Digit Fleet Management Solutions has notched up more than 14 years in business, built an impressive network of over 115 active franchise operations across South Africa, and plan to double this capacity in the next five years.
“Digit caters for fleet owners who want more control over their business vehicles and drivers, whilst improving their efficiency and customer service. Digit is a one-stop solution for anyone who owns vehicles which they do not drive themselves. Our system includes forensic tracking, diesel monitoring and on-board camera solutions – there is nothing more a fleet owner would want”, says Lee Bester, Franchise Development (HQ). “It is the only vehicle tracking and fleet management service provider of its kind and size in South Africa that offers services to its clients through independently owned branches, with the franchisor only acting as the supplier of the technology”.
Today, GPS and cellular communications form part of everyday life, so understanding the basis of the technology employed by Digit is not rocket science, but it is the advanced features they offer that place them at the forefront of this ever-developing technology.
Digit Fleet and Fuel Management provide a full spectrum of digital solutions for the logistics, trucking and consumer market to reduce loss or mitigate risk. Digit’s high-end technology offers superb quality hardware ranging from Mobile DVR systems to allow video recording and live streaming of vehicles, drivers and occupants.
The product range has also been extended to include the renowned DFuel system which is a comprehensive fuel measuring solution that monitors fuel levels in vehicles and storage facilities, to control and reduce fuel theft. It is capable of reporting fuel levels live, 24 hours a day, with updates arriving at your desktop within mere seconds after being measured.
The cost of turnkey franchise starts at R450 000 excluding Vat. No royalties, marketing fees or management fees are payable. This investment includes: The right to use and operate under the Digit brand and concept; access to intellectual property and information; full owner and staff training and on-going training content; initial legal costs; full Digit vehicle branding for two vehicles; a fully operational website and email domain; a laptop; a marketing kit including two sets of business cards and various items of apparel and collateral; a standard tool kit and start-up stock. Investors should make provision for working capital of approximately R50 000–R100 000. Simple formulas are provided which assist in calculating the viability of the business plan.
Franchisees procure products from Digicell (HQ) and re-sell them together with installation and support to their customers. Franchisees benefit from recurring income which means a deal made today remains lucrative for many years to come.
Training and support on offer
Heading up the training and dealer development department, Lee Bester prides himself on the high level of training and support offered. Over the last 14 years, Digit has perfected the start-up process for opening a new branch. Digit HQ capitalises on their experiences and lessons learned to fast track franchisees to the required momentum, to enjoy the returns on their investment.
With only a few days’ training new franchisees can hit the ground running. Digit fundamentally is a very easy business to start up and succeed in, if you follow the proven training and guidance given. Like any other business, it requires hard work and perseverance, but the rewards are exciting and long lasting.
Franchisees benefit from a skilled management team that offers hands-on assistance and support, excellent financial discipline, critical thinking, creativity, industry expertise and a strong desire to help others succeed.
To further assist dealers in building their business, lead-generating systems are in place to identify customers by area.
Are you our next franchisee?
Potential franchisees should be hungry and passionate about building a successful business.
The Digit franchise is perfect for entrepreneurial-minded individuals that have an interest in the automotive industry and a fair grasp of current technology with a desire to stay ahead.
The ability to go out and build relationships to local clients in your area will be the key to your success.
Looking into the future
Clearly, this is a business that has a solid future ahead. Digit continues to evolve, to keep up with changing trends and market developments.
Digit intends to introduce five more independent products and is extending its’ marketing efforts to grow the brand and customer base. It plans to increase its’ server and IT infrastructure with more than R10m investment in the next 12 months alone.
Multiple mini-training conferences will be hosted in each province to launch new products, to assist with development, and to help grow each branch.
Digit also plans to expand into the rest of Africa and beyond, and to offer Master License opportunities in East and West Africa. “There are opportunities for anyone who has the appetite for a new and rewarding challenge and we welcome anyone wishing to enjoy the opportunities at hand,” says Bester.
