Mobility Solutions and Freight Management

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There isn’t a single company that doesn’t bemoan the high costs of freight. All companies would love to be able to reduce these costs, while at the same time mitigating the damages caused by delivery delays. Unfortunately, given the high costs of gas, and constant fuel surcharges, most companies seemed resigned to their fate; pay the freight bill and absorb the fuel surcharges because there’s no getting around the problem. However, is this really true? Do companies have no choice but to accept their fate, one marked by extremely high freight and the frustration that there’s little they can do to reduce the damaging effects of delivery delays? Well, the short answer is “no,” they don’t.

Companies can make a difference and do so with an enterprise mobility solutions platform that provides them with up-to-the-minute information on deliveries, schedules and shipment tracking. That power allows them to better manage freight at the source, reduce the impact of delays and immediately divert shipments to new destinations and customers. Barcoding inventory plays an essential role here. However, equally important is having the handheld computers that recognize those barcodes and allow companies to track shipments directly to their destination.

1 Real-Time Shipment Tracking

Imagine how much better your entire supply chain will perform when everyone has access to enterprise mobility solutions. Your personnel will be able to track incoming shipments of raw materials and outgoing shipments of finished goods with absolute accuracy. No manual process can make that happen, but a solid enterprise mobility network can. This will help your sales and customer service team better manage customer expectations and provide those customers with instant updates on order deliveries.

2 Bar Coding Improves Trace-ability

Bar-coding your inventory of finished goods allows you to track each and every shipment right up to their destination. If issues are encountered, you’ll know exactly what was shipped, how much was shipped and to which customer it was shipped to. All of this is done in a fraction of the time when compared to manual processes, ones that involve a multitude of internal and external phone calls to customers and shipping agents, all in a useless attempt to figure out what can instantly be identified on a rugged handheld computer.

3 Instant Point of Delivery Verification

You’ll know the instant the customer signs off on receiving their shipment. That real-time data will come directly from the mobile device to your terminal. You’ll immediately be able to reconcile shipments and provide your customers with instant delivery updates. Imagine how impressed those customers will be when you tell them the moment their own warehouse personnel have received and signed for a shipment, one that the customer has deemed critical to their operations.

4 Schedule Management

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