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March 9, 2021 | 13:03

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Companies now a day have developed a very different approach to logistics betting all on an effective transport system. To gain efficiency, it is essential to digitize your supply chain. E-logistics represents an opportunity to achieve significant savings in terms of time and expenditure. To get off to a good start, adopting the right software solution is the first step. This approach makes it possible to initiate a BPM (Business Process Management) project to put the best IT tools at the service of its operational efficiency.

Logistics software is a digital tool built to control the complete supply chain. Several logistics software may be required to manage all stages of its logistics chain. To meet the needs of the Supply Chain Execution trades and to manage the supply and delivery of goods. Supply Chain software meets the needs of companies: 

  • To manage the customer orders, the solutions offered are ERP or AOM i.e. Advanced Order Management
  • To manage the Warehousing, a WMS i.e. Warehouse Management System solution
  • To manage the Transport, TMS i.e. Transport Management System
  • To manage the Software Forecasting demand for APS i.e. Advanced Planning System solutions.
  • Logistic App Development Stages

    Have you ever experienced a situation whereby your freight brokers spent a lot of time verifying the load board, your driver’s truck got stocked or broken at the mid-way to the warehouse while some of your trucks drive empty? This situation sounds like a nightmare for all business holders and all logistic company business owners. Such situations occur because of the vulnerability of the logistic system i.e. the logistic business is segmented, consisting of several departments that must be coordinated by a system of command. These departments include the fleet, warehouse, and delivery, which must be managed accordingly. Another important aspect of this is the absence of visibility throughout the logistic departments’ results in a loss of profit because of empty miles. There is a need to improve the logistic system thus creating a way to connect and improve the logistic systems i.e. organizing the warehouse, certifying maximum truckloads, truck tracking, etc. in a nutshell providing proper transparency throughout the departments.

    The perfect solution is developing a logistics mobile app that will permit the transmission of information throughout all departments predictable and transparent, after reading this article you shall be aware of how to create your proper logistics mobile app.

    Principal reasons on why to construct a mobile app for a logistic company

    To have an effective workflow logistic businesses require to integrate mobile app strategies for the following benefits:

    Reduce delivery cost and time  

    Fleet management mobile solutions have been of great advantage in planning freight delivery, decreasing empty miles, and forecasting fuel expenditures. 

    Paperwork elimination 

    The full and proper database of the company’s paperwork could be found on the logistic mobile apps thus providing instant access, avoiding troublesome paper type orders and service orders. 

    Provide Optimum control over the transportation  tracking 

    An included GPS tracking device may provide appropriate information through the app about the live location of the freight, achieve more coordinated shipment, modify the route and forecast the vehicle’s dispatch time.

    Optimizes the routes and dispatches 

    A mobile app provides solutions for warehouse management thereby building a database bar code scanning system that ameliorates the freight dispatching and the delivery programming proposing the best routes to drivers.

    In a nutshell, you shall enjoy the leverage of mobile technologies thus automating routine tasks, provide transparency through the departments, controlling the dispatching inventory real-time, and live thus increasing the profit, reducing expenses, and reducing the empty miles.

     Step by step Development of  logistic App

    Clients usually request an estimate of the app logistics development app cost, this request depends on the type of app, the components used, and the features used in the app, making the estimation impossible. so before getting in touch with the app developers, you must know the type of app you require, you need to be informed on the development phases thus this can be done by having meetings with the developing team.

    To give you an idea of the app development procedures, we collect essential logistics app development phases. 

    Step 1. Selection of the type of logistics App

    The first stage includes selecting or analyzing the department involved in the app, logistics apps also differ by purpose, feature list, and end-users. The first stage includes the principal path taken by the developers and the purpose of the app. A choice must be made among the following:

    Fleet Management Mobile Apps:

    Having an extensive fleet may be challenging, vehicles require to be tracked and maintained in time. The Fleet management app helps in recording, managing, and storing all data information about your trucks. Having such a transport logistics software will help you track vehicle histories, maintenance, fuel expenses, service cost, and other principal units thus giving you a deep introspective into the total cost of ownership i.e. knowing all the ins and outs of your logistics.

