Real-time visibility (RTV) can help enhance operations across the board, providing information right when you need it to build more resilient and efficient supply chains, regardless of the industry.
This is exactly why RTV is the backbone of Transporeon’s Transportation Management Platform. Its comprehensive network uses data and real-time insights to provide end-to-end visibility for various operations, such as matchmaking & transport execution, freight procurement, dock scheduling and yard management.
An RTV enabled transport management platform is the first step towards digitalisation and can help address industry-specific challenges due to its versatility and scalability. Because RTV is integrated into various modules, users can control where and how they can apply it to their operations, making it ideal for any industry
The need for speed
For example, for an industry such as the FMCG and retail sector where speed is crucial, RTV is a huge asset. Key information such as live location, ETA, and status of shipments can be quickly accessed via one portal. This provides a complete overview of transports, enabling rapid, proactive decision making.
Live tracking means that if any transports are early or delayed, operations and labour can be reprioritised. As a result, trucks spend less time idle at warehouses, saving both time and money whilst improving turnaround times. RTV also helps reduce check calls by up to 80%, allowing you to focus more on other tasks.
For industries such as print, paper and packaging, that face increased service level demand, prioritising customer service satisfaction is crucial. RTV helps ensure this by proactively sharing real-time information the customer, helping manage expectations. This is done via a range of methods such as sharing a link, notifications, a customer portal, or through a deep link via an API – which promotes collaboration and helps build stronger customer relations.
Automatic notifications not only keep customers in the loop, but also allow them to prepare their warehouses, loading docks, and allocate labour accordingly to maximise operational efficiency on their end when a truck is due to arrive.
Different industries have different sets of needs. For example, the chemicals industry has complex supply chains, underpinned by pricing, demand and strict environmental regulations. Therefore, is it crucial that it utilises the latest technology to ensure that it can drive innovation, efficiency and better decision making.
RTV data creates visibility across all processes and provides high-quality insights into operations. This enables businesses to pinpoint areas of improvement to drive efficiencies, cost savings and to make informed decisions, helping to mitigate risks sooner rather than later.
Specific to the chemicals industry, Transporeon’s RTV enabled platform provides safety features that allow shipments to be monitored in real-time, notifying operators in case of any unusual events. This includes IoT technology such as door/container opening sensors, alerts and a safe parking feature all work together to give you peace of mind.
Digitalisation is also a key trend for the construction and building materials industry, along with the sustainability. In such scenarios, RTV is key when achieving sustainability, digitalisation and operational goals. RTV insights help improve operations by enabling informed decision making and problem-solving, helping to reduce emissions in the process.
For example, RTV provides insight into how trucks are used and how transportation networks operate enabling businesses to reduce empty mileage and effectively match capacity and demand. By improving overall operations, trucks spend less time idle, can optimise routes and improve truck turnaround times, reducing overall carbon footprint.
Recovery and cost
After Covid, many industries were left in a period of recovery. Such was the case for the metal and steel sector, which saw covid exacerbating existing issues such as over-production, demand fluctuations, efficiency, and emission regulations. To maintain this recovery, resiliency, cost and good customer relations are central.
RTV helps address these areas, working to mediate disruption and enable proactive decision making when it comes to dealing with volatile demands, capacity issues and cost pressures.
RTV can track and monitor deliveries throughout the entire transportation process. Data-based RTV allows it to automatically calculate the truck travel time in advance and, when used in conjunction with dynamic time slot allocation, a time slot can be automatically resigned to another transport that has already arrived ahead of time.
This eliminates unnecessary waiting times and associated costs, which is particularly important for the metal & steel industry as unused cranes ready to be used for trucks that do not show up incur costs. Likewise, by giving the customer notice, they can reprioritise assets and labour at their own sites.