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Transportation and Logistics software solutions to boost your business development

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Transport & Logistics

Transportation and Logistics software solutions to boost your business development

Logistics: How to stay competitive in the new normal

Logistics in business means the entire management process of the flow of physical goods, right from the place of manufacture up to the destination point. With this, logistics services have to fully satisfy the ever-growing needs of all the stakeholders, be it suppliers, retailers, or end customers. There are six key components of logistics management:

After carefully scrutinizing project requirements together with Andres, HebronSoft pinned down the following requirements:

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Order processing and fulfilment

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Warehousing and materials handling

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Inventory management

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Shipment and delivery scheduling

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Transportation management

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Route tracking and control

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Financial management (invoices, settlements, integrations with different payment systems and tools)

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Recruitment and staffing (engaging new drivers)

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Customer application, customer databases, clarity of processes and payments

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Logistics is a complex and branched industry that involves multiple activities like procurement, distribution, demand planning, order fulfilment, packaging, freight forwarding and customer service. Here’s where innovative logistics software solutions help you gain a competitive edge.

Transportation modes

Depending on the way the goods are delivered to consumers as well as the means of transport utilized, logistics embraces the following transportation modes:

Ground logistics

The most traditional way of transporting goods via vehicles or cargo trains that includes road transportation and rail transportation services. Software solutions for ground logistics enable:

  • GPS vehicle tracking with shipment geotagging and barcode scanning features
  • Trucking dispatch system to plan and manage truckloads, including LTL (less-than-truckload) shipping
  • Driver mobile applications for navigation and communication
  • Document management and reporting including IFTA reports and ELD data
  • Dynamic route planning and optimization, along with last-mile delivery
  • Business analytics tools for better decision making

Maritime logistics

A bit slower yet reliable means of transportation that fears no traffic jams, and is great for bulk cargo shipping. It comprises marine transportation activities of shipping final products or some parts by sea from one port to another. Software Solutions for maritime logistics allow you to leverage:

  • Geolocation mobile apps and web APIs
  • Fuel consumption forecasts and reports
  • Vessel performance management and reporting
  • Automated shipping and voyage operations
  • Mobile apps for ship-to-shore communication with event-triggered notifications
  • Fixture and chartering management tools

Air logistics

The fastest, albeit quite expensive way of delivery, best suited for long-distance movement of goods. What’s more, air freight forwarding services are the only way out for businesses when it comes to delivering perishable goods like time-critical food produce from a manufacturer to faraway designated warehouses or end customers. Software solutions for air logistics help ensure:

  • Dispatch and air freight management system
  • Flight cost optimization based on weather forecast and other external factors
  • Automated routing and scheduling
  • Crew management software
  • Freight forwarding software
  • ETA (estimated time of arrival) and ETD (estimated time of departure) data processing with automated e-AWB (air waybill) generation

Mixed logistics

A combination of two or more means of transportation mentioned above. Using the mix of different freight transport comes in handy with complex and multiple points of destination that require dynamic route planning with last-mile delivery. Logistics management systems (LMS) for mixed types are a good fit for any transportation mode as they provide you with:

  • Transportation management system (TMS)
  • Account management software
  • Warehouse management system (WMS)
  • Supply chain management (SCM) solutions
  • Geospatial and navigation mobile applications
  • Real-time cargo asset monitoring and performance control
  • Automated reporting and BI tools

Why opt for logistics software: The prospects for profitable growth and advancement

Logistics is amid the sectors with the highest potential in today’s world. According to an AMR survey, the logistics market is expected to reach $12.97 billion by 2027 (6.5% growth in comparison with 2020). The global trading volumes and globalization processes are on the rise; this is why supply chain and logistics companies undergo an essential increase. On the other hand, the industry’s high potential invites new players, and the level of competition skyrockets.
Up-to-date companies need to leverage innovative solutions to overcome competitors. Forbes statistics show that innovative solutions are the only way to succeed in the industry. Furthermore, the experts predict the increase of digital ecosystems’’ influence from 2% to 30% by the end of 2025. Innovative software solutions and the logistics sector are interdependent on the current level of the sector development.

Top benefits of adopting logistics software solutions

What can logistics software solutions enable your business with?

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GPS tracking of your vehicles. Poor efficiency control over the vehicle park is among the primary logistics issues. Software solutions help monitor all your trucks to keep track of every stage of transport movement.

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Choose the most effective routes. Inappropriate choice of a delivery route may lead to extra expenses, while innovative software solutions rely on a set of factors to map the best route.

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Control fuel consumption rate. Modern solutions enable business owners and managers to monitor fuel consumption and avoid unnecessary fuel usage.

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Provide the highest level of security for drivers. Software solutions may inform managers about drivers’ fatigue and minimize the downtime. As such, innovations are able to prevent both car accidents and extra expenses.

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Predict the load of warehouses. Recent innovations are effective from the viewpoint of a warehouse load prediction to cut your trucks’ idle time and provide the optimal flow of demand and supply.

Mike Walker

FORBES COUNCILS MEMBER

Over the next five to 10 years, the effects of these disruptions will usher in a wave of digital transformation for both the supply chain and logistics industries fueled by digital ecosystems.