September 4th, 2017

Cloud-Ready Features: The Biggest Differentiators in Logistics Tech

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In a world where a number of logistics companies are pitching their technological capabilities, what should (and does) matter for the industry? The Cloud.

The world is moving towards the cloud, and it is no secret that even the most robust applications can offer scalability only if they offer cloud-based services. Manual servers are clunky, high on maintenance, and can even suffer from outages. This is something that the target clients within the industry have now learnt and hence understand to a great extent.

Technology has to move in a tightly integrated fashion that helps in all aspects of the logistics process including the order management system, freight management system, tracking, tracing, and billing. So, how exactly do we achieve that? Multiple surveys conducted around the world have conceded that IT robustness of any software solution within the logistics industry is the first aspect that matters for the end clients.

Let’s have a look at a few of the pointers that firmly emphasize the significance of the Cloud in the logistics tech world:

  • For tech-focused firms, utilization of the cloud is one of the biggest differentiators when choosing a 3PL provider. The whole software has to be knitted around the building blocks of the supply chain process and logistics 
  • Data Analytics, Reimagined.
    Whether it be for conducting preemptive surveys or in data tracking of ongoing logistics processes, machine-learning aided by the cloud can get much more detailed reports for logistics firms. This further helps in identifying the patterns and thereby adapting process execution later.
  • Setting the Platform for the Internet Of Things.
    Logistics and IOT
    The Internet Of Things is a culmination of the evolution of the cloud over the past decade. IOT relies on a hiccup-free environment where in all aspects of communications are handled in the cloud and information is relayed effortlessly from one point to another. Even technology-aided hardware can communicate based on triggers using IoT, thus creating the web for seamless automation.
  • Data Security and Reliability.
    As processes move to the cloud, encryption takes a forefront and security is also taken care of in the movement of data over the Internet. Cyber-attacks, which could earlier paralyze servers and thus affect functioning and cause chaos, shall now be thwarted with ease. Data security, after all, is one of the biggest points of concern within the industry. Reliability of cloud-based systems is their biggest trait. It makes clunky physical servers redundant.
  • Easier Scalability:
    Logistics Scalability
    Scaling software platforms for the logistics and supply chain sector is imminent as the service has to go from strength to strength. This becomes easier with everything being handled in the cloud. As when the platform needs to be scaled higher up, the cloud lets one get ahead of the countries off adding it upgrading storage and API changes.
  • Streamlined Functionality Integration: The Logistics sector requires changes in functionality with the dynamism in the supply chain and/or Changes in the tax structure (e.g. the recent implementation of GST in India). This is easier done with the simplicity of API implementation (whether it be the Order Management System, the Fleet Management System, or the Freight Management System) in real-time on the cloud.

As the industry dynamically evolves, it will be significant for logistics service providers to enhance their tech credentials. At Quikhop, we are trying to achieve exactly that by creating module based functionality within the QTM platform.

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