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May 6, 2020 | 17:05

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Why Do Transportation and Logistics Companies Need a Mobile App?

Logistic and transportation companies are expanding rapidly nowadays helping other businesses to develop and grow. What is the core reason why logistics is such important? The logistics department manages the transportations of the products and materials includes different processes like supply chain management, warehousing, route management, etc. To satisfy the ever-changing needs and the core demands to share real-time data the transportation companies have to ensure technology potential. Here comes the importance to create a logistics mobile app.

Types of Mobile Apps for Trucking Companies

Our imagination usually associates mobile apps for logistics companies with apps like Uber where there is a clear picture of route management to track the order status. The variation of mobile apps for trucking companies are the next:

  • Apps for route tracking and fleet management help to deliver actual location data about the exact driver and vehicles.
  • On-demand apps are widely popular in the delivery to satisfy the users’ demands to get stuff upon request.
  • An app for managing warehouse data helps to arrange the administrative routine more effective.
  • Building a logistics mobile app doesn’t limit by the above samples. The main thing is to apply technical solutions upon clients’ demands and prevent them from losing billions yearly because of the demurrage of trucks and holders.

    Make a Logistics Mobile Application with the Maximum Profit for Business

    With technological growth private administrators and enormous enterprises lower the percent of draining money. They now can control the spending on services with mobile apps for trucking companies with such in-built approaches:

  • Ability checks the driver’s route to ensure on-time delivery and notify the customers directly.
  • Applied fleet management to track and improve productivity, the location data, overall route and its consequence to the schedule.
  • Implemented management and booking to facilitate entrepreneurs apply management operations on the go using either tablet or smartphone.
  • In-built CRM/ERP system to get rid of paperwork and manage the process in minutes.
  • Established 24/7 connections between the service provider and customer allows sending real-time data about the delivery status and receive notification about the work done.
  • Following these basic approaches transport will save time and money for both user and entrepreneur.

    Logistics Mobile App Features

    How to apply the above-mentioned approaches to make your logistics platform mobile app winning and successful? Generally, we classified transport and logistics mobile app development into three parts: driver app, customer app, and an admin app. Each one has a primary list of features mentioned below:

    Driver app

    application for drivers

    This application is created for drivers to boost their productivity, help them to get in touch with both customer and administrative office. Drivers app contains the following features:

  • Sign up via email, phone number or social networks.
  • Notification of users’ requests, then accept it and manages order until it will be completed.
  • User details with the name, location, address, phone number, and final destination of the customer.
  • Location tracking with a detailed route map to reach the final destination.
  • Users’ App

    customer-side app

    The customer-side app includes a bit different list of features such as:

  • Sign up is similar to the driver’s app where users usually register via email, phone number or social networks.
  • List of transportations where users can select and book the required one upon their personal needs.
  • Real-time notifications and alerts related to control, tracking, delivery. Alerts are sent in real-time to keep users notified regarding the delivery process.
  • A payment gateway allows users to pay in-app or receive a bill and receipt in the app.
  • Rate and review after receiving the order.
  • Admin App

    admin app

    The admin app is required to manage both drivers and customers. It contains the whole information about orders (new and in progress), reviews and feedbacks, the rout of each driver, billing, etc. Admin app is usually developed for the web despite drivers and customers can be both iOS and Android apps. Here are some necessary features:

  • Dashboard to show the complete info of drivers and users. The list of new, in progress and completed orders are visible there with the feedbacks from customers.
  • Driver monitoring allows to check pending orders and monitor drivers map.
  • Push notification service allows sending alerts about order status, billing, and driver allotment.
  • Billing allows receiving, analyzing, and approving bills and invoices.
  • Vehicle management helps to manage each vehicle condition, fuel consumption, and other management activities.
  • This basic list of features we listed is enough to build MVP and release the app within the shortest terms.

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    In the competitive business world, many companies diversify a basic list with more possibilities such as:

  • Chat between customers and drivers to stay connected during the delivery trip.
  • Multi-language support for companies that serve customers far away from the local area.
  • Estimated fare before accepting the order is an extra feature for the customer’s app. Price varies on the vehicle type, road length, etc.
  • Driver-related features to track vehicle speed, exact distance left to reach the destination, the number of stops driver made, and phone usage.
  • The more additional features exist, the better your app will be from the point of customer service and drivers’ management.

    Popular Logistics Services Mobile Apps

    To make a logistics mobile application without the core understanding of how it will look is difficult, that’s why we suggest checking out the list of leading logistics software in 2020 to inspire.

    MALAYA CARGO SYSTEM

    Magaya is a logistics software that allows you to pick up orders, air shipments, sea shipment, ground shipment, and tracking deliveries. The company allows both free trial and demo to ask for the required information. Lifetime membership is paid. Magaya helps users to manage accountant services via the app to receive and apply payments, manage bills, and send the invoices. The product is available on web, mobile, desktop apps, and also can be hosted in the cloud on customer’s premises.

    JAIX

    Jaix is an Australian company gives ERP software to the logistics industry. The core audience of Jaix company are businesses that want to automate logistics businesses, remove paperwork, engage employees in one working environment, run accounting services within one platform. Here are some of the Jaix tools:

  • Online booking
  • Tracking system
  • Reporting
  • Allocations and despatch
  • Cost control
  • Distribution control
  • WEBXPRESS

    WebXPress provides end-to-end logistics services for the logistics industry. The company tracks the whole shipping process starting from the order set up to rout building and final delivery. WebXPress performs live GPS tracking and comprehensive auditing and analytical tools.

    How Much Does it Cost to Make a Logistics Mobile Application?

    Before we could answer how much does it cost to build an app for the logistic industry, decide for yourself will it be an in-house team or a freelancer. We suggest considering a company with the complete team for logistics app development and real expertise in building such apps. A freelancer will not be able to handle the whole project development lifecycle which usually consists of:

  • Gathering primary information, market research. This stage is usually handled by the Marketing Specialist and Business Analytics. Estimated time: from 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Planning. Here is the step where the Project Manager together with the Designer work on the sitemap and wireframes. Estimated time: from 2 to 6 weeks.
  • The design comes when you approve the structure and wireframes, the Designer could start drawing page layouts. The website and app layout is the result of a designer’s work. The estimated time for this stage is from 4 to 12 weeks.
  • The coding part is the most complicated as it requires to cover both Front-end and Back-end parts. If you will start with the mobile apps development only, then you need iOS developer, Android developer, and Back-end developer. If you want to include a website as well, then you will need to consider Front-end also. The estimated time for this stage is from 6 to 15 weeks.
  • Almost the last stage will be testing, review, and product launch. This stage might take from 2 to 4 weeks as after testing it happened to fix some errors and bugs.
  • After the complete product, launch considers that you will need to maintain your app regularly (add new features, fix errors).

    Speaking about the cost across the different countries there is a different hourly rate. US and Canada developers charge over $150/hour; Indian developers might ask $20-$40/hour for their services. Developers from European countries charge between $30-$70/ hour. The price depends on the years of experience, expertise, features complexity. Don’t forget that your development team is not just developers. There should be a project manager, designers, QA, developer.

    Considering the rate between $25-$30/hour your primary mobile app for logistics companies will cost at around $15000, and more complex one will be beyond $35000. Don’t forget that except for the app development cost there will be some extra expenses on marketing, maintenance, and product updates.

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