Dyzle to demonstrate new platform complete with mobile app
Dyzle BV, the global leader in measuring and analysing business process data for the cold chain in real time, is set to demonstrate a complete technology platform solution.
The platform will be showcased at the 12th Annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum in Boston, USA on 1-2 October.
The solution from Dyzle includes a mobile phone app which enables cold chain visibility worldwide in the last mile.
A key focus of the conference is on supply chain integrity covering the issues of temperature control and temperature-sensitive product handling, which are requirements of most life sciences products today.
The forum will examine the modern cold chain, including all temperature range products and their global GDP requirements.
Dyzle will address the concerns of cold chain and logistics managers who need to provide proof of product integrity to meet patient safety and regulatory requirements, tracking of products anywhere in the world through GPRS and UMTS mobile connectivity, and a cloud-based analytics platform to provide full visibility of the cold chain.
The system also provides real-time alerts for temperature digressions – real-time measurement enables instant feedback and corrective action to be taken immediately.
Dyzle’s solution is a cloud-based solution that collects data such as temperature, humidity, energy consumption and CO2, analyses that data, and makes it visible on a personal dashboard accessible securely over the web from any internet-enabled device. This data helps customers provide undisputable evidence and proof of product quality for temperature-sensitive products.
For the last mile of the cold chain, Dyzle’s new low cost sensor and app for smartphones replaces more costly and difficult to use industrial handheld devices, enabling automatic temperature registration of incoming goods, as well as manual measurements.
Measured data is directly integrated into Dyzle’s cloud-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution, enabling complete visibility of the cold chain. The smartphone based sensor and app provides additional assurance of product safety and integrity at various points in the logistics chain.
The temperature of incoming goods can easily be confirmed by using the smartphone app combined with a temperature sensor probe. The app displays the temperature and indicates whether it is within the correct specified temperature range, displaying critical values, and also indicating any corrective action required. Data is automatically integrated into the cloud and stored in the portal – allowing quality assurance departments or managers to access reports and details at any time.
Dyzle’s real-time cold chain monitoring platform helps provide proof or product integrity of temperature-sensitive products being handled in the food, pharmaceutical and retail logistics cold chain.
The open, independent platform can integrate and utilize data collected from any source, whether it is from proprietary systems or legacy technologies, and provides interpretation and analysis of measured variables such as temperature, humidity, energy consumption and CO2.
For more information, visit www.dyzle.com
Driver shortages: Why the industry needs to be worried
While driver shortages are a global problem, with a recent survey from the International Road Transport Union suggesting that driver shortages are expected to increase by 25% year-on-year across its 23 member countries, the issue has very much made itself felt for UK businesses in recent weeks.
A perfect storm of factors, which many within the industry have been wary of, and warning about, for months, have led to a situation wherein businesses are suddenly facing significant difficulties around transporting goods to shelves on time, as well as inflated operating costs for doing so.
What’s more, the public may also see price rises as a result due to demand outmatching supply for certain product lines, which in turn brings with it the risk of customer dissatisfaction and a hit to brand and stakeholder reputation. Given that this price inflation has been speculated to hit in October, when the extended grace period on Brexit customs checks comes to an end, the worst may be yet to come.
"Steps must be taken to make a career in the industry a more attractive proposition for younger drivers, which will require a joint effort from government, industry bodies, and the sector as a whole"
That said, we have already been hearing reports of service interruption due to lack of driver availability, meaning that volumes aren’t being transported, or delivered, to required schedules and lead times. A real-world example of this occurred on the weekend of 4-6 June with convenience retailer Nisa, with deliveries to Nisa outlets across the UK affected by driver shortages to its logistics provider DHL.
But where has this skills shortage stemmed from?
Supply is the primary issue. Specifically, the number of available EU drivers has decreased by up to 15,000 drivers due to Brexit alone, and this has been further exacerbated by drivers returning to their home country during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as changes to foreign exchange rates making UK a less desirable place to live and work. This, alongside the recent need to manage IR35 tax changes, has also led to significant inflation in driver and transport costs.
COVID-19 complications have also meant that there have been no HGV driver tests over the past year, meaning the expected 6,000-7,000 new drivers over the past year have not appeared. With the return of the hospitality sector we understand that this is a significant challenge with, for instance, order delivery lead times being extended.
It is little surprise, therefore, that the Road Haulage Association (RHA) earlier this month became the latest in a long line of industry spokespeople to write to the government about the driver shortage for trucks. The letter echoed the view held by much of the industry, that the cause of this issue is both multi-faceted and, at least in some aspects, long-standing.
So, many in the industry are in agreement as to the driving factors behind this crisis. But what can be done?
Simply enough, outside of businesses completely reorganising their supply chain network, external support is needed. In the short-term, the government should consider providing the industry with financial aid, and this can also be supported more widely with legislative change.
Specifically, immigration policy could be updated to place drivers on the shortage occupations list, which would go some way towards easing the burden created by foreign drivers returning to their home countries. Looking elsewhere, government should also look for ways to increase the availability of HGV driver tests after the blockage created by the coronavirus lockdowns.
Looking more long-term, steps must be taken to make a career in the industry a more attractive proposition for younger drivers, which will require a joint effort from government, industry bodies, and the sector as a whole. As it stands, multiple sources suggest that the average age of truck drivers in the UK is 48, with only one in every hundred drivers under the age of 25. We must therefore do more to increase the talent pipeline coming into the industry if we are to offset more significant skills shortages further down the line.
On the back of a turbulent year for the supply chain industry, it has become increasingly clear that the long-foretold shortage of drivers is now having a tangible and, in places, crippling effect on supply chains.
Drivers, and the wider supply chain industry, have rightly been recognised for the seismic role they played in keeping the nation moving and fed over the past year under unprecedented strain. If this level of service is to continue, we must now see Government answer calls to provide the support the sector needs, and work hand-in-hand with the industry to find a solution. If we do not see concrete action to this effect soon, we are likely to be in for a turbulent few months.
Rob Wright is executive director at SCALA, a leading provider of management services for the supply chain and logistics sector