Month: June 2020

Warehouse monitoring

Warehouse automation - solutions for the future farm to plate monitoring logistics industry

smart warehouse ecommerce solutions

Operator – Hello, Good morning from Smart logistics LLC, Cape Town, South Africa. How can I help you?

Prospect – I need to book 2500 sq.mtr of your cold chain, temperature-controlled smart warehouse facility for a week. We need to see the storage space & want to monitor the white wines we export regularly to Europe.  If found suitable, we will take on lease, the warehouse space on a long-term basis. We also need to remotely monitor the inventory, track workers, shipments, temperature & possible damages due to poor cargo handling methods. 

Our customer in Europe insists on traceability of the shipments and the final invoice payment is adjusted for damages or delays in case of deviation from any of the predefined conditions in supply chain digitisation & visibility.

Helpdesk – Welcome.  You can visit our smart warehouse anytime between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm. Monday through Saturday.  The storage area can be dedicated for your special purpose and using our customer portal, we will configure with a user name and password so that all warehouse tracking parameters, including arrival, stay, despatch time and environmental parameters can be regularly monitored remotely in a secure manner.

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Smart warehouse for the new normal

The customer logs into to the Digital twin logistics platform to select an eCommerce option, The available 2500 sq.mtr zones in the smart warehouse are listed under temperature-controlled, fragile, food and consumable section.

The customer selects a temperature-controlled zone with a constant environment reading, the rental duration of 1 week, add-ons like air quality, humidity, ambient light & temperature monitoring along with the 10-minute frequency of reporting & individual wine carton tracking options into the warehouse eCommerce cart. Makes online payment – Selects drop off time for the cargo and the service level agreements

 Farm to fork monitoring logistics tracking warehouse automation solutions

During the drop off of the premium organic white wine, the truck driver is able to download the order specifications. A docket contains the required tracking tags and the layout map of the booked temperature-controlled zone is made available at the front gate. The tags are attached to the 10 cartons and stacked in the designated zone. The job has been done, thanks to smart warehouse automation solutions for the new normal.

Farm monitoring & eCommerce

Login access is given to the grape farm which manufactured the premium wine. The end customer, a premium restaurant that is based in Amsterdam gets a WhatsApp link alert, using which they are able to track the location and storage conditions of what they ordered.

 

Farm to fork logistics solutions

Welcome to the warehouses of the future. Ripples-FMS enabled smart logistics and warehouse platform provides robust and innovative solutions such as logistics eCommerce, smart warehouses, customer portal, farm to fork monitoring to meet the expectations of the new era. to stay relevant in this disruptive logistics business.

Ripples R&D team collaborates with leading names such as Omron, Avnet, and Dell EMC to build these intelligent logistics management solutions.

Call us to know more about digitally enabled smart warehouse automation solutions

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Digital disruption in logistics

eCommerce logistics the next disruption in the African Logistics Industry. In Africa, 40 percent of annual growth in e-commerce activity is predicted over the next decade. African logistics companies have started digitization with automation in picking, packing, and sorting operations, smart warehouses, farm to fork monitoring, etc

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COVID & Digitization across Africa

The level of digitization in Africa has generally been quite slow. But the COVID19 pandemic is accelerating trends such as digitization and local manufacturing. Due to curfews and lockdowns in order to enforce physical distancing in warehouses, consumers are now engaging with businesses through online channels, onsite delivery, and store pickup are automated to ensure customer safety, with increased adoption by older generations. COVID19 has moved digitization in logistics from a niche market into mass adoption.

Smart warehouses & eCommerce  – the next disruption in logistics
 
COVID & Digitization across South Africa

The level of digitization in Africa has generally been quite slow. But the COVID19 crisis is accelerating trends such as digitization and local manufacturing. Due to curfews and lockdowns in order to enforce physical distancing, consumers are now engaging with businesses through online channels, with increased adoption by older generations.

COVID19 has moved digitization from a niche market into mass adoption. The transportation, freight forwarding & warehousing industry has the third-highest automation potential of any sector. The reasons for digital technology adoption by logistics companies could be due to the following factors.

