The technological revolution in the first two decades of the 21st century has driven more changes in the transportation industry than in the entire past century.
Although modernizing has always been key in logistics and transportation, the obsession with greater productivity is what has been driving the consolidation of the leading organizations in the sector.
The development of increasingly robust and less expensive technological platforms favors data analysis so that the transport industry can:
- Improve control of your quality systems
- Reduce your costs
- Reduce the percentage of human errors
- Professionalize your workers
This article mentions how modernization is key to achieving better productivity in your transportation company.
What technologies are available today?
The daily administration of a logistics chain poses enormous challenges for companies. Technology is no longer a luxury and has become a necessity for those seeking to make their business survive over time.
Maintaining a good quality of service and maximizing the productivity of all areas can only be achieved in one way: with decisions based on concrete information, taken in real time.
Although the barcode reader is a technology that became popular more than 30 years ago, it is still an essential part of data reading today.
The concept of geolocation and its integration with the Internet has unleashed a revolution, since the precise location of each unit prevents data falsification today.
Although there are specialized ERP software for multiple industries, these platforms, which today store all information in the cloud, allow the integration of all existing applications in a transportation company and have reports that are as accurate as they are valuable for making the most important business decisions.
And finally, the Internet of Things (IoT) is integrating unexpected elements into the information chain, making it possible to measure data that was previously hidden.
Benefits offered by the union of these technologies
To a greater or lesser extent, everyone who works in a transport company is aware of the value of technology. But who really knows the contribution that a comprehensive ERP system can make to the transportation industry?
The first benefit has been to integrate all the traceability information of products and services, giving companies and final consumers a clear idea of everything that happens from the origin to the point of sale. An ERP collects and manages that data and presents it in the most effective way to correct mistakes, learn from consumer needs, and drive better customer service.
In addition, with this information today you can reduce:
- Production costs
- Manufacturing, distribution and delivery times
- Stocks in warehouses
- Management errors in the logistics chain
- Incorrect delivery margin
- Delivery times for online commerce
- Customer dissatisfaction level
How to apply new technologies in transport companies?
Today there is no one who disputes the value of business digitization. However, there are owners of older companies with a very conservative vision, reluctant to accept the use of technologies that will undoubtedly change the work culture. The new generations of directors and managers, however, want to modernize the company, aware that technology currently helps many small and medium-sized transport companies to compete in better conditions with the leaders in the sector.
The important thing is that they look for experienced technology providers, whom they trust, who make them feel safe and involved in the transformation of the business. The three steps to take in this regard are important:
- Investigate and identify the technologies that will best serve the company to automate processes and achieve your goals in the short and long term.
- Establish an orderly implementation plan, that does not affect the operation or diminish the competitive advantages.
- Implement human resource training, so that all workers can take advantage of technology, increase their productivity and acquire skills that add value to the company.
- Choose a supplier that offers good after-sales service, as well as technical support to get the most out of the tool.