Transportation & Logistics

Plan, execute and measure workflows to simplify the most complex supply chains

Industry Challenges

Technology has disrupted every industry and supply chain is no exception. With the advent of digitalization, the logistics and supply chain industry is getting a complete makeover. As logistics becomes the backbone of every industry like retail, e-commerce, consumer goods, and healthcare, the business world today is aligning its strategies with respect to the ongoing and upcoming logistics trends, such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms.

Amazon
87%
Efficiency of operations
79%
Labor and automation
68%
Current Trends

As demand for 3PLs grows, supply chain and logistics professionals will face greater pressure to improve shipper-3PL relationships. Instead of treating logistics providers as unavoidable, shippers, in their closer look at top logistics trends, will look at logistics providers as strategic partners in ensuring adherence to customer expectations and delivering on such expectations.

To stay competitive, logistics companies will begin offering more unique services, such as invoice auditing, automated freight classification, better rates on dimensional pricing, and a host of last-mile services.

Consumers don't want to just know where products come from. They want to know how they were made, how they were moved, who they affected, who made them, what the wages of the people who made them were, whether people are being treated fairly, if products are sustainable and every other question you can think of.

Internet of Things and newer technologies can be used to provide greater transparency into activities, and while blockchain technology has been widely touted as the ultimate solution to transparency, it does have some real problems when applied to shipment tracking. Proprietary information can be put at risk when used in blockchain technology, so blockchain technology is more likely to be used in areas that carry less risk and have fast value in logistics. In other words, blockchain technology will be more about shipment tracking than providing complete shipment and product transparency.

The 800-pound gorilla of the freight world continues to build out its own transportation and logistics network, challenging 3PLs to think outside the box. 3PLs must consider how to both compete and partner with Amazon to deliver the e-commerce and omnichannel logistics solutions retailers will require.

E-commerce has revolutionized shopping and the way purchases are delivered to customers, but one serious bottleneck that remains in the e-commerce logistics chain is human stock pickers.

Most big Internet commerce companies rely on small armies of stock pickers who walk miles each day through massive warehouses to gather goods for shipping. Amazon alone hires more than 80,000 stock pickers for the Christmas rush, making it a prime target for automation.

In recent years, Amazon began exploring robot stock pickers and this has started to revolutionize warehouse and logistics operations. While this solution has expedited the picking of goods, no robot can pick and pack products with the speed and reliability of a human in an unstructured environment.

Safety and logistics are coming under the microscope, as recent hacks into nationwide companies have revealed potential cybersecurity threats throughout some of the most secure organizations on the globe, including Equifax. Furthermore, pushback against the new administration has led some states to adopt even tighter regulations governing safety standards in the workplace, even if on a local level.

As a result, logistics providers will be focusing more on safety. Increased demand for faster turnaround will also have an inescapable result of increasing the risk of accidents in the transportation process. Workers are going to be moving faster, and doing things faster tends to result in less-than-safe practice. Logistics providers that do not take the time to consider how safety will evolve throughout this metamorphosis may be the recipient of unwelcome punitive damages and penalties on the part of injured parties or regulatory agencies. This will require the use of more advanced analytics to track employee performance and adherence to safety standards.

Case Study

Warehouse Management System

The client is a warehouse and logistics company. Gavant built a custom warehouse management system (WMS) capable of customer and product management, shipping, inventory and billing. The software provides a direct portal for customers to access inventory levels and other realtime status reports on products shipping in and out of the warehouse.

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Trip Tracking

The client is a software company. Gavant improved trip-tracking functionality on an existing software product and built a reporting module with custom visual report editor to enable customers' realtime visibility of fleet details and trip information and status.

Case Study

Pavement Quality Gauge

The client is a manufacturing company. Gavant built a mobile app for a custom manufactured hardware device to measure soil density and pavement quality for new roadway construction projects. The solution brings innovation and advanced technology to an industry whose methods have otherwise changed very little over time.

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Air Travel & Alerts

The client is a software company. Gavant developed a sophisticated platform to provide frequent fliers with all available air travel information. The system aggregates data in realtime, enabling the user to have up-to-the-minute information on flight availability, awards and upgrades, fares and seat maps. A proprietary alerting system can even notify users when flights or seats become available.

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Rail Car Tracking

The client is a railcar leasing and management company. Gavant built a customized software platform capable of realtime tracking of railcar trip, location and status information. The system provides rich tools for ensuring on-schedule rail shipments and efficiently obtaining information needed to help manage the movement of freight.

Warehouse Management System
Trip Tracking
Pavement Quality Gauge
Air Travel & Alerts
Rail Car Tracking
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