● A growing shortage of labor in the logistics sector
● The explosion in demand from online retailers
● Technology advances in the logistics industry

There is a huge expansion of giants like Amazon, JD.com in logistics, and warehouse space even expanding to remote areas in line with the ongoing disruption. They threaten to shunt traditional logistics companies toward low-margin services, which may not justify an investment in automation.

Many logistics technologies like advanced robotics, smart sensor applications, analytics in transport, and smart warehouses, logistics platform, eCommerce logistics are available but the adoption by companies depends on proving ROI for the investment.

Call us for a free online consultation to know more about our affordable offerings for digital transformation in logistics.

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Freight forwarding solutions

Logistics solutions for the new normal 

Freight forwarding software solutions, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania

Integrated farm to fork logistics, transportation & freight forwarding is among the key business verticals facing uncertainty with many of the macro trends happening in the world right now. The challenges include everything from operational interruptions due to COVID 19, the uncertain state of the global economy, and poor adoption of cost-effective technologies.

Freight business is extremely process-driven and involves immense paperwork. Manual processing of information can slow down the delivery process and leads to costly mistakes and errors. Most freight forwarders use multiple systems for various functions that succeed in a disconnected supply chain resulting in poor business visibility, inventory control, and inefficiencies. Lack of a self-service system for customers often results in poor transparency in transactions and leads to customer dissatisfaction. Configuring the best price quotes and optimizing transportation is another headache that makes freight forwarding more complex.

Freight forwarding software solutions

Successful freight forwarding in expanding globalized markets ensures that goods reach their final destination in a timely and efficient manner. Adopting the right tools such as an integrated freight management system is essential in today’s scenario for seamless forwarder operations and customer experience.

Transportation logistics management

Serving leading logistic companies across Africa and Asia Pacific regions, Ripples FMS offers an integrated logistics control platform to support transportation, warehouse, container, and freight forwarder operations. Designed to benefit companies of all sizes, Ripples-FMS logistics suite ensures hands-on access to operational data, improves communication between client and freight forwarders, improves staff efficiency, and offers seamless integration with third-party systems. 

Features & Benefits of our Freight Forwarding system

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Here is a snapshot of the Ripples-FMS solution offering to the Freight Forwarders.

Quotation Management

Automatically generate rates for any type of transportation mode and generate & share quotations based on the same. Track the status of quotations and convert to customer orders easily

Transportation Management System

Scheduling, managing, and tracking of pickup & delivery of orders be it local or cross-country, and generate all documentation required.

Warehouse Management system

 Effectively manage warehouse cargo protection, inventory tracking operations by effectively controlling the movement, storage, and inspection of cargo.

Customer Relationship Management

Ripples-FMS customer portal ensures timely communications with customers and offers complete transparency in transactions. We provide integrated logistics CRM solutions to improve customer loyalty.

Cargo & Container tracking

truck monitoring

Ripples FMS equips wireless sensor-based logistics platform which encompasses a logistics eCommerce store, logistics customer portal, warehouse monitoring, farm to fork, to track and monitor cargo/container locations, warehouses & fleet for condition monitoring & environment monitoring within transit and cargo storage.

Shipping documents & clearance

All relevant documents such as a bill of lading, insurance, and waybills relevant to freight operations can be configured and easily shared with authorities for a fast clearance.

Ripples-FMS freight forwarding solutions

To help freight logistics companies to be better positioned for a post COVID19 world, Ripples-FMS offers customer experience and safety solutions like eCommerce portal, Social distancing modules, Smart warehouse systems, Driver apps, Contactless deliveries, and payment integrations. Our dedicated onsite implementation and support team offers farm to fork, transportation logistics software deployment, backed by immaculate implementation and helpdesk support.

Do you wish to automate your freight forwarding business ?? Do reach us for further assistance or to get a free business consultation service for your logistics operations in Africa region

Logistics 4.0

Digital platform for for logistics 4.o

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Ecommerce & Customer Portal systems in digital Logistics

Digital logistics platform – The world has changed a lot in the last few months. Transformation, which usually happens in a decade, accelerated in a span of 3 months for the new normal. 

