IOT in logistics

IOT in the logistics industry – Ready to deploy wireless solutions for warehouse optimization, cargo tracking, monitoring, and location tracking using a mix of technologies that enable supply chain visibility.

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: Internet of things? Artificial intelligence? Drop-shipping? Digital Twin, etc.

In this article, we focus on intelligent connected objects and the positive impact they can have on the supply chain logistics industries globally using the internet of things. 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

Warehouse automation

 

Digital twin - freight logistics, transportation, supply chain, warehouse optimisation

The concept of Digital Twin in logistics refers to a digital replica of potential and actual physical assets (physical twin), processes, people, places, systems, and devices that can be used for various purposes (Wiki source) in the supply chain. 

Digital twin platform

The advent of wireless mesh sensors, connected devices, and machines is huge and it is said that half of the new businesses in this decade will be run by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)

Imagine an interactive map – a replica of your warehouse of logistics yard shown on a dashboard available to you. Realtime access to the movement of trucks, cargo, storage area, workers, storage environment, inspection, compliance, maintenance, and anti-theft protection technology.

In the case of freight logistics industries, there are many assets such as warehouse, fleet, cargo (pallet, container, parcel, bins, oil tankers) – perishable and nonperishable – high and low-value goods, life-Saving medicines, food items such as fish, meat, wines, cheese, etc.. Raw materials being sent to factories, finished goods transported to distribution warehouses and retail stores.

Bonded warehouses will benefit by implementing Digital twin, so that exporter and importers will have full transparency and visibility of high-value cargo.

Implementing a Digital Twin in your warehousing & logistics  usiness can help to provide value-added services to your customers who are in the distribution and manufacturing industries, besides optimizing operations, improving workplace safety & productivity. Thus raising the bar of business performance and competitive advantage.

Movement of high-value cargo happening in the warehousing industry – from ports to logistics yards through multi-modal transportation – Ships, containers, multi-axle trucks, small trucks, and carrier vans for last-mile delivery.

The concept of “Digital Twin”

IOT

For all these activities to happen smoothly, there is a  need to map the physical location and transportation environment of cargo onto a digital twin – cloud-hosted software. So that 100% visibility and real-time monitoring are possible. Cargo, people, transportation equipment, workplace safety matters, compliance, inventory, e-commerce dispatches.

Digital twin platform brings the desired visibility to your customer, whereby that can plan their factory production or distribution activities based on accurate measurement of delivery timings provided by the logistics software. This can be achieved using IOT enabled inventory and asset tracking tags that can be deployed in indoor and outdoor units.

Digital twin in warehousing brings accountability on the way the cargo is being transported – Are they subject to undue shock, excess temperature, or other parameters that would have a negative impact on the shelf life of the product.

The location of trucks, driver behavior, fuel consumption,  tire mileage, etc contribute to reducing the cost of operations and maintenance.

Ideally, a Digital Twin ready solution would give the logistics company as well as their customers a 360-degree view of inventory, geographic location, timings, storage place & environment. IOT powered warehouse optimization solutions are also being implemented vastly these days.

Reduction of theft, abuse, lower consignment claims, and longevity of capital equipment, ane warehouse optimization will be the key benefit of implementing a Digital Twin solution. All these enablements will result in lowering the cost of transportation, empowering the customer on using self-services.

Digital twin logistics in supply chain

connected devices

Elastic logistics in the supply chain is an agile model where the ‘pull’ of consignee demand sets up lead times for deliveries and replenishment in a distribution or manufacturing environment. The idea is to react quickly before or just after the demand or supply need arises. Companies want fast go-to-market distribution with clear tracking and tracing for all moving trucks and raw materials. They want to reduce turnaround times, move more truck shipments, close down lead times, and serve the consignee faster.

Information can be delivered as alerts, notifications, daily or weekly snapshots, or analytics reports in the logistics software

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Digital twin in warehouses

Warehouse indoor social distancing software, inventory tracking, logistics supply chain, anti theft sensors, smart logistics,

Implementing digital in warehouses for supply chain optimization

  • Implement physical distancing in warehouses, logistics yards
  • Locate cargo, pallets, bins & spares inventory items easily.
  • Improve internal efficiency in warehouses
  • Track the movement of pallets and bins within the distribution network
  • Take warehouse inventory count in each zone with 5-meter accuracy
  • Reduce the possibility of theft and mishandling of high-value cargo
  • Digital twin starter kits for 100 – 1000 workforce companies
Physical distancing software for warehouses, logistics yards & workshops 

Lowest cost per inventory tracking solutions with up to 5-meter accuracy, battery life of 10 years, and reporting interval of 10 minutes.

