Mobile apps are the new rage these days. But, how exactly are they going to change the future of an industry as complicated and inefficient as logistics? Let us consider.
The first thing to take into perspective here is how the evolution of mobile apps has changed the way B2C logistics firms handle their processes. Most tech-aided logistics companies in the B2C domain have incorporated apps into their working methodology with a three-pronged approach — for the customers, for the clients, and for the executives. This has not only increased the visibility of the processes, but has also helped in handling simple processes like tracking and tracing the goods in transit. This is specially significant in the case of eCommerce giants as they are highly dependent on streamlined delivery processes. Here, convenience is the biggest factor for the end customers when zeroing in on product procurement.
THE B2B LOGISTICS DOMAIN IS DIFFERENT
However, implementing the same level of real-time update mechanisms for B2B logistics is easier said than done. Most freight consignments in B2B move after multiple process layers and hence require calculations on a business model suited to specific shippers. The nature of goods is completely different from the eCommerce industry as well. The business-to-business domain of logistics has also remained specifically devoid of the same level of hype that the B2C domain has enjoyed. But, over the past few years, the focus has shifted to the industry thanks to powerful players emerging with innovative concepts over the time period.
MOBILE TMS SOLUTIONS + FEATURES THAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM A LOGISTICS PLATFORM = LOGISTICS MOBILE APPS
Logistics mobile apps are not only changing the industry standards in terms of efficiencies, but have also helped in making it possible to improve the usability of cloud-based software. Transport Management Systems have started taking advantage of the portability that mobile apps offer while keeping the functionality as comprehensive as possible. From little tidbits like the current maintenance schedule of the trucks to comprehensive pre-planning long hauls, these apps can let the shippers and carriers take full control of their logistics processes.
In brief, here are the features that these mobile apps are expected to offer in the coming times:
- Enhanced Accessibility
- Comprehensive feature-sets
- Transport Management System
- Increased Visibility
The biggest and most obvious gain from these process enhancements, is visibility. Even though the structure of the logistics industry is such that it requires a methodical approach, the functioning has been purely lacking any iota of transparency. Most transits have traditionally been handled via updates relayed over individual telephone calls. This reduces productivity and also limits the amount of business done within a specified time period. Enter mobile apps, and these aspects start looking much better. Most mobile logistics apps have evolved in a short period of time and have gained feature-sets that have made them a viable alternative to their desktop counterparts.
At Quikhop, we are trying to gauge these changes in such a manner that helps in the long-term mobility strategies if the logistics sector. By incorporating innovative solutions that leverage the internet of things, we have made complicated processes seemingly simpler with a comprehensive approach at creating a common platform. In our own way, we are setting the standard for logistics mobile apps across India.