Logistics systems are continuously being automated and improved to keep up with the competition. In such an environment it is necessary for businesses to be on the front edge of technology to be able to gain an advantage and maintain their reputation with customers
Digital Logistics is the method of digitization and automation in logistics processes and strategies within an organization. As opposed to more traditional spreadsheets and manual logistics methods, digital logistics enables more accurate and faster data collection and speeds up the logistics chain. Stakeholders have increased flexibility and better access to information, allowing for more informed and agile decision-making. Digital logistics provides increased opportunities and a significant reduction of costs, while also reducing the carbon footprint of logistics processes by half.
Logistics software is a digitized, often cloud-based, system that refines and manages logistics processes related to production, procurement, sales, recovery, and recycling. This may include management of activities such as procurement of raw materials, inventory control, warehouse management, order processing, fleet management, and shipping. The system also helps oversee and keep track of many critical supply chain activities such as sourcing, production planning, and control, packaging, and dispatching. Over the years logistics software has branched off to have components of CRM and Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) including many features and tools are included to record transactions, third-party service providers, and suppliers.
Using Logistics Software for Logistics Management ensures many benefits for organizations. Here are the key ones.
Through refining fuel recharge, shipping, and labor methods logistics software can simplify processes and reduce costs of transportation. The software also makes it easier to do further analysis, with some logistics software being integrated with Machine Learning to automatically use past data to maximize efficiency.
Integrated Intelligent Route planning in logistics software allows businesses to detect and prevent delays in procurement and shipping beforehand, while also helping them choose a delivery partner/carrier with the best service based on their times and efficiency.
Processes that were repetitive and highly labor-intensive can be automated, reducing paperwork, hiring costs, employee payroll costs, and training costs. Logistics Software are easily able to automate activities such as route planning, load planning, carrier tracking, and inventory control.
Human error is natural and unavoidable when processing large amounts of data involved in logistics manually. Logistics software helps reduce errors down to 0.01% or even fully eliminate them. It is key to understand that in a digital system, the only way that errors can occur is through a software error due to errors made by humans while maintaining the software or by human error while entering initial data. As long as these two opportunities for error are controlled, errors can be eliminated.
Logistics software are able to offer 24x7 customer support through chatbots, automated email alerts, notifications, and virtual assistants. In addition, logistics software can integrate recording facilities during customer contact with agents online, allowing to monitor and improve customer service. With improved customer service and support, overall customer satisfaction will also increase leading to more business.
Logistics software can be segregated into types based on what they are used for. Here are the main categories:
These are software used most often by shipping vendors and couriers such as FedEx and UPS to automate their shipping and mailing process. In addition, mailing software also allow businesses to handle mass mailing, address verification, and other such time-consuming but necessary postal work.
These types of logistics software allow businesses to coordinate the delivery and drop-off of goods and services on time, as well as the delivery and drop-off of raw materials or products from suppliers. Other functions will include materials management, procurement, distribution, product management, managing routes, scheduling, delivery personnel, vehicle management, packaging, and recovery. These can be integrated with supply chain software to have a complete digitized supply chain system.
These types of logistics software are mainly focused on transportation, related to any type of vehicle or shipment. They help manage and track all aspects of warehousing, route planning and mapping, fuel costing, vehicle maintenance, cargo handling, passenger transport, communications, and accounting for such activities. Shipment tracking is also enabled through barcodes that are checked in and out at key checkpoints. This type of software is used for employee transport and on-time shipments of goods.
The Ability to handle multiple clients at the same time
Ability to manage and track inventory
Able to do demand forecasting, supply forecasting, and price forecasting
Includes financial features or is able to integrate with such software
Allowing to improve customer satisfaction through tracking support and faster customer query responses
Automatically able to create and send bills to relevant suppliers and customers
Flexible lightweight storage able to large scales of data
1. Highly experienced software developer operational since 2011
2. Competitive costs enabled by offshore software development at our tech hub in Sri Lanka
3. Very talented teams with vetted, qualified, and experienced software engineers
4. Data protection through fully secure software development methods supported by tightknit Non-Disclosure Agreements
5. Communication made easy through fluent English-speaking software engineers
6. Highest quality development done with the best available technologies
7. Proper transparency and no hidden costs
8. Flexible options to hire development team to work under client for project period or fully handover project to Era Biz to develop
9. Support is provided for system migration after development is completed, and maintenance during project period
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