Immensely improves efficiency, locates inventory, cargo, people, and equipment in logistics supply chain workshops, warehouses, and production units.

Helps in improving storage patterns, understand people’s movement to fine-tune workflow. Track forklifts and improve their productivity.

Smart logistics, warehouse inventory tracking with indoor positioning

Industrial IOT solutions can produce rich inventory data from warehouse operations in production, supply chain logistics environment.

Equipped with wireless tags, and anchors that enable data capture and cargo identification down to the pallet level. Here is your waybill number 100212032 – rack # 4, zone 5 and have been there for last 10 days

Imagine the time saved in pickup and drop of high-value cargo in your warehouse.

Think about the savings it would bring by reducing theft and misplacement of consignments transported on behalf of your customers.

Digital twin enabled physical distancing software for warehouses can ensure a continuous flow of information on people movement for safety, inventory locations, truck position, cargo movement, driver information. This factor alone could increase workplace safety, productivity and inventory accuracy, apart from reducing cases of theft and abuse.

Further benefits of implementing internet of things in logistics, warehousing operations include controlling inventory loss, theft and damage prevention, forecasting demand based on historical data, timely detection of load discrepancies, bottleneck identification, workplace safety, environmental conditions, intruder detection, etc.

The industrial internet of things enabled smart logistics software to also enable workflow automation in the warehouse and supply chain logistics industry. The traditional step-by-step approach to filling purchase orders involves capturing requests via logistics software, allocating existing inventory to the orders, and manual picking them up.

Deploying digital twin in warehouses

Although industrial IOT in the warehouse (track and trace, environment, condition monitoring, worker safety, security) is steadily making its way to storage facilities in Singapore, the adoption of connected warehouse systems remains the exception rather than the rule and is mostly driven by the Asia Pacific (APAC) market’s key players. SME companies can benefit much from the adoption of IOT in the warehouse and the government grants can be put to good use here.

In the age of Logistics 4.0, “everything”, visibility in the supply chain is crucial to ensuring that a well-oiled machine. IOT powered social distancing in logistics yards, warehouse management, and control applications offers a whole new way to manage shop floor safety, workflow, administer storage space, equipment, tasks, and material flows.

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Warehouses of the future

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

smart warehouse ecommerce solutions

Operator – Hello, Good morning from Smart logistics LLC, Kigali, Rwanda. How can I help you

Customer – I need to book 2500 sq.mtr of your temperature controlled smart warehouse facility for a week. We need to see the storage space & want to monitor the gourmet dairy cheese we export regularly to South Africa.  If found suitable, we will lease the space on the long term basis. We also need to remotely monitor the inventory, temperature & possible damages due to poor cargo handling methods. 

Our customer in South Africa 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.

 Customer helpdesk – Please sir, you can visit our smart warehouse us anytime between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm. Monday through Saturday. We have manual measurement devices, can send your TEXT message on a daily basis. The storage area can be dedicated for your special purpose and using our portal, we will configure with a user name and password so that all parameters, including arrival, stay, despatch time and environment parameters can be regularly monitored remotely.

Logistics cold chain, e-commerce, smart warehouse solutions

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, industrial goods, hazardous goods, electronics, pharmaceuticals.

The customer selects a temperature-controlled zone with a constant environment reading, the rental duration of 1 week, add-ons like air quality, humidity & temperature monitoring along with the 10-minute frequency of reporting & individual pallet 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 gourmet cheese, 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 pallets 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 farm which manufactured the gourmet cheese. The end customer, a premium restaurant that is based in South Africa 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.

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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

Ripples-FMS - digital disruption in logistics, customer engagement portal, eCommerce logistics solutions South Africa

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.

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Technology in logistics

Outdoor cargo movement & tracking

Cellular IOT, customer portal, internet age logistics, advanced logistics solutions, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda, Angola, Zambia, Ghana Cargo tracking
2G / 4G Enabled sensor devices for cargo monitoring & tracking

If you’re in the logistics & transportation or import & export business, you know that preparation is crucial for success. The internet age is reshaping the way the transport industry functions; which is a good thing because the industry can benefit from new technology, better efficiency, and transparency. Cargo shipping companies have embraced the technology of the internet of things, whether it is air or sea freight, warehousing, or delivery. Specific applications and 3G / 4G sensor devices are available that enable real-time tracking of the goods being transported, optimization of warehouse capacity, maintenance of assets like vehicles, optimization of routes, better last-mile delivery, and a whole lot more. A full-fledged customer portal is also available for cargo tracking and document handling purposes

Logistics providers who move goods by land, air or sea need quick, real-time information to make decisions that will help them in the timely and safe delivery of their cargo. The use of the IOT platform for logistics is very valuable now, because of its ability to provide precise information, enhanced customer service, information sharing, location tracking and so on.

