Goodies IoT holds in Store for Warehouse & Logistics Industry
We have talked a lot on IoT technology lately based on how it helps in transforming various industries. Adding to that today, let us talk about one of the most crucial industries which has set up the world on the wheels after the lockdown due to COVID-19, the logistics industry.
Keeping this short, let us try and understand the first question that is, where does IoT technology fits into the logistics operations? Very well, here they are.
- Warehouse operations
- Freight transport
- Last mile deliveries
First, let us get our grips on the both, manual and smart warehouse system understanding before we dig further into the proposed IoT solutions.
The scene so far!!
In manual warehouses, we usually saw workers moving around with lists, picking products, loading them into carts and then delivering them to the shipping docks. That’s where the logistics operations resume.
In contrast, a smart warehouse has an automated system to receive orders or goods that commences the process of identification, categorization, organization for shipments. This ecosystem aims to automate everything, from suppliers to end customers from the warehouse.
Why was this change long due?
It is widely felt and accepted that IoT solutions for the logistics industry were due to be implemented as they commence a new era of supply chain management. Eommerce has greatly galvanised logistics businesses, isn’t it? The emergence of mobile commerce and global acceptance of this technology has caused a huge shift which was long due in logistics.
Online shopping by you and me is perhaps the best platform to shop things we like. Once the purchase is made, we remain excited but anxious at the same time, wishing the product to be delivered on time. Tracking transparency has been a bigger issue in logistics operations. Having GPS in trucks is just not enough, as it does not stop boxes to often get misplaced. This results in delayed delivery. Boom. Customers expect more visibility over their much awaited products or assets.
Moreover, with IoT app development and integration can meet the core necessities of a smart warehouse management concept. The necessities are:
Agility : Adapting to swift and constant changes in the industry.
Data access : Controlled monitoring and usability of operational data.
Scalability : System can be scaled up or down in the future when needed.
How IoT helps Logistics Operations?
Following are the solutions which could be developed and implemented into an existing warehouse management system.
360° Warehouse Management
An IoT powered system that helps warehouse managers to optimise overall operational efficiency for faster and error-free deliveries. Using various sensors to pull data, features like real-time tracking, the management people could save time to monitor and manage goods, analyse the staff efficiency, along with accounts for taxation and billing.
- Automated ordering
- Indoor mapping
- Enhanced space utilization
- Improved asset security
Advanced Asset/Shipment Tracking
For a better experience and visibility, the tracking system has improved tremendously over the years. With increased data retrieval and processing, customers or clients can receive real-time ETAs of corresponding shipments at various stages once they are in transit. This helps the clients to take required steps to maintain sustainability and avoid delays. Moreover, advanced fleet telematics could help the admin to track the transit times, toll charges, routes, etc. This data could help in making better decisions for the future to cut overall costs and improve transit operations.
- Smart asset management
- Avoid shipment theft
- Fleet telematics
- Overall cost monitoring
- Enhanced visibility
Smart Inventory Management
Mismatch of an actual inventory and ERP records is the most annoying thing in warehouse operations. However, with the help of BLE technology, this could be easily overcome. The Beacons are attached to the inventory assets or pallets. These beacons transmit every inventory information to a fixed or mobile receiver in place. The collected information is then sent to the ERP system for analysis to verify the inventory. The admin can check this data through a custom developed mobile application for remote monitoring.
- Remote inventory monitoring
- iBeacon SDK integration
- Precise and quality data collection
- Enhanced decision making
- Avoid apparent loss
Adaptation of IoT in the logistics industry is increasing and as a result, people can expect better and faster deliveries in the short future. This technology could be massive for the purpose of efficient deliveries, given the range of possibilities it unlocks. It helps drivers navigate seamlessly from one drop off location to another with less troubles. With the help of GPS technology, drivers can use system application through mobile apps integration to avail the driving assistant features to avoid traffic congestion, smart routes, and more.
- Intelligent maps
- Smart route management
- Fleet tracking and management
- Faster efficient deliveries
- Overall fuel efficiency
It does not end here…
A range of devices and technologies can be used to turn your orthodox warehouse operations smart. Beacons, RFID tags, Barcode technology, various sensors (motion, humidity, temperature sensors), wearables, etc. have their own way of being effective in this overall epic technological shift. But what to do if you are unaware which technology or device integration would suit your requirement the most?
This is where industry and IoT experts at IndiaNIC can help you with tremendous success in providing robust and scalable IoT solutions.
How can IndiaNIC help?
Ever since its establishment in 1997, IndiaNIC has not been a product company. Instead, it is a service company having all the technical abilities in-house that will give you amazing software experience, right from the ideation to the implementation. 100% project success and client satisfaction is in our DNA.
Our years of experience and industry coverage is one of our USPs. The team has greater success in designing and developing multiple logistics applications and IoT solutions using technologies like IoT, BLE, GPS, geofencing, etc. for global transportation and logistics businesses.
Contact our Logistics Software Experts to discuss your idea now!