“The economic climate in South Africa has undergone a massive shift in the past six months. One should not look at the situation and assume that all is bad, because if everything stays the same, then nothing changes. Opportunities don’t appear out of nowhere, you have to create them and then use them the best you can,” ends Digicell founder and CEO Rordon Cowley.
What DIGIT’S franchisees have to say:
Johan De Villiers
How many years have you been a Digit franchise owner? 12 years, since 2008.
What did you do before Digit? I was in the retail industry. I studied hotel management and worked in the Food & Beverage industry.
Do you consider the business financially viable and sustainable? Yes, very.
What is your view on all the different solutions Digit has to offer? Vehicle tracking is a great industry, but my focus is not on the recovery side of the business. The better solution Digit has on offer is the fuel management aspect of the business. We can really offer a solution that works, as well as save our customers money and time with this product. Another great solution is our Digit DCAM. Live video footage to put our customers in the driver seat. The products are great and reliable.
Would you do anything different if you could start all over again? No.
Contact Johan De Villiers on 082 448 7261 or visit: www.digitweb.co.za.
How many years have you been a Digit franchise owner? 7 Months.
What did you do before Digit? I worked as a Franchisee Business Consultant/ Regional Manager for Roman’s Pizza, Scholar Transport Operator and Property development and prior to that, I was a KFC Area Manager for 17 years.
Do you consider the business financially viable and sustainable? Definitely – like any great business one has to get the basics right. If you give service and great product like Digit does, the opportunities are endless.
What is your view on all the different solutions Digit has to offer? Digit stands out from ordinary Fleet management companies in that we offer solutions that are relevant in the market. We don’t dictate what service the customers must get, but rather work around their business needs, to stay ahead of their competitors.
Would you do anything different if you could start all over again? Yes, I would start earlier!
Contact Aubrey Nakene on 076 446 1546 or visit: www.digitmlt.co.za.
How many years have you been a Digit franchise owner? 6 Years.
What did you do before Digit? Scholar and supported my family in business from the age of 15.
Do you consider the business financially viable and sustainable? Digit is a viable business proposition for every Fleet owner/Manager, especially now. The business model is rewarding and definitely sustainable as a result of the continuous support from within the group, continuous product improvement and distributor accountability.
What is your view on all the different solutions Digit has to offer? The Digit FMS product solution offers the industry a comprehensive fleet and fuel control system enabling the fleet owner to take control of their business through tracking and monitoring.
Solutions include; DFuel and DBowser that provide real time fuel levels from supply to consumption; DCam and AI systems allows continuous visibility of a driver, goods and assets activity in transit; DTemp is a nice add-on to monitor mobile temperature in the cold chain; AJAX security systems for Office, yard and activity control.
Finally the Cut out option available on any tracking system provide fleet owners and distributors with a degree of peace-of-mind.
Contact Stoffel Buitendach on 083 321 1112 or visit: www.digitE.co.za.
How many years have you been a Digit franchise owner? We are in our 3rd year of owning the franchise.
What did you do before Digit? I was in the banking industry.
Do you consider the business financially viable and sustainable? Yes it is – it provides more control for financial growth. What you put into it is what you will get out of it. I also like the residual income element of it.
What is your view on all the different solutions Digit has to offer? The solutions are matched to the needs of the industry and appropriately priced. They are quality products that are backed up by the individualised service that is provided by the franchise owners.
Would you do anything different if you could start all over again? No, this is a perfect business opportunity and the kind of business I was looking to be involved in.
Contact Nat Mabetwa on 066 337 0003, 012 653 3201 or visit: www.digitsync.co.za.
How many years have you been a Digit franchise owner? ± 8 years.
What did you do before Digit? I was in the security and capital finance industry.
Do you consider the business financially viable and sustainable? Very much so.
What is your view on all the different solutions Digit has to offer? I am concentrating more on the fuel management and camera solutions.
Would you do anything different if you could start all over again? Yes, I would join Digit earlier.
Contact John Kenyon on 082 554 5047 or visit: www.dtfms.co.za.