Logistics software involves the integration of information, transportation, inventory, warehousing, material-handling, and packaging, and occasionally security. Logistics is a channel of the supply chain which adds the value of time and place utility. Logistics software is used in the management and scheduling of mailing, shipping, and tracking of letters, packages, equipment, etc. Vendors such as UPS and FedEx offer shipping software that automates shipping and tracking processing. Mailing software allows business to expedite mass mailings. Features include verifying and standardizing addresses, presorting lower postages, printing labels, forms and tags, and calculate postal savings.
Logistics management involves:
√ Selecting appropriate vendors with the ability to provide transportation
facilities √ Choosing the most effective routes for transportation √ Discovering the most competent delivery method √ Using software and IT resources to proficiently handle related processes
Business logistics software is designed to display routing and scheduling information automatically, and to use delivery addresses to plot drop off points on a map. This type of logistics software can develop practical routes to coordinate more than one delivery when goods or services are needed at a certain time. It may also allow users to schedule delivery personnel and vehicles in a way that maximizes workforce availability.
Supply chain software can be used with logistics software in order to assist companies in improving the way they find raw components to make products or services and deliver them to customers. Due to the complexity of supply chain management, it may be relatively expensive to implement supply chain software packages that provide all of the tasks required to complete a supply chain management system.
Benefits of Logistics Software:
√ Management, processing, retrieval and storage of all shipping data √ Optimized use of resources √ Reduced inventory levels √ Manage information across the supply chain efficiently √ Improved customer service √ Tracking the physical movement of inventory using smart tags √ Plan, optimize and execute business operations more efficiently √ Enable informed decisions based on accurate inventory tracking √ Accurate orders and improved deliveries √ Improved visibility of entire shipping process √ Establish best practice workflow √ Compliance with export laws and regulatory requirements
Logistics software, such as transportation management software, can allow users to manage transportation operations relating to shippers, airlines, buses, trains, taxis, moving companies, and transportation rental agencies. These types of logistics software feature modules for tracking and managing every aspect of vehicle maintenance, routing and mapping, warehousing, communications, fuel costing, electronic data interchange (EDI) implementations, traveler and cargo handling, carrier management, and accounting. Package tracking software enables users to track physical assets by utilizing barcode tags attached to packages that automatically record the receipt, issuance, use, maintenance, and location of the assets. This type of logistics software ensures that package delivery is made on time.