The digitalization of everyday work in the logistics industry is not something new and yet its level of penetration is nowhere near where it should be. Logistics companies may have shifted from manual work to using spreadsheets and different applications for their various applications, but a major chunk of companies still have not given thought to a sound information technology strategy in keeping with the changing times.
Technology has advanced rapidly, penetrating the remotest of places, making use of the cloud and various mobile devices, and creating newer possibilities and opportunities for the industry. Information is now directly and immediately accessible and the data can be analyzed and shared via the web.
The increasing mobility of today’s workforce is a direct outcome of the growing use of mobile devices. Mobile devices have become a universal computing platform that logistics professionals rely on as a seamless extension of logistics management applications for tracking shipments, accessing reports and business intelligence, etc.
Digitalization helps streamline the logistics business by leveraging mobile devices, smart gadgets, and sensors to analyze, monitor and modulate operations and provide visibility for all stakeholders. With digitalization, logistics service providers can ensure visibility, anticipate obstacles, strategize and plan business operations and react to external factors with speed and certainty. In addition, operational efficiency and control over revenue can improve considerably.
Cloud technology can cut back on infrastructure and software costs and offer high-end functionality and capabilities at a low cost payable on subscription basis. The technology integrates various silos of the business, offering a robust information base and helping employees take a studied and realistic approach to operations. The workforce can find relief from routine tasks and eliminate manual effort in various processes. Moreover, the applications are adaptable to the user’s needs, helping businesses scale up depending on their requirement.
The evolution of digitization and connectivity is changing the ecosystem of the logistics industry. The trend has set in motion a completely new era of logistics solutions which will substantially hasten innovation in the industry. Logistics companies can combine the new mobile and smart device technologies with modern software solutions to develop more integrated logistics solutions. Logistics companies can take advantage of the digital upsurge using innovations to streamline their business. But the question is—is your business ready for the digital upsurge?