Bench­mark­ing in­no­va­tion with ease

A Trans­porta­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem (TMS) can take many forms. It could be a stand­alone prod­uct, or a com­po­nent of a broader sup­ply chain man­age­ment. Su­mit Sharma, Co-Founder, GoBolt, talks about how tech­nol­ogy is bringing in ease.

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ATMS is tech­nol­ogy for man­ag­ing the part of the sup­ply chain that puts com­modi­ties in mo­tion. It helps com­pa­nies move in­creas­ing adoption, a trend that started a cou­ple of years back in the Western World and is rapidly catch­ing up in In­dia.

These new TMS will en­com­pass and trans­par­ent in­for­ma­tion digi­ti­sa­tion of data, sys­tems en­hance shar­ing, ship­ment costs while boost­ing equip­ment and fa­cil­ity pro­duc­tiv­ity.

A fully au­to­mated and lean sup­ply chain can help re­duce load sizes and stocks by lev­er­ag­ing smart dis­tri­bu­tion tech­nolo­gies and smaller AVs. As per the cur­rent stud­ies and re­search, on-high­way trucks will likely be the first ve­hi­cles to fea­ture the full tech­nol­ogy on pub­lic roads, not any time be­fore 2040. Although, its pro­to­types al­ready exist, and com­pa­nies are cur­rently de­vel­op­ing the soft­ware al­go­rithms needed to han­dle com­plex driv­ing sit­u­a­tions.

Trains pro­vide an ex­cel­lent way of mov­ing plenty of goods across the coun­try, but it is too lim­ited. If trans­port drones could be de­ployed from a train to de­liver pack­ages as they ap­proach cer­tain des­ti­na­tions, so as to send all of a man­u­fac­turer’s prod­ucts by train across the coun­try and have them de­liv­ered with­out re­quir­ing any ad­di­tional time be­fore the train reaches the des­ti­na­tion. How is the use of ro­bots in ware­houses, load­ing, un­load­ing, and de­liv­ery chang­ing the in­dus­try?

We are en­ter­ing a point in time when ro­bots will be­come more vis­i­ble and im­pact our lives more di­rectly; in our stores, in our of­fices, and in our homes. They are soon to en­ter the world of lo­gis­tics, here in In­dia as the in­ter­est for such ser­vices are sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing. One of the big­gest chal­lenges fac­ing the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try today is labour avail­abil­ity. It’s not easy for com­pa­nies around the world to find enough high­qual­ity em­ploy­ees to move goods from sup­pli­ers to cus­tomers. Two com­pet­ing fac­tors are mak­ing this es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult; the first is an in­creas­ing need for more lo­gis­tics work­ers and this is be­ing driven by the e-com­merce rev­o­lu­tion and its need for more par­cel ship­ments; the se­cond is a de­cline in the avail­able work­force that is ap­pro­pri­ately skilled and ready to be ab­sorbed in the in­dus­try. Find­ing enough skilled labour for the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try could be­come ex­tremely dif­fi­cult or even im­pos­si­ble. The so­lu­tion to this is sup­ple­ment­ing work­ers with col­lab­o­ra­tive ro­bots, ef­fec­tively al­low­ing to do more tasks while im­prov­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity. What is the im­pact of In­ter­net of Things (IOT) in lo­gis­tics?

The us­age of In­ter­net of Things (IoT) in lo­gis­tics can help with - the sup­ply chains op­er­at­ing faster, cheaper and bet­ter to meet cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions. The IoT rev­o­lu­tion will al­low us to en­hance those so­lu­tions by in­tel­li­gently con­nect­ing peo­ple, pro­cesses, data, and things via de­vices and sen­sors, as id like a SCM 2.0 au­to­ma­tion of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process to im­proved vis­i­bil­ity within the ware­house. Many busi­nesses have al­ready dis­cov­ered the ad­van­tages of us­ing mo­bile tech­nolo­gies; how­ever, How­ever, with vis­i­bil­ity into per­son­nel, equip­ment and trans­ac­tions, en­ter­prises can bet­ter sup­port peak oper­a­tions in real time – bet­ter­ing op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency and per­for­mance.

We are en­ter­ing a point in time when ro­bots will be­come more vis­i­ble and im­pact our lives more di­rectly; in our stores, in our of­fices, and in our homes

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