Topic: Automation (4)

Achieving Faster Delivery Times For Life Changing Shipments

Transporting medical shipments such as organs, tissues, and blood is a time sensitive process that leaves no room for error.

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Almost every business today has shipping needs whether it be buying products or selling products, and knowing where your packages are has traditionally been provided through lagging milestone updates. Traditionally, lagging milestone updates are when couriers only update the shipper after a package has reached a certain point. This means that you only get notified after packages pass certain checkpoints, or milestones, in the delivery process.

How APIs Will Change Shipping

It is hard to predict the speed at which technology in logistics is changing. In 2015, the EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) was the core of any advanced transport management system, but it is becoming irrelevant. Shipping APIs are taking over the shipping industry, becoming the most effective tech practice among shippers. In a research conducted with 200 supply chain managers, 85% are using EDI but 43% were unsatisfied with them. 55% of the respondents believe APIs is a practical option to use instead of the EDIs. The main reasons for the replacement is the need to function in real time, compatibility to use competitive TAT, and big data tech compared to EDIs.

Moving Logistics to the Cloud

Moving logistics operations to the cloud offers numerous benefits, including significantly lowering costs. A strategic move to the cloud could help you transform your business, create some new revenue streams, and stimulate innovation. With the development of cloud technology, cloud-based systems have the ability to provide enterprises with a view of their operations, enhance supply chain visibility and enhance collaboration.

If Everything Is Automated Then How Can Something Go Wrong

Even if every single aspect of a shipment management system is automated for your NFO shipment, things can still go wrong.

The End of Black Box Shipping

There is a concept in computer science known as a black box function. A function is considered to be a black box when the developer using it does not have any information as to what is going on inside of it. This can be very useful for the developer because it is potentially many less things to worry about. But then something goes wrong with his program and all of the sudden he needs deep understanding of its inner workings. If he is unable to get that information, he may never be able to rectify the problem.

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