Convenient freight system is what all entrepreneurs always seek for. That’s why technologies that give better results of lessen the cost, time and efforts of transportation obtain huge popularity as well as funding of concerned organizations. As every industry, logistic is adapting and transforming to meet the needs of modern society. So idea of creating logistics app wasn’t long in coming.
Transportation. In the context of mobile applications, people think about Uber at first. Despite, this service is really popular and gains a lot of revenue, cargo transportation market is a lot bigger and more widespread than taxi and hitch-hiking services.
Huge success of Uber has started the boiling of “Uber for trucking” idea. A lot of big transportation enterprises have already made their own application that work only within the company. But what stop us to create a third-party logistic app? Today we gonna speak about it.
So what do logistics companies do and how mobile application can help them. Let’s cast light upon few functions that logistics apps should consist of as well as some features that will help shipping business owners.
Implementing GPS to your application will not only allow to track drivers’ position but also increase his productivity. With Google Traffic it’s easy to avoid traffic jams or other hindrances. Drivers are offered with real-time traffic information. Green passage lines mean the normal traffic speed, yellow - slow footed and red - very slow traffic speed that drivers should avoid.
Basically location tracking divides on two types. The first one is cellular that is usually used in cities. Device sends location information to the server performed by cellular network. It allows to have a constant real-time tracking but it requires an internet connection. While it’s unavailable, data is saved to the phone storage and is sent when the connection returns.
Satellite tracking is the second type. In order to use it, GPS tracker has to be installed to drivers’ vehicle or you can use his mobile device. GPS trackers use a satellite modem to transmit that require satellite antennas. It’s a good idea to implement three types of user interfaces: for customers, drivers and dispatchers.
Mobile technology helps to cure one of the biggest enterprises headaches. You can eliminate usage of paper forms by replacing them with mobile reports. It should help both logistic companies and customers because they will be sure about the recent transportation condition. Automated cargo tracking should also reduce human engagement so human error factor is diminished.
Cargo and vehicle tracking
The huge benefit of implementing mobile technologies to logistics. Modern GPS software allows both users and hirers to track drivers position on map. So it’s a good idea to implement Google Maps or other geolocation platform to your app. Drivers, on their side, can avoid traffic jams to predict problems before they appear.
Shipping companies need to track their assets in some way. Compiling vehicle location tracking and asset management users can have a real-time information about where their cargo is and which vehicle delivers it.
There are two ways to perform an asset management. The first one is using unique QR codes. This technology is not new. You only need to scan a code via your smartphone and wait for data analyzing. The second one is more interesting. You can use a radio-frequency identification tag. But here you need a special RFID antenna and an RFID reader.
Another great benefit is the ability to change routes while in-flight. It allows to have enough control for both business owners and customers. The first ones benefit from increasing control on their supply chains, give them more opportunities for new contacts. For customers there is an ability to customize their cargo route. Real-time informing helps to do this job well.
Previously, if the industry had a gap, a lot of middlemen appeared to fill this gap. Speaking about logistics, there were freight brokers who were performing connections between those who had cargo and those who needed it. The business is noble but commision of about 20% were frightening away some people.
With the rising of modern technologies, business owners don’t no longer need these brokers because mobile applications take their functions upon themselves.
How to make money?
The most crucial question for every business owner, right? Unlike other application, logistics apps have their own specific ways of gaining revenue. Let’s have a look at them:
- Commision of shippers
- Commision based on shippers value
- Free for carriers
- Typical month/year subscription
All these features augmented with appropriate business model will open you new doors in logistics industry. Mobile applications will definitely simplify your workflow, increase revenue, lower expenditures cut away a lot of errors. Doesn’t it sound like a heaven? All in all, in modern society investments in making your company mobile-friendly will certainly be a good idea so don’t hesitate.
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