Transport Management is the planning, execution, and the optimization of the physical movement of goods from one place to another. It is a subset of supply chain management. It deals with the management of all transportation operations and includes tracking of assets, management of every critical aspect of vehicle maintenance, fuel cost, routing, mapping, communications, EDI implementation, communication, warehousing, handling of cargo and travellers, and also the selection and management of the best carrier, as well as accounting.
With so much planning and administration required, it is no wonder that organizations that specialize in transport management turn to technology for help.
Some statistics that prove the benefits of mobile technology for transportation management
- Transportation and logistics companies can save almost R6.9 million every year by implementing mobile devices throughout their companies.
- Organizations can save up to R4.2 million if they deploy mobile, location-based technology.
- 60% of managers believe that broadband mobile communications will be their largest driver of ROI.
- 44% of managers believe that integrated vehicle telematics will be the largest driver of ROI.
- 38% of managers believed that radio frequency identification would improve ROI.
Now consider this. The above statistics are not new. They are from way back in 2013. Today, the impact of mobile technology in transport management – the percentage of mobile technology users has grown by leaps and bounds – even in the transport management sector.
Technology or to be more precise, mobile technology, has changed the world we live in for the better, and it is no different from the transport management industry. In fact, companies like Qualcomm and UPS started using mobile technology for transport management way back in the 80s. While companies like these had the money and the time to experiment and work through the challenges associated with implementing mobile technology, today we have their combined knowledge and newer mobile technologies to help assist with transport management easily. Here’s a look at how mobile technology can play a critical role in the success of transport management.
Mobile technology’s impact on Communication
Today’s mobile technology ensures communication happens at speeds we once thought not possible. Not only that but along with becoming faster and more efficient, mobile technology has also become much more affordable. Today large amounts of data can be delivered through low-cost networks quickly, reliably, and affordably.
Mobile technology’s impact on all points along the supply chain
Logistics and transportation companies work in an environment that calls for better and more efficient management of the supply chain. Managers are required to work from off-site and onsite locations. So, logistics and transportation companies make use of mobile phones that include features like:
- Built-in cameras
- Barcode and label printers
- Near field communications (NFC)
- RFID tags
- Voice recognition software
- Shared logistics networks
Not only are these technologies mobile, but they are also wireless and therefore offer greater flexibility.
Logistics providers can now capitalize on advanced mobile capabilities to:
- Track mileage
- Measure field performance
- Measure driver performance
- Interact with back-end systems like a CRM system
- Manage and schedule routing
Mobile technology’s impact on compliance
When it comes to compliance which is a major part of any industry, mobile technology can be used to automate compliance information such as:
- Number of hours per workweek
- Fuel tax reporting
- Amount of fuel consumption
- Hours of service put in
- Engine and driver performance
Mobile technology’s impact on transportation
Mobile technologies have played a very significant role in transport management. From helping fleets that heavily rely on the best methods to conserve fuel to helping take the most direct route to their destination and more.
According to research by Intermec, transportation and logistics companies can save nearly R6.9 million every year by simply re-engineering processes and implementing mobile devices throughout their organization.
A growing turn to mobile technology
While there is proof that mobile technology can increase ROI, and reduce costs for companies, we also see the proof in the fact that the move to mobile technology has been growing steadily. According to PwC, T&L CEOs see mobile technologies for engaging with customers as one of the most important areas in which to invest.
MobileControl – for maximum visibility and integration in transport management
MobileControl software allows for onboard vehicle scanning. It allows real-time tracking of collection and delivery processes and makes the dispatch management system of an organization more streamlined. Customers too can have real-time and accurate updates on their goods, as the collection and delivery are taking place by the driver.
The MobileControl app enables route optimization and allows you to monitor the progress of each route. With a real-time picture of the delivery process, organizations can ensure better customer service.
Drivers who have installed the MobileControl app onto their smartphone or other PDA device can download their allocated route for the entire day, complete collection and delivery, and take care of special instructions and checks required.
Operations departments can manage exceptions, and monitor collections and deliveries, as well as monitor compliance and even, provide proof of delivery – all with MobileControl mobile ePOD software (electronic proof of delivery software).
A web-based Executive Dashboard allows employees to check real-time delivery status and match or measure it against the company’s business KPIs to bring to notice any discrepancies as they arise.
MobileControl is available for Android devices to ensure maximum supply chain visibility from any location and at any time.
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