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Mobile Apps for Logistics – 7 Must-Have Features

We feel that we are lacking the mainstream and that our competitors are quickly outpacing us especially on the ground of technology.” This is one of the most cited factor which drives the motive of exploring possible mobile apps for logistics to boost the traditional operating processes every transportation and logistics company normally executes.  The insights produced by an IDC report stating that the current adoption rate of Enterprise app stores is only 20% further highlights this reality.

This could be attributed to the passive attitude that most solution vendors manifest in educating more conservative decision making layers especially in the technical and ROI aspect.

In other words, a mobile vendor must exhibit patience and proactivity in demonstrating how every traditionally lengthy but necessary administrative task related to proper execution of consignments can be successfully executed with a mobile app for logistics and how this translates into actual ROI for their structure.

Mobiloitte’s core Enterprise Mobility portfolio includes dedicated logistics app for iPhone, iPad and Android. What you get from us is completely developed technical and functional architectures wrapped in complete flexibility over the features and the modules you would like to see included in your mobile solution.

Speaking of features let’s see some of the must-have modules and features for dedicated transportation mobile solution.

1.   Driver’s daily log

A module meant for keeping a daily driver’s log. Features  include tracking for driver information, hours of work, mileage, pre-inspection, post-inspection, and delivery details. Every little detail that is involved with the logistics of delivery are incorporated into this feature. Because the driver is required to sign-off on the inspection of the entire truck, this is an economical way to maintain the integrity of goods and company assets.

2.   Vehicle Mileage and Fuel Expense Tracker

This set of features can be used in tracking expendable distances driven for business purposes. It allows users to select the purpose of the trip and it calculates the expense amount, based on the company’s reimbursable rate. It also can be used for tracking purposes that are required for taxes. Fuel/gas charges can also be added as part of the expense report.

3.   Driving Route optimization

Would you not love if from the comfort of your admin office you were able to recommend optimized route for a particular driver and entire fleet? Well, your mobile app for logistics can do that as well. Its deep integration with services such as Google Maps can give you real time information of the traffic density on a particular route or area so that you can quickly take preventive measures and redirect your drivers to a less jammed route. Sexy, isn’t it?

4.   Driver and vehicle tracker

Your entire feel or any individual driver. All that it takes is your driver to have the dedicated module installed on his BYOD device or the one provided by you. This can also help you optimize the cargo for each one of them. Say for example you receive an order for shipment of goods. A particular driver whose vehicle hasn’t still reached the maximum load and who happens to be near the location of the cargo can quickly be assigned to go and pick it up. The admin assigns the task via the admin panel and the driver receives a push notification with instruction for new cargo to be picked. The driver acknowledges the reception of the task with a click of a button and moves towards the destination which is now displayed on a map on his smartphone device.

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5.   Package tracker

Package Track form allows you to record carrier information, tracking, and who a package was delivered to. This information can be manually uploaded by the driver via this dedicated module or as most of our client prefer, automatic updates which happens as soon as the shipment reaches the location. As soon as the data package is delivered back to the admin, the same compares whether the data matches the initial input provided at the time when the task was assigned to the driver.

6.   Automated Manifest Form delivery

As we mentioned above, our clients particularly appreciate the option where the driver with just a click of a button on the screen can instantly send a manifest delivery form back to the central as soon as the shipment is completed. The delivery form is tied to specific vehicle information and the location of the shipment. This ensures 100% credibility and accuracy.

7.   Automated Bill of Lading

The Bill of Lading is an essential document for shippers and carriers. The Bill of Lading mobile module includes compulsory fields including contact information for shipper, recipient, third party billing, and carrier, and itemized lists for both the customer’s order and the carrier’s tracking information.

These are the most important modules which our transportation and logistics client express particular attention and eagerness for deployment within their IT structure and mobile first strategy. Please keep in mind that (1) this is not the final list of features which you as Transportation Company can utilize, and (2), most of these features are optional and you can choose which of these modules you would like to have them included in your final mobile solution. Many of our clients appreciate this flexibility because it enables them to scale their solution as they grow without overburdening their IT budget.

Tell us about your experience with mobile apps for logistics and transportation. What is the degree of importance you would assign the features listed above? Is there a particular module that should have been added here? Your opinion is highly valued and necessary for continual improvement of our solution.