 

The customer portal module of Ripples-FMS integrates wireless sensor devices for warehouse monitoring and truck cargo tracking. This helps improve the visibility aspects of supply chain logistics.

3G / 4G tracking in Logistics

 

Thanks to the IOT platform software in logistics, those providing these services are seeing a plethora of opportunities being opened up for them. The embedded sensors, connected devices, and analytics capability of the software to provide visibility to operators like never before. This is in every process – from operations to finance, and is allowing them to have new sources of value creation.

With greater visibility, cargo shipping operators will be able to leverage the vast database to make quick, efficient decisions that will help them improve their services and provide much more efficient service to their customers.

It must be understood, however, that transport companies who are looking to include the IOT in logistics are likely to face tactical and technical challenges. Organizations will first need to visualize what business problems of theirs and of their customers, IOT applications can resolve. The vision also needs to address the implications of IoT for the strategic position of the company and the ecosystem relationships.

For this, organizations will first need to understand how the internet of things creates value; basically, IoT is all about creating value to the customer – communicating, combining, analyzing, and using information from actual objects ( in this case, transported goods, vehicles) through other objects ( sensors). Hence, the value created by IoT depends on the flow of such information through this system, so they need to ensure that the info flows seamlessly.

Logistics is basically about moving stuff from Place A to Place B, C or D. The chief service elements of transport and logistics are: the things that move, or goods, and things that do the moving – warehouses, vehicles, and the transport network (air, sea, road etc.) Obviously, the value creation depends on the capacity, effectiveness, dependability, manageability and the cost at which the organization can provide the services of warehousing and transporting.

When you as a cargo shipper are able to provide timely, safe, reliable and efficient service to your customer, it is when you provide value. As of now, IoT based tracking solutions help transport and logistics providers do just that, and even improve on these services. Internet age logistics applications can also help monitor the environment, detect threats, trace the location and condition of the products in transit and so on, improving customer service like never before.

Logistics customer portal for self-service

Thus, by increasing visibility substantially, enabling customer self-service and decreasing network complexity, companies are able to provide much better service, cut costs, minimize damage and loss, and eventually increase revenues.

What will the coming years bring – More facilities or challenges? Let’s wait and watch. As of now, there is no doubt the internet of things is completely revolutionizing the cargo shipping industry with the help of Bluetooth sensors, Cellular IOT, and logistics customer portal.

Freight logistics portal

Freight logistics portal

IOT freight logistics portal, Internet of things, smart warehouses, warehouse automation.

Offering state of the art freight logistics management services to customers is imperative for logistics companies to maintain competitive advantage and maintain operational efficiencies to meet the demanding needs of their customers in the manufacturing and distribution industries. Our freight logistics portal can allow users to connect all their operations including  yard management and logistics inventory under one roof.

In transit, theft can be reduced to a great extent by deploying our innovative warehouse and cargo monitoring solutions. Our wireless sensor-enabled logistics management system can help medium and large-sized transport companies and logistics operators save millions through improved utilization of warehouse space, better tracking of cargo dispatch, loading, and transit.

Implementing logistics portal & smart warehouses that track and monitor cargo movement and storage will enhance the competitive advantage of firms in the business of logistics management. The completely wireless solutions are easy to deploy and low on maintenance.

Freight logistics portal solutions

The Industrial internet of things (IOT) integrated cargo tracking & anti-theft solution with data analytics module, real-time data interface, and the smart rule engine will help improve supply chain visibility by enabling complete information into the condition, inventory status, and location of cargo inside warehouses and on every connected vehicle. Use our logistics portal software for new insights delivered through the customer logistics portal

  • Say goodbye to repeated work using excel files in logistics operations
  • Sends alerts on consignment and truck arrival/departure, automatic check-in and check-out at warehouses and yards
  • Collects & analyzes data on the condition & location of cargo, machines & trucks to ensure performance
  • Provides 24/7 support enabled with a data logging platform and sensor integration using remote connectivity tools
  • Shares information on the environment of storage, delivery schedule, parking, traffic with the partners and suppliers
  • Logistics yard monitoring – Arrivals, departure, workforce, driver tracking.
  • Workflow and productivity monitoring in logistics yard
  • Tracking the utilisation of racks in warehouses
  • Pallet and bin monitoring with the layout map
  • Linking the data with customer production and procurement cycles

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