Author: Ana Stanca
Demand Generation Leader, Enghouse Transportation
Despite the impact of Covid-19, the logistics sector has continued to grow and develop. Freight forwarding is now estimated to be worth around 161 billion euros and continues to grow apace. It is intrinsic to the modern global economy, and when it encounters large-scale operational problems, a range of sectors ultimately suffer.
As with every other sector of the global economy, transport and logistics (T&L) are facing the challenge of digital transformation. The scale and complexity of the challenges can make some companies hesitate but now is the right time to embrace digital transformation and the benefits it can deliver.
In T&L, this means replacing outdated, paper-based processes with the latest digital tools and systems to facilitate real-time logistics information exchange, eliminate friction, and accelerate business processes.
By undergoing some initial upheaval, logistics players can respond more rapidly and effectively to operational events, empowering them to deal with problems if they arise and, more importantly, take advantage of any evolving opportunities.
Digital transformation can make the process of ordering deliveries and shipments easier for buyers while, in parallel, eliminating friction for carriers. Better use of data and communication of that data keep all members of the supply chain better informed, supporting more agile processes.
Ultimately, digital transformation in logistics results in sustained performance improvements, increased efficiency, and reduced costs.
What are the advantages?
Consistent users of digital tools in the transport and logistics sector report a number of key benefits that digital transformation has delivered. These include:
Improved Transport Pricing and Invoice Control
With a transportation management system, businesses can better manage their transportation costs by accessing real-time data and analytics that enable them to optimise carrier selection and negotiate better rates. The software can also automate invoice auditing and payments, providing more visibility and control over transportation spending.
Better Consolidation of Shipments
Transportation management systems allow businesses to consolidate multiple shipments into a single shipment, reducing transportation costs and optimising the use of available resources. The software can identify opportunities for consolidation and create optimised routing plans that reduce transit times and costs.
Easier Ways of Dealing with Returns
Returns management can be a time-consuming and costly process for businesses. A transportation management system can simplify the process by automating return shipping labels and routing plans, providing real-time visibility into return shipments, and automating returns processing.
More Optimised Notification and Tracking Procedures
Transportation management systems can provide real-time tracking information for all shipments, enabling businesses to provide accurate delivery estimates to customers and proactively manage any delays or issues. The software can also automate notifications to customers and internal teams, improving communication and reducing the risk of errors.
How Enghouse Transportation simplifies the transformation process
Many companies in the T&L sector recognise the importance of digital transformation but have not yet identified a concrete strategy to implement it. Through our Locus Solutions division, Enghouse Transportation has addressed this challenge with the development of a comprehensive software suite designed to help businesses streamline their logistics operations.
It delivers a range of features and capabilities that can help companies manage their transportation, warehousing, and distribution needs more efficiently and effectively.
With Enghouse Transportation, businesses can streamline their transportation management processes and focus on growing their business.
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