Nowadays, the high competitiveness in logistics industry requires goods to be delivered when they need and fast. To be ahead of competitors companies turn to applying smartphones, mobile apps and other devices to automate and manage all processes from stock inventory and shipments to supervision fleet in real-time.
These technologies allow them to improve the supply chain mechanisms, increase productivity, lower the expenses and improve clients’ satisfaction level.
In this article, we are going to introduce you to must-have modules of logistics mobile applications and how they can benefit your business.
MUST-HAVE MODULES OF A MOBILE LOGISTICS APP:
1. Daily log
It is a module for collecting information on driver’s daily log with the help of next features:
- Driver’s personal information;
- Plate number and model of the vehicle;
- Hours of work;
- Passed mileage;
- Detailed cargo description.
The application automates the management process and improves the efficiency of operating the fleet by providing information on vehicle’s whereabouts, the mileage it has passed, and the approximate time of arrival to the place of destination. Managers can check drivers’ logs to monitor if there is anyone working out of service hours and control the state of the vehicle in accordance with drivers’ reports.
2. Location tracking
This module is designed to receive and transmit the information on vehicle’s location. Usually, it is tracked either by utilizing satellite signal through GPS or by means of cellular connection. Normally the app would use the information from both of these options, as tracking location through cellular
data heavily relies on the network coverage and is not always available.
Cellular data tracking is great in urban areas. There are many cell towers to keep the device connected and send coordinates of the vehicle’s whereabouts to the server. However, when the network is not available, the data is stored in the internal phone memory and will be transmitted to the server only after the connection is restored.
Satellite tracking, on the contrary, is supported by the GPS module. GPS tracker receives the information about the vehicle’s exact location and transfers it to the server through a satellite modem or any available network connection (cellular or Wi-Fi). The application can use the data from the one that is already on the driver’s smartphone or the one that is connected to the application through Bluetooth. Find out more about methods of location tracking in our article:
This module is designed to help you optimize the cargo for delivery. In case if there is a shipment that should be loaded and delivered in a limited amount of time, the manager can check the base and assign the driver whose vehicle has not reached its load limit and happens to be near the cargo.
If the driver has been found, the manager will assign the task to him over the admin panel, and the driver will get informed about the new task with a push notification.
3. Cargo tracking
Apart from tracking the vehicles and loading units, logistics companies have to supervise their cargo. Therefore, this module is designed to give proper information on which item is in which van.
There are two ways to implement the system for inventory management:
- RFDI or NFT technologies
You can either use a distinct QR-code for each item, which may be scanned with a cellphone’s camera through an app, or another special scanner. Alternatively, you may apply radio frequency identification (RFID) or near-field communication (NFT) technologies.
RFID tremendously increases the speed of processing and scanning units compared to traditional code scanning. As it uses radio waves for detecting and identifying the object. It consists of a scanner and a tag with embedded chip and antenna. These tags can be active and passive. Passive tags can be detected within 25 meters, while for active the distance can reach up to 100 meters. Logistics industry prefers using active tags, of course.While NFC applies the same principles, it differs in the distance that makes scanning possible. NFC tags should be positioned close to the scanner, so it is not possible to scan all objects at once from the parking lot. The employee will have to check every truck and every item.The scanned data hidden within the tags will contain the information about cargo carrier, tracking, the receiver of the package and time when it was delivered. This way company will be able to avoid losing or delivering a wrong package.
4. Information on Driver’s behavior
This module is meant for collection information about the driver’s behavior on the road through the GPS. Not only does it allow to track the precise location of the fleet member, but also to receive information about the driving speed, engine start-up and
shut-down times, and transmit the data to the manager. Any cases of speeding, irrational driving or injury crashes will be reported. The collected data can be used for developing and enforcing a driving policy of the enterprise to avoid unwanted driving behavior and regulate any violations. It will encourage employees to work more effectively and avoid using company trucks for personal use.
5. Vehicle inspection
Here will be stored the information on the state of the vehicle and defects revealed after it was in use. The application will keep records of vehicle’s body integrity check, the state of the undercarriage, brake system, and engine compartment.
The manager will be able to revise the results of the inspection and schedule necessary repairs. It will allow eliminating the possibility of a sudden break-down or accident that may occur due to some parts giving away.
One application can contain all of the modules given above and even more. Logistics app development is going to increase the efficiency of your management and fleet. It will organize drivers and keep them aware of the rules and timetables.
Mobile logistics applications ease the working process for employees, improve customer satisfaction rates and bring down the expenses by controlling logs. Plus, they diminish usage of corporate vehicles for personal purposes.
In case you wish to meet the competition fully equipped, consider putting your money into the development of a high-quality application for transportation and logistics management.