The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Onfleet software is how different and unique it is from its competitors. This program offers a totally different route to effective fleet management. The word “hip” may seem odd when describing software for companies. However, that’s what kept ringing during the testing of Onfleet. The program offers a dark-themed interface complemented by a modern design. It’s safe to say that the app is geared towards a system that focuses more on drivers that use their own cars since it does not offer informed vehicle tracking.
Upon registering a vehicle to the app, you will have to respond to a bunch of questions related to the vehicle such as if the vehicle is a truck or car. The program is attractive to trendy urban entrepreneurs compared to industrial fleet managers that run a no-nonsense tight ship. This doesn’t mean the program is for loose-headed individuals who are not serious about their businesses. It just doesn’t sit well with a certain type of the market section that is still keen on the traditionally-styled apps.
In addition, Onfleet also fails to watertight its case as it comes with underlying problems despite presenting a cool surface. The main issue is highlighted by the lack of a detailed vehicle data which tend to be a key deciding factor to many. Moreover, budget-wise, Onfleet is a concern as you would be better off with other programs that offer the same range service for a lot less.
User Interface and Price
Compared to other popular fleet management solutions, Onfleet’s pricing is different – the exact opposite of others. Instead of the common monthly charges per vehicle registered, Onfleet charges according to tasks. For $149 per month, you get the lower-ranked Starter package, which covers 1000 tasks and is billed annually. The downside is that the package offers basic features and doesn’t come with the most sort after functionalities such as route optimization, enabled chats, data analytics of the previous month, as well as ETA. Moreover, if you opt for a month-to-month payment plan, you will have to cough out 50 bucks more.
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Moving on to the Basic plan, users must be ready to spare a whopping $349 per month (billed annually) to cover 2500 tasks. The month-to-month costs $449, which is $100 more. The package includes data analytics for the past 3 months. The Premium plan comes with a monthly price tag of $799 billed annually and $999 if billed monthly. The Premium package covers 5000 tasks and users can enjoy more features, such as barcode scanning, delivery notifications to a dedicated number, as well as data analytics for the past 12 months. Finally, the high-end plan is the Professional, which comes at a fee of $1999 if billed annually or $2499 when billed every month. The plan covers 12500 tasks and comes with white-labelled tracking, as well as a first preference when seeking support service.
As you can see, the pricing structure is a bit complex compared to its competitors. However, when it comes to user-interface, Onfleet stands out. The interface portrays a dark themed environment complemented by a blend of dark colors. Although dark, the interface never feels dull thanks to the modern fonts that promote an environment with the look of a modern social media platform. The dashboard only features two tabs: Manage and Analytics. These are located at the top with other functionalities such as adding of new vehicles shelved in the + icon menu. The interface presents a cool and easy-to-maneuver environment. However, the dark-theme can at times be straining to the eyes.
How to Use Onfleet
Upon launching Onfleet for the first time, you are prompted to create a team which can be made up of your company members. It’s possible to create sectioned teams if you have a couple of branches in different locations. Upon allocating the drivers, you must head over to the settings menu through accessing the gear icon. This is where you will be able to add information concerning drivers, as well as dispatchers. Here, you can also set up communications with drivers, APIs, as well as other applications integrations of your choice.
Vehicle information is disappointing as it is only added under a driver profile. This implies that, according to Onfleet, drivers will not share vehicles at any point. Moreover, there isn’t raw data addressing fuel type or vehicle mileage.
Onfleet has a management module that lets you track drivers on the map in real-time. While on the map, you can view the active tasks assigned to the drivers as well as the dispatchers. This is quite similar to other solutions in the market and we can’t point anything that stands out besides being straightforward. Additionally, while on this section, you can broadcast announcements to your team or launch chats with the staff.
Although Onfleet seems to be providing a straightforward management solution, other platforms deliver more than that by offering not just driver location updates and active tasks but also the health status of the vehicle. Therefore, despite doing a great job in delivering precise updates on your driver’s activities, other fleet management solutions do that and more.
Now, moving on to the other main modular of management, Analytics, this is where both admins, as well as dispatchers, can view the history data concerning the completed tasks and driver information. This allows the user to view visualized graphs for in-depth understanding. Onfleet analytics for drivers utilizes two metrics: distance and time.
Onfleet is a beast in its nature that still has some personal demons to deal with. For starters, having managed to rack quite an impressive platform with so much room for more features, we still can’t point out the logic behind the lack of vehicle analysis tools to monitor its healthy status. To top that, the pricing structure based on tasks is alien to many, making it difficult for an entry-level user to even understand the limits implied. Also, an improvement on the UI will reduce readability issues, to say the least.
This is a highly-priced project with a fair share of customers. Therefore, slicing a little to add on the budget to improve where its lacking shouldn’t be much of a problem. The significant number of customers that the program holds is not due to their lack of knowledge. They represent the better side of the program which includes the modern design complemented by a simplified user-interface. Also, to some, the lack of vehicle monitoring tools might not be much of an issue if the drivers are the ones who own the vehicle. With that said, we don’t think this is a bad platform, especially for a certain type of client. However, it would be better to first check somewhere else if you are looking for a budget-friendly fleet management solution with more to give.
Onfleet Pros and Cons
- Offers a modern design UI
- Offer yearly and monthly based payment plans
- Doesn’t offer vehicle health monitoring tools
- Very expensive compared to its competitors
- Monthly subscription plan is way too expensive
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