The world is changing at a pace that’s amazing but capable to drown businesses that are lagging behind in spontaneous innovations. There are technology trends in transportation and logistics that must be followed. Technology has taken center stage of this rapid change, with modern technological advancements disrupting the way most industries are operated. The transport and logistics sector is one of the most hit by the disruption, with the last few years being characterized by a series of inventions that are breathtaking.
The evolution of technology is pushing the boundaries and changing how the world does business. Today, we’re accustomed to everything being online and right at our fingertips for immediate access. Improved technology has also increased productivity in the supply chain, minimizing costs and errors. These advances benefit all areas of the logistics industry: trucking transportation, international transportation (ocean and air), supply chain management, and shipment tracking.
Apart from trendy websites and regular software, we can assist by providing various custom made solutions. Some of those have been mentioned below.
Logistics Management Software
Logistics Management Software (LMS) simplifies operations by refining the production cycle and making it easier to access important information quickly. What a logistics management software does is help businesses manage the multifarious process that goes into the production cycle from the delivery of raw materials to shipping the finished products to the consumers. With the use of logistics software, the entire base of logistical operations can be streamlined that takes away all the hassles involved in the process. Organizations that invested in logistics management software have produced good end results with noticeable improvements in process, operations, and delivery.
Our Logistics Management Software gets rid of all the conventional approaches like paperwork and spreadsheets to simplify management. It comes in three variations such as warehouse management systems, enterprise resource planning systems, and integrated supply chain management suites. Logistics management constitutes several functions such as production planning, sourcing, procurement, packaging, and dispatching. It also involves finding the right means to deliver goods and services to the end-user. Inbound and outbound traffic is vital in logistics management.
Shipment Tracking Systems
Previously, customers booked shipments, received an estimated delivery date and then were left in the dark, unless they decided to make a phone call. Today, internet and software advances allow customers access to shipping and tracking systems 24/7. Not only does this enhance the user experience, but it saves time and money for the company as well. Cerbosys offers a shipment tracking system tailored for our customers that allows them to monitor and manage their shipments. It features shipment notifications and messages, customizable reporting, and customer accounts with information specific to the cargo destined to them.
Internet of Things (IoT) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
RFID technology, which has also been in use for a few years, is a popular labor-saving way company can track their inventory. A tag or sensor is placed on the product and radio waves are sent out. The data is then received and processed by the company. Similar to RFID tags are barcodes, but the superior speed of information delivery and data processing of RFIDs is more appealing to businesses and the way technology is moving. Today, many companies are using RFID tags in their distribution warehouses to monitor containers. Other industries are already using RFID tags, such as the apparel industry and major theme parks.
Autonomous Trucks and Drones
A world where a computer drives you from Point A to Point B or you receive a package from a flying unmanned aerial vehicle sounds like something out of a movie, but that is where we’re headed. Autonomous cars are already a reality with trucks not too far behind. Embark and Uber have already made long hauls using autonomous trucks, with Tesla releasing a truck this year. While it wasn’t completely driverless, with a driver in the passenger seat to monitor the computer, it is a huge step in this breakthrough technology and has the potential to increase efficiency in the delivery process.
Amazon has announced the future of packages being delivered right to doorstep by drones, called Amazon Prime Air. Drones deliveries are still a few years out due to regulatory measures and associated costs, but the thought of not having to sit around during a four-hour time span waiting for a package is pretty appealing.
Enhanced GPS Accuracy
Long gone are the days when you printed out directions from the computer before you left the house. Now almost everyone uses GPS, whether built-in on their vehicles or on their cellphones. The accuracy of these devices has drastically increased throughout the years, not only helping frustrated, lost drivers but also improving the supply chain. The advanced accuracy of GPS allows for increased productivity and satisfied customers, by tracking trucks’ locations and improving hauls through access to updated traffic data.