Transportation management is stressful. We know. But part of that stress is due to inefficient and outdated ways of working that no longer cut it in today’s logistics climate.
If your company hasn't yet made the switch to Transportation Process Automation (TPA), your logistics teams are probably overwhelmed, going through too many steps, firefighting and wasting time searching for information. Not to mention all the time spent on endless back-and-forth communication that slows things down even further.
Are we bang on the money? It’s okay. Knowing this is half the battle.
The other half of the battle is figuring out what to do about it.
Here’s the reality as we see it: Transportation management is making a lane change. The entire sector is in the spotlight. First Covid and trade wars, then the Suez Canal. This disruption made one thing abundantly clear: Supply chains are the driving force of businesses. As a result, businesses are now looking at their supply chains with renewed interest…and expectation. This is a game changer for logistics: it’s now essential to create a fully effortless and streamlined process that is both flexible and resilient. As a result, transportation management will have to gear up to meet this urgent demand for a better flow of shipments.
Here’s the solution as we see it: Transportation Process Automation. By automating the tedious manual work, it not only saves time, it also cuts down on mistakes. Employees no longer need to deal with slow, boring tasks, they’ll be able to shift their focus to managing incidents and exceptions, which is where you need them to be to stay on top of things and make customers happy. What’s more, it puts you in a better position to lead your growing business into the future with confidence. In the logistics of tomorrow, manual workarounds won’t simply slow down the process, they might be the breaking point for companies.
Using a modern TMS will mean the end to slapdash solutions and constant firefighting that results in crisis management rather than transportation management.
We’re well aware that transportation is often a target of cutbacks, meanwhile money is being funneled into innovation projects for other departments within the company. But how can transportation professionals adapt to the new paradigm shift while having to keep working with spreadsheets and emails? You wouldn’t want an old truck with flat tires or a leaky ship delivering materials to your clients, so why would you want outdated software in the hands of the people powering your business? Tools from a bygone era are the roadblocks of transportation management. And a team that is struggling to get information or to communicate results in serious bottlenecks. It’s time to phase out the old way of working and evolve toward the new.
Transportation management is undeniably still a human endeavor. That’s why we’ve created Flo: digital wizard, virtual donkey, and eager little self-taught bot. Flo is designed to help humans do what humans do best: give logistics the human touch.
Imagine what your logistics organization would look like with Flo doing the menial jobs. You’d be able to create a staff that excels at handling exceptions, that knows what is happening in their supply chain with a click of button, no matter where they are: sunbathing on Mars or globetrotting the moon (provided there is reliable wifi, of course). They’d solve incidents instantly because information is readily available and easily shareable.
Way to go, Flo!