Whether you’re running a logistics business yourself, use transport companies to move your products, or are an interested consumer, it’s good to know that technology is having a positive impact in the busy logistics sector these days.
Now, affordable software and firmware products are available that helps companies with fleets deliver things on time, safely, and for lower costs. This is, in turn, leading to more profitable ventures. There are five key ways technology is helping to deliver better outcomes in the logistics field right now.
Reducing Risks when Carrying Hazardous or Fragile Goods
The whole point of logistics firms is to deliver packages in one piece to their destination. While this doesn’t happen 100 percent of the time, thanks to new tech tools, it’s now a little easier to increase the odds of success.
For example, companies can make use of helpful impact sensors and indicators placed, in particular, on hazardous or fragile goods, to prompt drivers and other parties to handle the items with care. Plus, the signs and displays also show if substances within dangerous parcels have come loose, become damaged, or otherwise changed in a way that makes them riskier to open or handle.
To cut costs and increase safety logistics businesses also want to keep an eye on the behavior of their drivers. They can do this more effectively by using technology products to get insights into the number of hours drivers work per shift and per week. Doing this can help them ensure drivers aren’t breaking any rules and driving when unsafe.
Also, driver monitoring gives logistics firms data about the speeds vehicles travel and if any dangerous driving behavior is shown, such as breaking the speed limit or other road rules. The tech also indicates if drivers have any unauthorized stops along their journeys and if they waste gas by stopping and starting unnecessarily.
Better Route Planning
To get parcels delivered more speedily, and cut costs from gas usage and vehicle wear and tear, logistics companies are always looking for ways to ensure their drivers take the most efficient routes to destinations. Today, this job is easier than ever due to GPS equipment and related computer-based gear. The technology shows businesses the quickest routes on any given day, based on the best combination of the shortest and fastest options.
Plus, drivers receive updates as they proceed along the route so they can alter their course if hazards such as road work or car crashes suddenly arise. This handy information is sent directly to smartphones, GPS gadgets, or related devices. Furthermore, drivers don’t have to stress about getting lost, as they only need to follow the routes mapped out for them on their tech tools.
Tracking Parcels in Real-Time
Consumers today are used to receiving a huge amount of data, much of it in real-time. As such, they expect the same kind of transparency when it comes to parcel deliveries. This means logistics firms need to give their customers up to date information about where parcels are and detailed information on estimated delivery times.
Not only is this kind of 24/7 tracking expected now, but it also makes life easier for logistics companies. Rather than having to field constant queries on email or phone etc. about where parcels are and when they’ll arrive, businesses can set up tech devices (GPS and other systems) to automatically update customers with the latest information as it becomes available. This means less time and money spent on customer service staff and less double handling of data.
Also, if delays do occur in transit, technology is there to alert all relevant parties at once, automatically. This includes not only customers, but also anyone working in the logistics business that needs to find out about delays, such as office employees who need to use the information to re-route drivers, put on more transport services, or take other actions. Better communication helps everyone involved.
Improved Vehicle Maintenance
Since having vehicles running well is one of the main components of a successful logistics business, firms in this arena continually look for ways to improve vehicle maintenance. Technology is lending a helping hand here, and assisting companies cut costs and reduce the downtime of their trucks and vans.
Predictive maintenance tools are set up to analyze vehicle performance remotely. They can work out when a vehicle needs to be serviced and alert relevant employees to the matter. This results in fewer risks of vehicles breaking down when in transit plus increases to the working life of valuable automotive assets.
Technology may have its downsides in certain parts of life, but when it comes to running a logistics organization, the developments afforded due to computers are making businesses more profitable and consumers happier.