Enterprise Apps for the Transport and Logistics Industry
Logistics, transport, and warehouse operations optimization
Many corporations today engage in some type of transportation – whether it’s people, finished goods, supplies, or raw materials. Most of these disciplines involve complex processes that often span multiple geographies, time zones, and stakeholders. To manage and optimize these important organizational functions are needed robust and efficient enterprise transportation solutions. Developing these in the form of web applications or mobile apps can come in handy when all operations take place on the go. Find out what some of the options are below.
Examples of logistics and transportation apps
You’d be surprised that keeping paper-based logs and records is still the way business is done in the transportation and logistics sector in many countries. This is not only inefficient and time-consuming but can be also costly in terms of errors and loss of important information that needs to be stored. As the industry is fully mobile, it makes sense that the software supporting its operations should be, as well.
What are some of the most common operations that can be digitized and optimized by implementing a dedicated, software-as-a-service enterprise app? The sky is the limit; however, the following list contains daily functionality that can be all built into such a solution:
- Management of contracts and SLAs
- Warehouse operations management: storage and distribution
- Supply chain management
- Fleet management
- Tracking origin, destination, depart and arrive times
- Tracking inventory, shipments and routes in real-time
- Logging itineraries and stops
- Tracking time worked for staff and recording breaks (regular breaks for international truck drivers are mandated by law)
- Tracking equipment maintenance and repairs
Enterprise web apps in transportation
Often, web applications that can be accessed on any device through a web browser are fully sufficient for an organization’s need. Stakeholder access rights can be easily managed and modified at any time. Often, this is also the most efficient option from a cost perspective, as web apps can be used on any device and browser and do not require device-specific customizations.
Mobile transportation applications
In some cases, logistics and transport operations require the use of more sophisticated, dedicated mobile applications that offer the full functionality of desktop enterprise apps and web apps. Not all functionality can be mobile optimized through a web app and this is when the development of a hybrid or a native, mobile application for iOS and Android devices is warranted. In those cases, working with an experienced mobile enterprise app developer is paramount.
Integration with hardware components
Whether you use RFID readers, QR code readers, IoT sensors, or other hardware to track people and goods, your enterprise app needs to be able to work with them – collecting, storing, and processing the data they generate. Thus, in transport, warehousing and logistics, it’s important that all your systems are integrated and the solutions you use (including apps) are utilizing the latest information available. To be successful in this industry, data needs to be provided to staff and partners real-time – thus, its accuracy and presentation via the app are paramount. The importance of relying on the combination of the right hardware and software cannot be overstated.
Why work with a specialized enterprise app provider?
Enterprise, business, or corporate apps are not very similar to consumer apps and their development requires years-long specialized knowledge and expertise to master. Of course, common app standards apply here as well, including ease of use, speed, intuitiveness, integrations with other enterprise solutions (often third-party ones, as well), and ease of customization and upgrades.
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