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    How IoT is Redefining Transport & Logistics?

    Transport and Logistics is primarily about moving things from one place to another and is essential for the overall productivity of any enterprise. This industry is driven by two main components: ‘demand’ and ‘supply’. The operations in this field are becoming complicated because of the challenges faced by them like a rise in labor rates, unstable fuel costs, environmental changes and increasing market traffic. To eliminate the effects of these problems, businesses have started to implement mobile technologies. One such technology that accelerates profitability and productivity of operations is the Internet of Things (IoT). By applying the right IoT solution, businesses can connect all the devices in a centralized cloud network and gain real-time visibility of all the operations.

    By adopting IoT as a solution to smoothen the processes of transportation and logistics, businesses can improve the following areas:

    Responsive Supply Chain

    IoT allows active tracking on the demand sides of the supply chain logistics by integrating suppliers and distributors into a conventional system where they will be able to communicate and take actions without much complexity. It brings a clear visibility across the entire supply chain for both suppliers and distributors. Using IoT will also enable businesses to collect traffic information and other information related to the supply chain and helps them in taking decisions without much trouble. All companies operate differently and have unique data requirements. Using the appropriate integration and solutions will assist in bringing maximum utilization of resources in minimum time.

    End-to-End Visibility

    The entire transportation and logistics business is managed by adequate and timely supply chain management. To bring productivity and growth in the business, there needs to be clear visibility of all the operations going on in the organization. IoT brings clarity in the business operations and induces effectiveness and timely decisions. Use of mobile devices like RFIDs and mobile computers leads to delivering more asset intelligence and informed decision making.

    Effective Warehouse Management

    Warehouse management lies at the core of the transportation and logistics industry. Efficiently managing the store impacts the ability of the business to compete and gain profit. Manually managing warehouse data is time-consuming and prone to errors. IoT-enabled devices help businesses in tracking inventory and warehouse data efficiently and assist them to keep a track on whether the right products are at the right place at the right time. Reducing human intervention and involving technology will bring accuracy and productivity in the business.

    New Business Opportunities

    Using IoT applications enable maximizing values and identifying new business models and opportunities by integrating not only logistic firms and distributors but also customers and trading partners in the supply chain. Companies can use IoT to create a new association and gain more revenue by integrating their clients into the product ecosystem. Businesses can introduce their customers to the potential IoT applications implemented by them, which will help them in learning about new benefits and facilities, thereby developing contacts with new emerging customers and business partners.

    Easy Shipping and Fleet Management

    Fleet management is the most critical part of the transportation and logistics industry as it involves moving assets and equipments. Manual orders and maintenance of fleet include discrepancy and takes time.  By implementing IoT applications to maintain and manage shipping and fleet, technicians can save time and increase accuracy as it provides real-time insight into inventory records, availability of product and maintenance history of the products. Mobile technologies and efficient implementation of IoT enables streamlining operations and keeps the fleet moving. It provides vital updates in real-time like vehicle performance, the impact of adverse weather or traffic, etc. and help technicians in responding and taking actions.

    With the advances in IoT and mobile technology, the way transportation and logistics businesses operate has considerably improved. It has brought a clear visibility of operations and developed asset intelligence, enabling companies to improve throughput and build innovation. Silver Touch has compelling expertise in providing transportation and logistics management software solutions. Write to us at info@silvertouchinc.com to learn more about our services.

    Shruti Vasudevan

    Shruti is a technical content writer working with Silver Touch Technologies Ltd. She keeps keen interest in researching and writing on technical topics. She is a B.Tech graduate in Electronics and Communication and focuses on learning new things.

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