Advanced Logistics Software Provides Visibility from Dock to Door
The courier and logistics industry has adapted to new modes of transportation and technology since the founding in 1852 of the first private express premium package delivery company, Wells Fargo. Today’s transportation services sector now makes use of sophisticated logistics technology and equipment to maximize workflow and ensure fast and timely delivery. Newer technologies and the increased reach of the Internet have led to greater transparency and advanced methodologies of tracking using online systems. Robust information technology and mobile technology provides complete visibility from warehouse to door and back.
A variety of courier technologies and devices are available today to help dispatchers plan deliveries, ensure warehouse employees fulfill customer orders with the right products, make drivers’ jobs easier and provide customers greater accuracy and reliability.
Two main logistics technologies manage the “back-of-the-house” operations such as inventory, shipping and receiving, order fulfillment and scheduling and routing drivers.
Warehouse Management System
A warehouse management system (WMS) is a software application that supports the day-to-day operations in a warehouse including inventory control, pick and pack, shipping and receiving, and order fulfillment.
Transportation Management System
A transportation management system (TMS) helps with planning and execution of deliveries across the supply chain. TMS software includes shipment planning, fleet or carrier dispatch software and some fleet management applications.
Logistics Technology Viewed as Important Capability
Today, more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies outsource some aspect of their logistics. Third party logistics (3PL) companies are consistently tasked with operating domestic transportation, warehousing, freight forwarding, inventory management and Information Technology (IT) services.
According to the 2016 20th annual Third-Party Logistics Study on the “State of Logistics Outsourcing,” 3PL customers identified the top IT capabilities 3PLs need to be successful as: warehouse/distribution management systems (WMS), transportation management planning and scheduling (TMS), visibility, electronic data interchange and web portals for booking, order tracking, inventory management and billing.
Courier and Logistics Technologies Drive Efficiency
Technology is crucial to operating a successful warehouse, shipping and receiving operation or 3PL company. These technologies can stand alone or be integrated across all systems and devices to help eliminate paperwork, reduce errors and increase productivity among your warehouse employees, drivers, contractors and couriers.
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