MWI: Mobile technology
and its impact in transportation management
It's no secret that mobile technology plays a significant part in the supply chain for goods today. For many years, this technology continues to evolve and several transportation personnel and logistics are currently using multiple and commercial-grade mobile devices to handle the supply chain more efficiently. With this, managers can also do their job wherever they are located.
Mobile phones with barcode and label printers, built-in cameras, Global Positioning System (GPS), handheld computers, Near Field Communication (NFC), RFID tags, scanners, shared logistics networks, tablets, and voice recognition software are all included in the technologies involved. Each one of these technologies also allows maximum flexibility and can be both mobile and wireless.
It is often required for most businesses these days to use mobile and wireless technologies to provide better services. In the industry of transportation, this technology is nothing new. In fact, there were several big companies that invested in mobile technology in the last few decades to drive efficiencies and create competitive advantage.
Every point in the supply chain feels the impact of the advancements in mobile technology. MWI Consultants identifies the trends that currently impacts the industry which are important for every shipper and logistics professional to know.
The top trend on the list is about wireless solutions. MWI Singapore is regarded as one of the most reliable organizations in providing innovative mobile and wireless solutions for customers in the transport sectors as well as public safety and security operations in the nation. Most companies today choose wireless solutions to help shippers get both transparency and efficiency and help them create a more cohesive workforce outside the walls of the warehouse. Some wireless solutions offer tracking and tracing capabilities.
Secondly, it’s regarding the mobile market being driven by the end user. With the end user dictating mobile consumption and driving the market, providers should develop engaging and practical mobile versions of their applications and mobile-enabled equipment that allow visibility throughout the entire supply chain to keep up with the increasing demand for wireless solutions from shippers.
Third is about the focus on the individual worker. Mobile devices such as smartphones aren't the same, and both shippers and vendors understood this, thus, a lot of vendors are now working to separate their devices from the standard assembly-line applications. Moreover, shippers are taking extra time to match the right user with the right device, data, and applications they may need in order to perform the job more efficiently.
Lastly, a firm communication over the supply chain. In the past decade, the cost, speed, and reliability of mobile communications networks have increased dramatically, resulting in an improved customer service. Higher levels of communication and collaboration also allow logistics managers, truck drivers, dispatchers, sales personnel and receivers within the entire supply chain to provide better customer service.
Getting out from your comfort zone may provide better opportunities for your organization, this is why many shippers are getting out from their "manual" comfort zones and now moving into mobile solutions. It's also evident that smartphones are starting to replace ruggedized devices in the supply chain.
MWI Consultants Singapore perceives more great developments in mobile technology in the future. Having said that, it's now a trend to combine several mobile and wireless technologies to create a total mobile solution that addresses the needs of an entire logistics and supply chain operation.
Many of these solutions allow users to receive shipment notifications, track and trade shipments, and get rate quotes. For example, one of the products of Metropolitan Wireless International named Automatic Location Tracking System (ALTS) let users manage daily operations by tracking the fleet on the roads.
Mobile technology is indeed playing a vital role in the transportation management these days. It's evident that this technology continues to flourish in this industry. With this, various businesses now have the advantage of continuous connectivity that early adopters did not have. Using the current technology for your organization will surely give you a competitive advantage, that's why the MWI Consulting continues to design and develop innovative solutions using mobile and wireless communication technologies to provide better services for their customers. MWI also offers consulting services as well as project management services that can deliver helpful benefits.