Essential Features for Logistics Apps

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Essential Features for Logistics Apps

Mobile apps are changing the traditionally fragmented & time-consuming logistic sector

Logistics drives many businesses worldwide, helping them in widening their footprints across different geographic locations. Logistics and transportation industry sector in the U.S. makes a total of 8 percent of the total national GDP. The transportation industry is rapidly moving towards Web and mobile apps, apps like Uber and Lyft are a great example. Logistics industry has also gradually started investing in mobile technology by building apps.

Logistics simply refer to managing the transportation of goods as well as materials. This involves processes such as warehousing, material handling, supply chain management (SCM) etc. A mobile app helps to simplify these operations, with the following features and technologies:

1. Route Optimization

Route optimization is possible with the help of the data received on traffic information which facilitates the timely arrival of cargo, required by logistics professionals to create a proper process flow.

Truck drivers can see traffic on their route ahead, hence, they do not get stuck in traffic jams. This avoids delay in shipments and eventually, the business won’t suffer from financial losses. The data can be fetched through Google Maps, offering effective real-time traffic information.

2. Location Tracking

It is a basic feature in a logistics app that helps in easy monitoring the location of the truck and estimates the timing of its arrival. In case, a truck breaks down then the dispatcher can be called and informed about where the breakdown happened and also helps in finding the nearest service center. Cloud server, GPS satellite, cellular tower are some of the main components of this location tracking.  This makes communication more steady and accurate while avoiding delay in the shipments.

3. Fleet Management

The fleet management option contributes to enhancing the fleet performance by making use of mobile fleet management tools. The wear and tear that takes place on vehicles can be avoided by creating a transport and logistics app by making use if the management tools.

For example, in case, the driver cannot meet the deadlines by reaching its destination at the designated time, the dashboards in these management tools collect information and display it in the form of reports.

4. Asset Tracking and Management

For logistics companies, the feature of asset tracking and management cannot be missed. Asset mobile tracking and management option helps users to combine vehicle location with inventory management. This further helps in building trust between end-users and logistics companies. The user can track the location of their shipment at any time facilitating supply chain visibility for a logistics and transportation companies.

With beacons technology, a user can track and locate assets in several warehouses. The total distance between beacons depends on the technical specification of the system, for example, it can exceed 150 meters.

In conclusion

So here are some of the major features that should be considered while creating a logistics mobile application. And if you are interested in reading more information on this topic, we will be sharing another blog on the same topic, stay tuned.

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