The advent of enterprise-level transportation management IT systems, such as SAP TM were a substantial step forward, as they allow us to standardize intricate procedures, eliminate much of the paperwork and monitor key steps in the transportation process.
Live truck location and inventory condition monitoring
With the presence of an IoT sensor, you can get a live feed of what/where/when: where are your trucks, what are they carrying and in what conditions? With the live information now available on a single dashboard, there are a number of concrete business benefits that can be derived:
- The ability to make sure that drivers use the agreed-upon routes and don’t deviate for any of the possible reasons;
- Idle time monitoring: since a long stop can signal anything from a long nap, a vehicle malfunction to a security issue;
- Ability to prevent inventory spoilage if the transport conditions change by re-routing trucks and conducting preventative maintenance for cold-storage containers.
Automation of execution monitoring
As with any IoT initiative, the value-add of IoT in the supply chain lies in the integration of sensor data with the sophisticated business logic of the transportation management system. Rather than being a competitor to “traditional” TMS solutions, we view IoT as the enabler of the already sophisticated business core. For a more detailed discussion on the topic, reach out to us.
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