When freight forwarders transport part and full loads, their drivers often travel all over Europe for days. By using logistics apps, their dispatchers can keep an eye on the current orders, send new tours to the drivers and receive the delivery documents. In this way, they control long-distance traffic without making calls to the drivers.
Transfer order data to the drivers, take over loading locations in the navigation, guide the loading of the semi-trailers: service providers can organize cargo traffic digitally. In flexible mobile applications for their logistics, they store the appropriate workflows for partial loads, full loads and container traffic and thus control the execution of orders:
- Perform departure checks
- Deploy transport units
- Instruct reloading
- Transport goods loaded
- Document delivery
Mobile apps guide drivers linearly through the individual work steps, transmit the current positions of the trucks while driving and determine the estimated time of arrival (ETA). At the same time, they record and document the current status at all times and provide this information to all parties involved.
What are cargo transports?
Cargo transport is defined as transport solutions in road freight transport, which cover a larger number of packages and are usually handled either not at all or at most once until delivery. The majority of them are long-distance traffic. Unlike general cargo traffic, they do not require any pre-carriage and, for the most part, no on-carriage. From the place of loading to delivery, the load is therefore typically on the road with the same truck or transport unit, i.e. semi-trailer or interchangeable bridge, throughout the entire transport chain. This direct traffic also makes the transports cheaper for the customer and also enables the forwarding company to achieve higher margins.
Long distances, long journey times
Full load traffic in long-distance traffic characterizes the professional profile of the truck driver. Long distances, long journey times and absences from home. This also includes a strong independence of superiors and great freedom during a tour. In practice, logistics is now so tightly timed almost everywhere that appointments are also required over other routes. The necessary streamlined organization enables mobile apps for drivers and forwarders. This is because the flexible applications make it possible to send new orders and tours directly to the driver in a mobile device. At the same time, his company can keep track of its position and the estimated time of arrival at the recipient without calling in the truck. This relieves the driver of information and communication tasks and thus ensures greater safety on the road.
Billing cargo transports faster
In addition to organizational advantages, the use of mobile apps also enables great commercial benefits. Thanks to digital order processing, logistics companies can bill transports much faster. The applications make it possible to digitally record and transmit the delivery documents (POD). This means that service providers have their proof of performance confirmed by the recipient much earlier. They can issue and send invoices before a driver has returned from their tour. This time advantage also improves the liquidity of companies, because with the accelerated settlement, the payment deadlines for the forwarding customers also expire earlier.
Mobile apps make it easier to organize cargo transports
While cargo traffic was rather difficult for freight forwarders to organize in earlier times, the starting position has improved considerably with the advent of logistics apps. Even though truck drivers continue to be on the road for weeks, their companies can now exchange all information digitally, receive status data in real time, and even receive delivery receipts electronically. The individual work steps are documented directly in the course of a workflow and the drivers are integrated deeper into the processes of the company as mobile employees of the forwarding company. In addition, the transport chain has also become much more transparent for forwarding customers. You receive arrival time forecasts and can plan your connection processes more precisely after delivery.