Earlier in olden days, things were different in the logistics industry, where customer had to wait under the scorching sun, stare at their watch and call the driver who says he is just about to reach from the past 15 minutes, but now with the help of mobile apps, things are changed. Thanks to the advancement in the information technology sector, now rather than waiting for hours together to locate our transport we can accurately locate them by using on mobile applications and not only this, it is quite easy for the driver to reach his/her destination right on time.

On-Demand Mobile App Transforming Logistics Industry
The success of Uber made the urbanization of the logistics industry, so every business owner in the logistics industry wants to replicate this solution and reinvent the logistics solution by eliminating the broker or the middleman. But, with the introduction of mobile application development for the same can help you to increase in the overall sales as well as to boost the profit of the logistics company. So, not only this it can also help you to remove the need of a broker who would be charging up to 35 -40% of the commission for his services. So, now the question is, how are these on-demand mobile apps changing the logistics industry? As it optimizes the cost and time associated with receiving and delivering packages. Furthermore, it is also helping to establish a direct link between truckers or those in need of the services. So, this means the business model becomes more efficient as compared to traditional models. Mobile devices like a smartphone have also become an essential part of our life, all thanks to the advancement in the technology as most of the people shifted from traditional methods of ordering service to the smart way of obtaining services with a touch on the mobile app. So, this where on-demand mobile apps help to initiate services in the sharing economy like cab booking, homes services, food delivery, and so on. So, not only these mobile apps also helping consumers to receive the services wherever or whenever they want.

Below are the given points why you should consider on Demand App development for your business:

•It is cost effective, as well as easy to customize.
•More satisfaction from consumers.
•Provide user-friendly and better scalability.
•More Secure.
•It is easy to upgrade.
•Provide better Services.

Uber for X App
Companies which deal with on-demand apps provide on-demand services which are referred to as Uber for X. So, such companies are growing steadily for delivering services across the globe with the help of mobile technology. So, below are the given points’ how on-demand mobile apps are transforming the logistics industry and why businesses should consider an on-demand mobile app for the logistics industry.

Seamless management of warehouse
On-demand apps provide an easy functionality like easier to scan products or goods which come or go out of the warehouse, so this can help to avoid the human errors and to sync the warehouse data into the database.

Provide flexibility to optimize routes and delivery schedules
Mobile app for logistics companies helps to get insights on transportation routes and then thereby find the most optimized delivery route. So, this helps to ensure business efficiency as well as customer loyalty as it creates opportunities for improving the relationship between the enterprises as well as the customer.

Location Tracking App
GPS technique provides the facility of tracking vehicle as well as a fleet in real-time. So, a logistics company which has to track down numerous vehicles on diverse routes can help to make use of mobile apps and can understand the location of their cargos and vehicle at the same time.

Vehicle Management
On-demand apps help to enable assessing factors like the amount of mileage as well as fuel, to save on a particular route to help the logistic owner to maintain efficiency. Additionally, user can not only check the amount of fuel which can be saved, but the user can also check the other features like battery check, engine health and be proactive about the vehicle health based on the collected data.

Process Efficiency
Transportation and logistics app solution helps for all the traditional paperwork to be easily converted into paperless solution, so thereby it helps to enable quick, secure data, retrieval, as well as better management of solutions as compared to the traditional paperwork.

Better inventory management
Right transport and logistics app solution helps to manage stocks as well as inventory in the real-time. Nevertheless, this also helps the enterprise owner to prioritize good dispatches based on the customer requirements.

Driver dispatcher capability
A driver can make use of mobile applications to dispatch the shipments as seamless as possible because mobile apps help to keep the driver updated with route information. Besides, the driver can also access information such as distance traveled delivery schedules and other minute details to assist in decision making.

Enhance user experience
Mobile apps can be used by both customer as well as shippers, so customers can place an order if they need to send gifts to their relatives from food delivery with a click of a button and on the other end, a shipper can also make use of mobile apps to deliver the goods. Thus, the entire process of ordering goods and delivering them has become simpler as compared to the earlier experience of where a customer had to walk up to a courier provider in order to ship a product. So, the on-demand app solutions can help to saves time as well as enhanced user experience.

Below are the given features of on-demand transport as well as logistics applications:

Dispatcher interface
The interface is mainly used for task automation, so the dispatcher can also allocate a particular cargo to a vehicle based on the parameters like the direction of the journey, load capacity, etc.

Feedback mechanism
Feedback mechanism is mainly used for ensuring the customer to raise their voice about the shipment. Thus, a good feedback mechanism should allow both the dispatcher as well as the customer to provide feedback about each other.

Real time job tracking
On-demand apps also provide a GPS mechanism to get real-time driver information for ensuring that the pickup times get reduced, thereby boosting efficiency.

Route optimization
On-demand apps also provide smart routing features in the on-demand app, so that the user can save both fuels as well as time by deciding the best-optimized route for the delivery of the shipment.

Driver logs
Monitoring the performance of the driver depends upon their daily activities, so it has become easy with the help of on-demand transport as well as logistics app. Hence, with the on-demand mobile apps’ business can also advise to assess drivers and strengthen their company driver relationship.

How Uber trucking apps can help to solve logistics problems?

Automation
It is difficult to find an efficient laborer, who can satisfy the requirements in the logistics industry’ so that the automation can help to eliminate the need for such labors to solve numerous issues to leverage better outputs with fewer laborers. So few benefits are the given below:

•It can help to reduce human errors, which can occur while entering some valuable data in other situations.
•It can help in reducing transportation costs by making smart decisions based on transit time, price, and other required factors.
•It can also increase customer services by providing auto pick up, customized accounting, real-time tracking, etc.

Improved revenues
Ecommerce website is expected to control almost around 20% of the retail market in the coming years, but with the options like one day delivery eCommerce website development, undoubtedly need a quick and fast tailored supply chain to fulfill their deliveries.

So, this shows that in the future trucking industry will be creating more and more business. So, few benefits are given below:

•The on-demand app enables to skip manual data entry because of the enhanced warehouse management by using mobile apps.
•With the help of Uber trucking, the driver can also find nearest delivery shops as well as the shortest route to be informed of weather ahead of time and plan the journey accordingly.
•It also helps to provide real-time information about the goods to the customer and thereby increase customer
loyalty.

Manage population shift
As population increases, so it has also become essential for a business owner to manage consumer’s needs as well as a business requirement. But, with the automated Uber solution, it is easy to find the optimal locations for the distribution centers, flexible manufacturing centers based on the population’s shifts to meet the increased demands easily. Thus, logistics companies can easily migrate into an on-demand mobile app, which can help to collaborate internally as well as allocate assets to match the population’s trends.

So, for wrapping up, mobile app development is definitely the need of an hour as it is assured to bring huge returns. However, if you are an enterprise owner, then you need to think who your audience is and how can you make their lives simpler. So, we at Panacea help your business to identify complexities and other requirements in order to ensure the transitions to mobile for logistics companies is smooth as well as successful.

Source URL: https://medium.com/@wishvite/how-on-demand-mobile-apps-set-to-revolutionize-the-logistics-industry-5429f4e06675

Author's Bio: 

Vivek Ghai has over 18 years of experience in software services industry. He is the founder of a software company specializing in web and mobile application development. He has hands-on experience in operations, digital marketing and business development in the technology industry. He advises start-ups and also is a technical co-founder for few of them.