    Fleet management apps involve the driver’s app with the user’s permanent information on the vehicle with an Admin web-based app that helps you give orders or assign the user’s missions, schedule maintenance alerts, track your fleet statistics .. etc. To analyze deeper and in more detail these apps we have chosen to discover Fleetio Go, which is a peculiar example of a fleet management app.  

    Fleetio Go
    Fleetio Go

    Fleetio Go is an app created and managed by a part of Fleetio Manage logistics management software group. This app helps drivers to update their trajectories information, access fleet database, and track the fleet every time, everywhere. In this app, some principal features are incorporated:

  • Live tracking GPS for every vehicle
  • An included media gallery with photos, comments, documents, and videos
  • Transmission of work orders
  • Real-time assessment submission and frequently issued feedbacks
  • A streamlined database updates managed by barcode scanning
  • Logistics On-Demand Mobile Apps

    Generally, vehicles are not always driving fully loaded and find themselves driving with extra space in their trucks. This space can be managed or completed with some extra freight for delivery. So if you want to have an effective fully loaded truck and increase your logistics income, you may consider using a shipping on-demand mobile app.

    The on-demand delivery logistics apps is a platform capable of connecting company-owned vehicle drivers and shipping companies needing to deliver their cargo on time. 

    This platform interconnects the admin panel, shipper app, and carrier apps. The following explains how these apps work:

  • The shipping companies send a freight request with cargo origin, charge, load weight, cost, and size.
  • The app sends notifications to the nearest driver or vehicle available, ready to pick up the cargo i.e. accepting the shipment request.
  • As soon as the driver picks up the cargo, the shipping company can track the transporter’s location updates via GPS thus receiving real-time alerts and updates on the delivery status.
  • As the delivery is completed the platform notifies automatically the shipper and sends an invoice for payment.
  • This platform will help your company economize and earn money because the shipping on-demand app charges the app service fee based on the delivery’s total. Giving these explanations is not enough so we could take for example the app 

    Cargomatic Driver app   

    Cargomatic

    Cargomatic is aimed at independent company-owned truck drivers that require accepting some other shipment during the delivery course. The platform called the Cargomatic Driver app contains some specific features as: 

  • The platform contains a GPS tracker that always determines the location and suggests the nearest shipping requests, in addition, shows the driving directions.
  • The platform offers a section including requests for nearby shipments.
  • The platform offers the possibility for the shipper to access information on the origin, weight, size, fragility, and destination of the cargo.
  • Messaging tools are available to be able to discuss details concerning the cargo.
  • The app contains the detailed history of completed orders, shipping request, and their status.
  • Detailed digitalized documentation i.e. the driver takes a picture of the bill the inputs name of the representative and the POD.
  • Warehouse Mobile Apps

    Owning a logistic business requires a warehouse, this warehouse should ensure all shipments are delivered to the precise origin within a specific time. This is done while managing the tracking of the freights and updating hundreds of delivery statuses at the same time this is almost impossible to be done simply so there is a  need for software or an app. The warehouse is firstly being digitalized using the barcode scanning application development. such applications are powered by third-party  APIs thus creating a database to register various barcodes and integrate them into the system database leading to an update of the information of the products in real-time. Another huge advantage is the elimination of expenses, the barcode scanning appliance gives the ability to the logistic company to economize on expenses on human resources to check the bar codes,  saves time, and increases the efficiency of employees thus reducing the bulk of work that has to be done.

    To find out about the principal warehouse management features we have to take into introspection the app Logistics Plus Mobile Warehousing and Transportation Application. 

    Logistics Plus Mobile Warehousing and  Transportation Application 

    This app Ameliorates warehouse management by reorganizing the processes involved in the warehouse, checking details, and tracking both international and domestic freights. The principal features of this logistic management are as follows:

  • Integrated resource management software (ERP) giving the ability to track freight in and out of the warehouse.
  • The Shipping being tracked by the shipper, PO, or consignee and the status.
  • The Barcode scanner feature is integrated into the app to read the barcodes using the camera phone i.e. giving detailed info sabot the product and updating the warehouse database.
  • The updated position of the freight i.e. the shipping geolocation, status, speed, navigation, departure time and arrival time, and the ETA at arrival.
  • As you have enough information on the logistic mobile app, its abilities, and features list, it is important for you to gather your developing team to improve the tools used on other apps to create yours.  

