As a logistics service provider, you are most likely already aware that you need to go digital in order to sustain your company in the disruptive logistics environment. However, identifying the best solution for digital supply chain management is easier said than done. A quick web search on ‘transportation logistics management system’. ‘digital logistics’ or ‘track and trace’ produces a maze of cloud-based systems. So, how do you cut through the clutter and decide on which logistics management system is the right one for your business?
As a baseline, your logistics solution must enable you to communicate seamlessly. Otherwise, the other potential benefits will be limited. Efficient integration to customers and partners is therefore a key functionality.
Supply chain visibility is a prerequisite for digital logistics. Hence, your chosen solution needs to provide visibility throughout the complete chain (or network). This functionality requires the ability to communicate with transport resources (trucks, etc.), which are equipped with devices providing instructions to drivers and capturing of status information (eg. Proof of Delivery). Such capabilities should be available in your own resources as well as for resources of sporadic subcontractors.
In a logistics environment where transport remains the only economic sector in Europe whose greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, any complete cloud suite for logistics management should enable the best possible utilisation of transportation resources. In this regard, “smart” cross-docking is a key capability that allows you to become far more flexible with you.
Using cloud solutions presents an affordable way to join the digital logistics community. In today’s supply chain management, change is a constant. So you need to plan for it. Industry disruptors, from strongly funded startups to giants like Amazon and Uber, are entering the T&L scene, hatching completely new business models that directly impact the long-term sustainability of your company.
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