distribution have their own view of the system. "With the click or push of a few buttons, technicians can clock in and clock out of work, assign themselves to new or other work orders, and record information about the work they have performed," said Jason Wonase, president and software engineer for Collective Data. "Parts managers can better analyze the usage trends of their parts to keep more appropriate amounts in stock, as well as auto generate purchase orders for parts that need to be ordered."

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