Battle damage assessment is a routine procedure that soldiers do once shooting is over in a particular location. But in some cases, even when a soldier thinks that the fight is over, it isn’t. Sargent Timothy Gilboe of US Marines was doing damage assessment of an area located in Afghanistan when he was suddenly shot at point-blank by an insurgent. Gilboe’s body armour took the shot, saving his life. Wearing armour is a matter of life and death when it comes to defending yourself in the battlefield.
In the world of business, you might not get shot at, but you can end up hurting your bottom line if you do not protect your supply chain and logistics operations from inefficiencies, risks, and poor visibility.
The supply chain and logistics industry today is a battleground. More so because it determines two of the most important factors behind winning over competition--customer experience and price. Hence, to master the art of delivering superior customer experience and keep costs low, it’s imperative for businesses to embrace an advanced trucking management platform. From ensuring real-time and predictive visibility, making deliveries profitable to ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction. Let’s amplify a little on these capabilities.
Ensuring Real-time and Predictive Visibility
An advanced trucking management platform empowers businesses to gain real-time visibility of end-to-end logistics operations. At any given point they can know where a shipment is, if there are delays, what’s the ETA, if there are unnecessary diversions in the route, whether a vehicle is idling and more. Such a platform also optimizes routes in real-time to avoid traffic congestions, one-ways, bad weather, and roadblocks.
These platforms use machine learning (ML) algorithms and predictive visibility capabilities to optimize logistics operations. ML helps plan highly efficient and cost-effective routes by analyzing historical data of previously undertaken routes. It can predict exceptions and mitigate risks by empowering logistics stakeholders to get proactive when dealing with theft and pilferage.
Making Deliveries Profitable
Trucking management software significantly reduces miles per delivery and thereby reducing fuel consumption per delivery and increasing productivity. Also reducing miles means lesser time spent by a vehicle on the road traveling. This reduces vehicle wear and tear and lowers maintenance costs. All these allow businesses to reduce logistics expenses and ensures highly competitive pricing of their products.
Driving Better Collaboration
A major challenge in the transportation industry happens to be the fragmentation of stakeholders and the futile manual efforts that businesses put to connect these stakeholders. This results in a lack of visibility and poor collaboration between supply chain stakeholders. This, in turn, causes confusion and incorrect information being passed on.
By leveraging high levels of automation modern trucking platforms ensure real-time collaboration between all logistics stakeholders and ensures that the right information is passed on to the right person and at the right time.
Ensuring High Levels of System Interoperability
Most businesses run their supply chain and logistics (IT) infrastructure in silos. This makes it extremely difficult for logistics stakeholders to gain visibility of ground-level operations, benchmark KPIs and take accurate decisions while managing exceptions.
A modern trucking management plat seamlessly integrates with existing IT-infrastructure like TMS, WMS, OMS, GPS networks, 3PL systems and more to empower logistics stakeholders to gain end-to-end visibility of delivery operations, improve SLA accuracy, accurately benchmark KPIs and do much more.
Enhancing Customer Experience
Leveraging a modern logistics platform, businesses can empower customers to gain access to delivery information like ETAs, delays and who will be delivering the shipment. It makes delivery flexible by letting customers choose a delivery time and location. By optimizing routes in real-time, it drastically shrinks delivery time and ensures on-time in-full (OTIF) adherence.
In a nutshell, for businesses dependent on supply chain and logistics, trucking management software is a knight in the shining armour. It will always them inefficiencies and help fight competition.
Savvy businesses are already leveraging such advanced trucking management to optimize delivery processes. One of our manufacturing customers achieved 100 percent operational visibility, reduced theft and pilferage by 57 percent and turn-around-time by 32 percent. FarEye has been empowering global enterprises to improve and optimize supply chain and logistics operations. If you want to know how we can help you achieve the same sign up for a quick demo here.