Six logistics mobile apps that can help any business
Here are some basic logistics mobile apps that can help companies and private entrepreneurs better organize their business.
Road Trip – MPG, Mileage and Fuel Economy
Especially effective in tracking your fuel economy and costs, this app will even monitor and compare how much you spend on your vacations and trips. When it’s time, it will remind you that your regular maintenance is due because it keeps a service and repair log. All key statistics such as cost per day, per mile and maximum distance per tank along with the interactive graphs are displayed on a single page, so the user gets oriented easily. The app is easy to sync between iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Driver’s Daily Log
As the name suggests, this mobile application keeps track of how many hours were put in, mileage, and delivery details. In fact, every little detail concerning the logistics of delivery can be accessed through this app. It is designed in a way that it customizes the form a delivery or freight driver needs to fill out organizing all the necessary information. This will make it easier for pre-inspection and post-inspection of the vehicle where the driver is required to sign off on the inspection of the entire truck. Driver’s Daily Log is perfect for both private company fleets and freight companies.
Canvas Route Plan Form Mobile App
An ideal feature for drivers and dispatchers to be used with Motorola Solutions devices, including ES400 and ET1. The app consists of five basic screens: for the outline of the route plan; for route details; driver’s personal details; his/her signature as well as other necessary signatures. A lot of information can be stored here such as vehicle registration, route plan specifics; destination and distance; travel and arrival time; name and signature of the manager in charge.
Vehicle Inspection Form w/ GPS Data Collection
In short, the app provides a form where all vehicle inspections and safety checks are registered. The main purpose is to ensure that the end-user returns the vehicle to its owner after a thorough examination and all the necessary repairs, if any. A drop-down menu with the options “repaired,” “failed” or “passed” inspection is available to the end-user who can choose one of them, or just fill in the specifics. The app will store information about the vehicle and details about its owner; keep records of body integrity check, undercarriage check, brake and engine compartment check; pressure fuel, lighting and electric; inspection results. Signature capture is also available.
Product Delivery Confirmation
Yes, there is even an application for product delivery confirmation. Everyone in the transporting goods business can take advantage of the app. Most importantly, it can be customized to fit the requirements of any company. It registers the company details, package details and customer signature. It’s quite easy to use.
About the author
Svetlana Guineva is a contributor to the Bryant Surety Bonds blog. She is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver and is an expert in the field of surety bonds and licensing. She has written extensively about freight broker bonds.
Pandora and IBM digitise jewellery supply chain
Pandora has overhauled its global supply chain in partnership with IBM amid an ecommerce sales boom for its hand-finished jewellery.
The company found international success offering customisable charm bracelets and other personalised jewellery though its chain of bricks and mortar retail destinations. But in 2020, as the COVID-19 outbreak forced physical stores to close, Pandora strengthened its omnichannel operations and doubled online sales.
A focus on customer experience included deploying IBM’s Sterling Order Management, increasing supply chain resiliency and safeguarding against disruption across the global value chain.
Pandora leverages IBM Sterling Order Management as the backbone it its omnichannel fulfilment, with Salesforce Commerce Cloud powering its ecommerce. Greater automation across its channels has boosted the jeweller’s sustainability credentials, IBM said, streamlining processes for more efficient delivery. It has also given in-store staff and virtual customer service representatives superior end-to-end visibility to better meet consumer needs.
Jim Cruickshank, VP of Digital Development & Retail Technology, Pandora, said the digital transformation journey has brought “digital and store technology closer together and closer to the customer”, highlighting how important the customer journey remains, even during unprecedented disruption.
"Our mission is about creating a personal experience and we've instituted massive platform changes with IBM Sterling and Salesforce to enable new digital-first capabilities that are much more individualised, localised and connected across channels and markets,” he added.
Pandora’s pivot to digital
The pandemic forced the doors closed at most of Pandora’s 2,700 retail locations. To remain competitive, it pivoted to online retail. Virtual queuing for stores and virtual product trials via augmented reality (AR) technology went someway to emulating the in-store experience and retail theatre that is the brand’s hallmark. Meanwhile digital investments in supply chain efficiency was central to delivering on consumer demand.
“Consumer behaviour has significantly shifted and will continue to evolve with businesses needing to quickly adapt to new preferences and needs,” said Kareem Yusuf, General Manager, AI Applications and Blockchain, IBM. “To address this shift, leading retailers like Pandora rely on innovation to increase their business agility by enabling and scaling sustainable supply chain operations using AI and cloud.”
Yusuf said Pandora’s success was indicative of how to remain competitive by “finding new ways to create differentiated customer experiences that protect their enterprises from disruptions to help mitigate risk and accelerate growth”.