12 February 2020
year, new bulk logistics management system?
A new year is a
perfect time to take stock and consider how we can improve the status quo. In
the bulk logistics workplace, this could mean anything from reviewing the tea
and coffee rota to upgrading your digital infrastructure – after all, both are
essential systems for an efficient office environment.
So, how do you know
when it’s time for a new bulk logistics management system?
A new optimisation
solution is a considerable investment and, if your business has a functioning
bulk logistics system in place, you may feel that it’s worth putting up with
the odd feature that doesn’t do exactly what you need it to.
But there will come a
time when your current system’s shortcomings start to add up, resulting in a
situation in which not upgrading could cost you more in the long run than
making the switch.
If it no longer meets your business needs, an outdated and
inadequate bulk logistics management system will hinder operational
weaknesses can signal that it’s time to invest in a new optimisation system for your bulk logistics company.
Your system doesn’t support strategic
The aim of most
businesses is to keep growing while increasing market share. But, while it’s
essential to have a solid business strategy and clear growth pathway, in
reality, an organisation’s development can often be multidirectional.
Today’s bulk logistics
firms are under increasing pressure to be agile in their service provision;
able to deliver a wide range of goods, while also offering supplementary
services. An optimisation system that doesn’t support a range of applications across
all logistics sectors can limit overall business growth and ultimately,
Your system is expensive and
Following on from the
scalability issue, if you’ve had your bulk logistics system for several years,
chances are you have had to retrofit features and functionality to keep it
viable. This is a self-perpetuating problem; the more additional functionality
you need, the more expensive your old system is to modify.
Many legacy management
systems require considerable hardware investment, too. The heavy-duty servers
that solutions used to need are expensive to run and awkward to house, as well
as a burden to maintain on premise.
Your system doesn’t provide real-time
or granular data
The picture of a bulk
logistics fleet in action is constantly changing. But if your management system
cannot receive live data from your drivers in the field, or is slow to download
it, you won’t have all the operational information you need to make fully
informed fleet management decisions on the fly. For example, if one of your
drivers was to finish their scheduled drops early, only an up-to-the-minute
view of your vehicles’ locations and job progress would enable you to maximise
the driver’s time and quickly assign them an extra job within a feasible
The ability to drill
down into data and combine different datasets is also key. A bulk logistics
management solution that doesn’t gather all levels of core and transactional
data against your business’s KPIs won’t reveal the kind of insight that
facilitates smoother and more efficient working practices.
Stop letting your management system
stall your bulk logistics operation
Putting up with an old
and out-of-date bulk logistics system can be more detrimental to your business
than not having a system at all.
Instead, we can help
you implement a flexible and futureproof optimisation system that offers
multi-level applications, a cloud-based infrastructure and real time
performance data in a single solution. Ready to find out more? Please don’t
hesitate to get in touch.