    Step 2: Mobile app Developer Quote

    This stage is meant to constitute a technical expert team and also maximize the communication between your future team and you as a potential client. It is very important to select the best developers, which have had the experience to work on such projects, the project success directly depends on the amazing professional team and the communication among them. Where to find developers that match with such a project :

  • Professional social network i.e. Linkedin, Atletico, Indeed, Shapr.
  • Clients reviews platform i.e. Goodfirms.
  • IT blogs and forums where developers share their expertise, tips, and experiences with their clients.
  • Step 3: Detailing your business idea and sign NDA

    As your request is been accepted, a sales manager will have to schedule a meeting to get in touch and receive detailed info on the project. The sharing of information should be shallow, you wouldn’t like to be copied on by technicians that are not fully part of your team yet. The most important thing is to make them sign an NDA i.e. non-disclosure agreement, then make a call to the sales manager. Now you can tell the sales manager exactly what app you would like to build, the users, the features, and the additional tools. Information will be sent from the sales manager to the business analyst that has to estimate the project cost.

    Step 4: Reception of the project cost

    A rough cost of the project is not the final cost simply because so many other details are involved in the development of such projects; there are tech details and other requirements. So avoid enterprises who promise to develop a logistic project for a ridiculously small cost. You will have to compare a number of parameters the rough estimation from the developing team, technologies stacks, timeframe, team composition, and the working rate.

    Step 5: Launching the Inception phase

    After step 4, there is a need to initiate step 5 which is the inception or discovery phase that may last from one to three months. The discovery phase involves the technical document, which must be developed by the programming team. This document answers the questions concerning the app’s business logic, the interaction with the app, the end-users, and the functions. In a nutshell, the documentation describes the project aim, all possible situations and ways individual users will interact with the app, the app actions, the architecture, and the list of technologies. During this phase, an app prototype may be developed. A prototype is the minimal interactive version designed to test the principal functionalities of the app i.e. the design elements, the visualization of the main app design elements.

    Step 6: Construct and launch the apps MVP

    After the 5th step, the team can finally develop an MVP. MVP stands for minimum variable product. The MVP is an app version that involves the minimum or essential features incorporated and required to prove the good functioning of the conception. Building an MVP by the developing team includes the following:

    Creating an MVP developing plan 

    The programming team develops an MVP roadmap that uses the project specifications thus prioritizing the app’s features. The app road map is the documentation including all the MVP iterations for implementation and the user stories.  

    The development phase starts 

    The developing team starts by executing user stories according to the road map or the development plan. As the iteration finishes, the team gathers frequently preparing to send you feedback, and every month the team will make demos to show you ready-made parts of the app.

    Release of the app’s MVP on the market

    As the MVP of your logistic company is finished, the programming team runs the definitive demo, thus releasing the app on the Apple stores like the Samsung app store, Apple Store, the Google play store for public use. The stage involves the handling of all the project to you i.e. the app accesses, the app’s code, the project documents, and the full database 

    Step 7: Using advanced features to empower the logistic app 

    Stage 7 involves the implementation of advanced modifications used by previously collected feedback from users. The programming team will then agree on what advanced features are meant to be implemented or modified before implementation. The following should be considered when adding advanced features: 

  • Platform build-in messaging
  • Media gallery containing freight images or photos
  • Live to track freight using GPS
  • Complete shipment history
  • Third-party payment companies or platforms
  • Barcode scanning implementation
  • Optimizing logistics software
  • Modifiable shipping order status
  • Document digitalization
  • Use of tracking and real-time inspection API
  • Conclusion 

    Following all the recommendations from this article will help you create logistic management serviceable to ameliorate the performance through all your departments. I.e. from the warehouse to the vehicle maintenances and even proposing alternative routes. The principal thing is to develop an outstanding app by following the steps provided above. If you have specific questions about developing a logistics app, you can contact our team. 

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    Written by:

    Filonenko Vyacheslav

    I've been leading a tech department specializing in eLearning applications and Business Intelligence for 10 years

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