When most people think of how technology can help with logistics, Amazon’s package delivery drones come to mind. Although Amazon is one of the world’s biggest companies that’s always looking to improve delivery, technology is impacting the logistics industry in a number of ways. Here are just a few of them.

New Technology In Logistics Industry For Connecticut

Shipping/Tracking Systems

Advances in software and the technology that runs it means that after you place an order, you’ll be able to find it anywhere during its route. Tracking with a smartphone app is as simple as a tap on your screen. Mobile apps exist for every part of logistics, including shipment tracking, barcode scanning, real-time inventory management, customer service, and more.

Transportation Management Systems (TMS)

TMS applications are a centralized communication system for all things logistics, communications, and other essential processes. Cloud-based TMS platforms allow them to be used in real time company wide, instead of just at terminals, to reduce bottlenecks, upgrade cybersecurity and reduce delays. Look for TMS to be implemented more and more at 3PL companies large and small nationwide.

The Internet Of Things (IoT)

Usually associated with home-based automation like a smart home device, Iot is also a game-changer in the logistics department. With sensors built into anything involved in the supply chain from trucks and cabs to trains and ships, information is gathered and sent to the crew as well as customers and others who are gathering the data.

RFID (radio frequency identification) tags are also used in a similar fashion to the IoT sensors, and are used to monitor containers in distribution warehouses. The cost of these tags has decreased in recent years, making them viable for everyday tracking.

As both technologies become more cost effective, along with others like Bluetooth and Automatic identification and data capture (AIDC), these automation technologies will work together to speed information to 3PL companies as well as customers.

Smartphone Apps

Another link to the IoT world is an app that takes you there. From various TMS pieces to freight sharing and beyond, there is a wide range of available mobile smartphone apps that work with every part of your supply chain that are available and ready to use.

One example is an app called Logistics. This free app can manage all of your logistics and warehouse needs, and connect all the parts of your supply chain. It can automate order management with a wide range of advanced functions and give push notifications for important events. The web-based version is designed for dispatchers and includes operations management, planning and distribution, and other functions. The mobile app is designed for mobile employees and delivery drivers.

Evernote is another app that can help keep track of important information. While it’s not specifically designed for logistics, it’s a project management tool that can also help keep track of projects, notes, tasks and other important things as well as voice dictation for on-the-to note taking, as well as collaboration.

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3PL Worldwide offers all these services and more—and if we don’t, we can find it for you with our experienced support personnel.  We’re ready to help you with as much of your supply chain as you need. From customer service to transportation, storing and shipping, 3PL Worldwide can cover you in Connecticut all the way to California. Want to know how we can help your company? Contact us today at (888) 456-1920 or use our online contact form.

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