22 June 2017
It’s often said that money makes the world go around, but
the logistics sector is an equally suitable candidate. At any given moment,
there are millions of products and huge volumes of materials, such as fuel,
making their way from one place to the next. Making sure it all goes smoothly
is no easy task.
As consumers and businesses evolve, so too must the
logistics industry that supports them; the sector may have existed for
centuries, but it has always transformed to keep up with its users’ needs and
Like most industries, logistics has a historic reliance on
pens and paperwork. Drivers, fleet managers and all others across the supply
chain have long kept printed or even handwritten records of their work, which
are then logged back at base at the soonest opportunity. It worked, but it
wasn’t particularly efficient.
Records kept this way are prone to misinterpretation and
inaccuracy, or even complete loss. More than mere inconveniences, these issues
can lead to lost revenue and even legal troubles – especially when it comes to
the importing and exporting of particularly valuable materials, such as fuel.
Thankfully, these problems are being eradicated by a new
wave of technology.
The digital revolution
Today’s supply chains are long and complex, but they must
still operate quickly and efficiently. There’s a wide range of technology
solutions helping to ensure this is possible, and they’re used at various stage
of the product journey.
At delivery level, EPOD (electronic proof-of-delivery) systems make it possible for staff to record
and generate accurate data around each job. Real-time records can prove
invaluable; once uploaded to the database, the information is available to the
teams back at base, who can use it as necessary.
It’s not just the products being tracked either – advanced tracking and telematics technologies are providing businesses with
real-time visibility of their vehicles’ movements. Today, managers can see how
their fleets are performing, and use GPS data to optimise their logistics
An industry example
Technologies and solutions like EPOD systems are improving
logistics processes for businesses of all kinds, but they can be particularly
impactful for those operating in the fuel sector.
This is true for a number of reasons.
Fuel is a highly valuable yet delicate product. With tankers
nowadays carrying as much as 38,000 litres of diesel, LPG or petroleum, the
consequences of accidental contamination can be devastating.
Firstly, rectifying such an issue can be costly for your
business, but also, the integrity of a product will inevitably affect its value
and may jeopardise the deal altogether.
When it comes to importing and exporting fuel, customs
officials – like your customers - will require robust proof of the product’s
integrity. Failure to provide this could result in heavy fines and even
These are issues that products like TouchStar’s FuelEPOD system can help avoid. It collates all relevant stock movement
information in an end-of-shift report available to delivery teams and
management back at base. When compared with the pen-and-paper alternative, it
saves time and increases accuracy, to the benefit of everyone involved.
The future of logistics
These technologies are already having a big impact on the
logistics sector, but there’s more to come.
As we move forward, technologies like EPOD systems,
telematics and business intelligence software will become even more crucial to the supply chain,
and will themselves evolve to be even more powerful. As that happens, the
industry’s efficiency will only improve.
If you think that the Fuel EPOD system could benefit your
business then get in touch with us today.