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The movement of freight and goods happens everywhere, all the time. But for these supply to function well, data must be collected and shared: What is being transported? Are trucks filled to capacity? Will the shipper lose money due to empty space? Is traffic going to be an issue? Will cargo arrive on time? 

The people dealing with these questions have a stressful job, because the slightest delay can affect efficiency and be costly. Logistics software, however, allows those questions to be answered. It takes the pressure off logistics operations staff and helps them better manage their fleets. 

Advantages of Freight and Transport Software 
  • Allows business scalability and growth 
  • Algorithms automate schedules and routes 
  • Fleet spends less time on the road and drives fewer miles 
  • Reduced stress on schedulers, planners and drivers 
  • Saves businesses money 

The Users

Dispatchers, logistics planners, procurement staff, and logistics managers have days that are filled with crises, interruptions, and pressure from everyone in the supply chain. If they are not up to the daily challenge shipments arrive late, if at all. In fact, it often seems like there are not enough hours in the day to focus on their main tasks, which include:

  • Coordinating incoming orders with outgoing truck loads
  • Meeting dock times and limited opening hours
  • Predicting traffic patterns to avoid delays
  • Providing reliable customer service and ETAs
  • Managing personnel and maintaining driver satisfaction

Too often the delivery organizations lack the technology to assist them with these daily challenges. However, with the assistance of software, logistics operations staff is  able to better manage dynamic parameters, such as scheduling, routing, and load optimization. The result: more can be accomplished with fewer people, customers satisfaction improves, and profit margins increase.

Depot-to-Depot, and Round Trips

To meet consumer demand, packaged goods are constantly being moved by manufacturers, wholesalers, and logistics providers in the business-to-business sector. Whether they’re picking up items or making a delivery, the process is similar: They must load trucks, schedule their destinations, find the best routes, meet their dock times, and refill the trucks before returning to their depot. With such a complex process, a variety of issues can arise, such as unrealistic schedules, or unexpected traffic.

Software, however, eliminates many concerns because it can be used to optimize every aspect of the pickup and delivery process - from scheduling, to routing, traffic delays, and truck loading. It can even take into account vehicle attributes, such as height, weight and cargo space. This type of automation is bound to improve efficiency and profit margins.

Home Delivery

Due to changes in consumer behavior, namely e-commerce, a rapidly growing market is "last mile delivery", or home delivery. Based in the business-to-consumer sector, these companies may focus on food delivery or healthcare, and tend to be smaller. That means they have fewer resources at their disposal, and often operate at full capacity. Many of home delivery businesses have found that they can be more efficient and profitable by using software to schedule and routes their deliveries. By using logistics software, they can make more deliveries, which has a direct impact on their bottom line.

Field Teams and Service

Salespersons, technicians, plumbers, electricians, constructors, and the like - all make many trips every day. While they are not carrying goods that require delivery, it is still necessary for their vehicle fleets to be scheduled and for their routes to be optimized. One of the main obstacles to making a profit in these businesses is unapplied time. Unapplied time is the time when technicians are not on a job and therefore cannot bill a customer. The owner of the business, however, must still pay their salaries, as well as other costs. However, by using a logistics software it's easy to make more efficient schedules and better routes, ensuring that technicians make more stops each day—and reducing unapplied time.

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