Enterprise Tech

Mobility Revolution in Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Recently, the utilisation of mobile technology in transport management has become very significant. Mobile technologies are indeed changing how we track freight outside of the four walls, putting real-time logistics management within the hold of many savvy shippers.


  Logistics industry is the thread which connects all other industries together. Précised adoption of mobile technologies has greatly assisted monitoring this industry better. Interestingly, mobile technologies continue to make their mark both inside and outside of the four walls of the warehouse and distribution centre. Moreover, the Internet of Things is poised to renovate the delivery and logistics industry. 


In return for their tech investments, shippers are getting benefits like shortened lead times, superior supply chain visibility, error reductions, optimised transportation networks and improved inventory management. Collectively, these advantages are assisting companies work smarter and more efficiently and effectively in today’s fast-paced business world.


How mobility is shaping the supply chain


Increasingly sophisticated and sometimes costly vehicle communications: It is a thing of the past when the only contact a driver had with home base was after an action took place or when there was a trouble. These days, shippers communicate with their drivers in real-time while also paying closer interest to vehicle operations, routing and scheduling, and other key performance indicators (KPIs). In most of the cases, mobility is the main force behind these innovations.


Trucking apps:  Mobile apps are being launched, specifically targeting the trucking sector almost constantly. There are approximately 2,500 apps added to the Google play store on a daily basis. The apps are intended at escalating fuel efficiency, optimising navigation routes, and streamlining shipping and trucker matching.


It’s not just for the big companies anymore: Fleet mobility solutions are not only reserved for larger businesses that could handle to pay for them. As tech has advanced and become more mainstream and affordable, so have fleet mobility solutions. Mobility is now becoming much more accessible for any sized logistics operator or transporter.


Use of IoT: IoT and sensors in the supply chain have created a lot of hype these days, predominantly when it comes to deploying sensors in the field to network with mobile devices. Shippers who handle perishable goods and refrigerated goods, for example, are using sensors to sense trailer temperatures, dead batteries, and other issues that would influence their cargos. Using sensors - and the data that they produce - shippers can optimistically make better business decisions.


Satisfying customers: Customers’ expectations are increasing, they want real-time shipment data that’s available at their fingertips without having to pick up the phone or make email contact is rising. This is another fascinating trend that continues to raise the bar on the mobile front, where shippers have to be able to furnish this level of insight.



Kanchi Batra

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