Transportation and Logistics
Modern Supply Chains Require Connected Workforces
The Supply Chains of America and beyond are embracing enterprise mobility, locationing solutions, RFID and high-performance enterprise networks at rates other industries are unable to keep pace with. E-commerce, for one, is playing a big role.
The visibility now available from the IoT-focused capital investments being made has improved the quality of work produced and the quantity of products moved from docks to their final destination. Shipment manifest changes can be made in real-time from the road and at depots like never before. It isn’t new to have eyes on our package statuses without anything more than a web browser, but nailing down exact times for final delivery has become more accurate with every passing year. Even granular information, such as the speeds at which loads move can be tracked.
With so much innovation brought to the fold in T&L, knowing where to start is almost the most daunting challenge of all. There are some commonalities among pain points transportation and Logistics management has to evaluate:
- Who do you want to benefit the most from your process improvement strategies – Your dock teams, management, cargo operators, someone else or a combination of all?
- How much control do you want management to have on inbound and outbound freight when it leaves docks, do you want it to be a shared role with your operators, or leave everything to them post-departure?
- Do your operators perform field services – that is, do they need to work with others once they get to their destination, or do they merely unload and head out?
- What issues do you have with vendors, their standards or related compliance matters you may need to sort out that technology can help?
- How accurate and focused is your current process for scheduling deliveries and inbound purchase orders?