To make real-time tracking of goods, logistic information systems of business partners should have real-time communications capability such as the ability to change in dynamic routing and scheduling system when the vehicles are already out on the road. Any last minute changes in routing and scheduling system or constant tracking has been possible only with real-time communications ability of the respective systems.
Technology that empowers people to analyze, find, use, collaborate, and share data to maximize efficiency and workflow. It helps to tap into the power of the people and utilize them effectively.
Sure, they’re still not as physically robust as their ruggedized counterparts, but today’s smart phones - whether they are provided by the company or brought in by workers on a “BYOD” (bring your own device) basis - are staking a bigger claim in supply chain operations these days.
Going forward, all of the analysts interviewed for this article say mobility will play an increasingly important role in supply chain management. Being able to “cut the wires,” it seems, can create substantial benefit across the supply chain and allow shippers more freedom to optimize their operations and improve visibility.
Smaller consignments are consolidated at a warehouse and subsequently despatched as a volume shipment.Consolidation may be in-house or provided by a third party. Freight forwarders offer consolidated services, particularly in international shipping. There is usually an element of storage in consolidation, whilst awaiting departure of the consolidated consignment. The main advantage of consolidation is the saving of transport costs by sending volume or full-load shipments.