Addressing high logistics costs

Logistics management system

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The overall logistics and transportation costs of operations in Africa remain substantially higher than the rest of the world. Though there are lots of factors affecting this surge, most studies point out to the infrastructure and governance issues as the main reason. We can’t deny the fact that logistics management system issues are neglected generally by the governments though it is a critical component of economic development in their countries. The need for efficient logistics management software by a leading ERP software provider is more than ever before

In the Eastern and Southern parts of Africa, transportation and freight costs are pretty much on the higher side thanks to the poor road infrastructures, storage facilities, lack of proper management techniques, poor payment procedures, etc.  The situation
gets worse in landlocked countries where the transportation costs account for
nearly 3/4th of the total export value.

What we saw

As a logistics ERP software provider in Africa, we are well aware of the problems that account for high logistics operational costs in the region. One of the most important issues they face is the efficient usage and management of trucks based on the multiple legs scheduling. In short, there was a need for efficient operational control in overall management procedures. 

Often there is no centralized point to communicate between the branches about truck and consignment status. Another most noteworthy issue is the tracking of empty legs with its kilometers.

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Most of the present fleet management software does not provide real-time fleet tracking, condition monitoring or inventory management in one package. This includes proper checking of the vehicle condition like tire life capacity, tire inspection, etc. Proper alerting systems are also not offered by such a logistics management system to check the expiry of dues, insurance, and permits. Details such as demurrage expenses and consignment delays are also not reaching the management levels. Proper validations must be done to ensure the empty containers drop off done properly to avoid the unwanted demurrages to shipping lines.

Ripples FMS Logistics Management  Software

Effective logistics automation software like Ripples-FMS can solve most of the above-mentioned problems in the supply-chain and transportation industry. Supply chain management has become even more much transparent after the entry of wireless sensor devices in the transportation and logistics sectors.  Please let us know if you need a free consultation on how to curb your operational & transportation costs in the supply chain.