Lite | Free for Life
Pro | $15 AUD / user / month
Pro + | $35 AUD /user / month
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How does Loc8 compare with other Operations Management apps?
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As companies grow to meet the increasing demand of their customers, maintaining a firm handle on assets can become a challenge. Lumping all of your facilities, trucks, equipment and other assets into a spreadsheet can create more problems than it solves. In the modern economy, companies need a streamlined asset management solution, and Loc8 offers that and much more.
By combining a powerful web interface with apps for popular mobile device platforms like iOS and Android, Loc8 wants to connect every part of your business, from headquarters to every employee in the field.
There are a number of existing services that solve the same problems that Loc8 does, but what makes the app so unique is that it combines so many different functions under a single roof. At the fundamental level, it seeks to streamline what the developers call the Service Supply Chain. However, taken as a whole, Loc8 does much more, by integrating asset organization with help desk and maintenance management. After signing into the web app, your content is divided up into several workspaces.
Two main asset workspaces are available, one which allows robust searches and the other which helps you understand how depreciation is affecting those assets. The asset explorer view offers a grid that helps organize everything based on a number of user-defined categories, and filter your view by statuses such as present location. Searches are powerful, and will find matches across all of your data.
Companies of all sizes face the challenge of keeping track of growing assets’ locations, changing values, and maintenance schedules. There are a number of solutions that address these issues, but what is so intriguing about Loc8 is the expanded set of features that helps a company do much more, and the tight integration that it offers.
The web and mobile apps makes this a versatile solution for a variety of industries. It can potentially replace a number of apps you may already use, and depending on the nature of your business, could be the only asset tool you will need.
Pulling up the inspector window presents you with a wealth of information. For physical sites, you can add an address (and GPS coordinates), see associated work orders and schedules, and get contact information. For assets like furniture or equipment, you can add fields like purchase price and date, warranty information, and much more. The depreciation explorer takes your asset database and adds a number of fields, such as purchase value and rate of depreciation, in order to help you stay aware of how much longer you can anticipate getting the most out of your assets.
With Loc8, you have full control over your asset maintenance tasks due to its ability to automatically notify you of key operational activities and overdue service commitments without you having to lift a finger. You can also configure customer communications according to your needs.
The maintenance view is also quite useful. Of particular convenience is the way the app differentiates between reactive and preventative issues. When you input an asset that requires, say, monthly maintenance, you will be alerted to that matter as needed. The developers have a deep interest in mapping and geospatial information systems (GIS), and that translates well into Loc8. The app uses a proximity algorithm to dispatch work orders in an efficient way to minimize costs. Other resource tools include unified address and contact book, relationship management, and subcontractor management. All of this integrates seamlessly with a number of third-party services, including SAP, Quicken, Twitter, Facebook, Salesforce, and more.
As a service geared towards keeping your business organized in the field, Loc8 has developed a tightly-integrated set of mobile apps. Rather than simply creating a mobile version of the web interface, the apps are optimized for small screens and loaded with location-specific features.
In addition to having access to asset management tools, users of the mobile apps can create and view tasks and sub-tasks to help organize their work. This would be very practical for various use-cases, such as repair professionals who need to make several stops around a city every day. Like the web interface, organization is key, and the mobile app allows robust filtering. You can manage tasks and work orders quickly by filtering based on what is due on site, high priority, last updated, and more. The map view helps you visualize where you are in relation to the work you need to get done.
Push notifications can be enabled for a number of alerts. Managers can send messages about changes in a work order, and they can see where workers are based on the mobile device’s location.
Loc8 offers multiple integrations, they are continuously growing their integration options and are open to customer suggestions. Through Loc8’s API’s, integration is available with Xero, QuickBooks, Zapier and Workato.
Loc8′s pricing structure offers several tiers to accommodate the diverse needs of prospective users, and their roles within their organizations. Four main pricing subdivisions are broken down by the edition that each user has access to. Lite | Free for Life Best for small field service teams and tradesmen who require the most economical job management solution
Pro | $15 AUD/user/month Best for medium to large service teams who require a complete Field Service and Asset Management solution
Pro + | $35 AUD/user/month Best for medium to large service teams who require an advanced Field Service and Asset Management solution
Unlimited | Contact Loc8 Team Best for large service teams who require extended support and advanced integrations