18 July 2019
to look for in a digital bulk logistics solution
Going digital has the
power to revolutionise a bulk logistics organisation from top to bottom. With
benefits that go far beyond simply reducing paperwork, managing operations
digitally can help a business boost efficiency, save money and generate
invaluable business data insight.
But, if you’re in the
market for a digital optimisation system for your bulk logistics firm, what’s
the best way to compare your options?
Some of the most beneficial and
progressive digital features are sometimes those that are less immediately
obvious, so it pays to have a specification checklist that’s on the long side.
Make sure your list of
must-haves for a digital bulk logistics solution includes the following:
systems are delivered and stored over the internet, or ‘the cloud’ – a scalable,
secure virtual space where a business’s software, databases, analytics and
networks are saved and backed up. This means there’s no need to have or hire large,
expensive physical servers on or offsite to host your IT systems, which
considerably reduces the operational and staff costs associated with
digitisation. Your business won’t need an in-house IT expert and is able to
save on 24/7 server energy consumption.
And, since a
cloud-based logistics optimisation solution is stored online, it’s accessible
from any connected device, anywhere in the world. That’s not to say anyone can
gain access though; cloud technology has been developed to offer robust
multi-layered security, as well as virtually uninterrupted uptime.
Our bulk logistics
optimisation systems are based on market-leading Microsoft Azure cloud
technology, with automatic backups, secure VPN connectivity and more
certifications than any other cloud provider.
Today, there are
specialist digital management systems for virtually every type of logistics
operation, as well as the option to commission a bespoke solution. Yet,
investing in a specialist system could actually hamper rather than help
business progression, especially if your bulk logistics firm provides services
across multiple sectors or has plans to diversify its service offering.
Opting for a bulk
logistics solution with multi-level functionality gives
your business the digital support it needs with far more flexibility in terms
of what you ship. For example, we have developed Podstar with a broad
application across all logistics sectors, from oil and gas to aggregates, chemicals to waste. This
adaptability enables you to branch out into delivering different sorts of bulk
products without having to invest in a new system.
Then there’s the Podstar
service module; a built-in feature that allows bulk logistics companies who
provide a service, such as repairing pumps, to manage this alongside its
haulage obligations within a single system.
Operational on any device
Advances in mobile
computing and connectivity mean that the days of developing digital software
for one type of device are well and truly over. Thanks to the smartphone boom,
most of us now carry a sophisticated mobile computer with us everywhere we go,
so choosing a logistics optimisation software that runs on one of these, as
well as on built-for-purpose mobile computing hardware, can greatly improve system usability and
Podstar works with
Windows, Android or iOS operating systems, by way of an app on any connected
device and in conjunction with other third-party software interfaces, so your
business can deploy bulk logistics optimisation in a way that suits you.
like the ones mentioned here, are an important consideration for bulk logistics
companies seeking digital solutions that will scale alongside their operations
and offer room and flexibility for growth. Find out the other ways our logistics optimisation solutions can meet the criteria on your wish
list by getting in touch