Here are a few e-commerce incorporated business solutions that can be implemented in your logistics company. Advance and Invoice payments Integrating with payment systems like M-Pesa, Razorpay, etc., the e-commerce portal system allows your customers to make advance payments against transportation orders and against pending invoices.

Showcase your logistics Rental equipment

Transportation and logistics company owners who also run the rental business can showcase their rental equipment through the portal. Status of machine availability, day/ hour based pricing calculations, equipment utilization measures, and provisions for extending rental periods can be configured and communicated through the portal. 

Initiate the sale of scrap or old business assets

There are provisions in the logistics portal to initiate the sale of scrap and old assets like old trucks, tires, fuel, and so on. The solution can also offer an online tendering option at a later stage.

Warehouse space booking & tracking

Digital logistics – Your customers can track the warehouse slots available for storage, book the storage spaces, and initiate advance payments. Integrated with smart solutions, the portal also helps to monitor the positioning and environment conditions of products stored. Interconnected operations with third parties.

Logistics portal 

The logistics portal with eCommerce allows for smooth interconnected operations with all the stakeholders like customers, partners, and third parties. The system allows for seamless integration with logistic ERP systems without any hindrance to current systems.

Digital operations in logistics

In the supply chain logistics sector, one of the main challenges is the digitization of the supply chain in order to optimize time, tasks, and investments. In fact, longer distances, shorter lead times, lack of clarity in goods tracking, fluctuating quantities depending on the period, are forcing surface logistics companies to take the shift in logistics 4.0.

However, as this sector is complex because of its numerous actors (producers-platforms-carriers, etc.), some being in the semi and informal sectors, it is not always easy for logistics companies to know where to start: IOT? Artificial intelligence? Drop-shipping? Digital Twin, etc.

Digital platform for logistics

In this article, we focus on intelligent connected objects and the positive impact they can have on the supply chain logistics industries globally. Optimizing the flow of high-value goods, asset tracking, anti-theft equipment, discover how Logistics 4.0 platforms and solutions transform logistics supply chain industries through examples of digitalization.

Goods Tracking in Industry 4.0

For logistics companies, the tracking of high-value goods is a real challenge to know where in the chain the goods are, from their departure from the manufacturing, until delivery to the end customer. For many years, logistics companies have been using Bluetooth tag systems or barcodes, but these technologies need a lot of manual operations. The latter can, therefore, be the cause of shipping delays or errors, not allowing 100% optimization of the time and tasks of the workers.

With Logistics 4,0, however, it is now possible to track inventory goods and production pallets thanks to wireless communication technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy. 

Our warehouse automation solutions can be offered by logistics companies as a value add to your customers in distribution, manufacturing, etc, whereby the single window logistics services approach could become your competitive advantage.

These digital platforms with wireless communication protocols have detection ranges of up to several hundred meters to cover warehouses of several hundred square meters.

A leading auto manufacturer, for example, has set up a tracking solution for goods (spare parts) based on technological advances including range, battery life, waterproofing, etc. Corridors are equipped with long-range active Bluetooth readers and spare parts are equipped with Bluetooth tags with 10-year battery life.

The pallet trucks are equipped with Bluetooth readers and allow them to know in real-time the position of each pallet truck and the parts taken into account, transported, or deposited. This technology makes it possible to optimize the logistics corridors and thus save the handlers time.

Indoor asset tracking 

Today, several wireless technologies meet this need for indoor locations such as BLE Mesh technology. This can be deployed easily without wiring and ensuring a location accuracy of 5 and 10 meters which is enough to locate logistics equipment.

This unique wireless communication technology allows connected objects to communicate with each other and to put back raw data of positions and movements indoors using a gateway (Dell Edge 3000 as an example), which are then transformed into indoor GPS data using our cloud-enabled inventory tracking tool.

Thanks to this one, it is possible to know in real-time where the different production inventory is positioned, but also to follow their course inside the site. It makes it possible to know their rack position, to ensure reduced time to locate and thus to reduce investments related to the stocking of product inventory. 

Call us to know more about ecommerce, logistics digital platform development for post Covid19 era.