"Information is power" How many times have you not heard this phrase? It is a thought attributed to the English philosopher and historian Thomas Hobbes, established in Leviathan, who put this idea into circulation where information goes beyond knowledge.
The information is very valuable for the prevention of irregularities in the operation since, by handling a greater amount of data, it is possible to reach a predictive point of events and bring a solution before they happen (for example, the preventive maintenance of the trucks ).
If you have 100% accurate information on your lanes and your market, this will allow you to make the best decisions for your company based on historical data.
History of data processing
If you think information processing is something new, then you’re mistaken . The human being, by nature, processes data; It is not surprising that primitive man used the fingers of his hands to carry out operations and then stored the information in his memory.
However, its widespread use comes from the 19th century, specifically in 1850, when operations related to accounting were already being carried out.
The functions included the sending of transactions and the production of reports, as well as the balance sheet and the statement of cash flows. The problem is much of the data processing is still done manually.
Manual processes increases downtime and empty kilometers. And don't get us wrong, several of us grew up using those electronic calculators or those folders full of information, pages, bills, etc
However, times have changed and technology is today our main ally for data processing, especially in a sector such as logistics, where optimization of time and money generates a clear competitive advantage.
The importance of information control and analysis
Of course, it is not enough to just process the data, at the same time, a real utility must be given to the information through correct analysis.
Gone are the days where GPS and knowing the location of trucks were the only thing that carriers identified in terms of remote locations.
Nowadays thanks to telemetry, it's possible to know in real-time the behavior of the unit and give remote access to the different equipment that they use.
In such a scenario, technology must be defined as an ally to improve production and distribution processes since it also reduces administrative times.
Why do we say this? Currently (and as incredible as it may seem), large companies in Mexico still spend hours and hours capturing information to generate reports and graphs that allow them to know and identify areas of opportunity in their logistics processes.
Lack of data integration and planning, two long-standing problems in the industry
The logistics sector is rich in transactions, which are done using legacy techniques, phone calls, emails, and incompatible systems between shippers and carriers.
However, often the same data is entered multiple times in multiple systems. This process increases the likelihood of data entry errors, which generates problems when settling claims and payments.
Another problem faced by the supply chain is the lack of planning in obtaining data, as shipments and capacity information are stored in various third-party software applications.
This is counterproductive for shippers as it makes effective supply chain planning difficult, and is also challenging when making strategic decisions regarding fleet deployment and optimization.
At the same time, carriers and shippers rely on inaccurate and costly third-party data services to assess the reputation and creditworthiness of counterparties, which is often the first step in moving freight.
In fact, and although you could interpret the information, most companies do not keep records of past performance of carriers and shippers.
The solution is at your fingertips.
The urgent need to optimize the management and processing of thousands of data makes the development of tools or technological platforms essential to achieve greater efficiency, increase profitability and reduce wasted time in calls, emails, etc.
TrackChain is revolutionizing data processing with a strategic operating model that drives more transparent, more agile, more efficient, and more profitable global supply chains.
Initially, transactional data (such as load capacity listings) will be encrypted and stored on a fully distributed file system.
Shipments, images were taken at pickup and delivery, electronic copies, and bill of lading versions, as well as other scanned documents, are stored in a distributed manner, allowing transactions in a unified manner.
To be clear, all data is processed instantly and in real-time for each operation in the logistics process; This provides a simple and clear overview that will allow you to identify areas of opportunity to take your process to the next level.
Another advantage is analytics, that is, reports based on historical data, which are processed in seconds and automatically, without having to spend thousands of hours capturing information and building graphs.
The TrackChain platform offers automatic billing. Forget about issuing your invoice in the SAT and sending it by mail! With TrackChain, it is carried out automatically with the loads data, in addition to appearing instantly on your client's portal.
That is to say, a process that would have taken you 3 hours before, will now be done in a few seconds and automatically.
All invoices are organized and digitized in a dashboard for the generation of instant account statements. At the same time, users can track detailed bulk payments already made or pending.
In addition, the use of a TMS will allow better control of preventive maintenance, reducing wear on the unit and increasing its profitability.
Another advantage of TMS is that it is capable of combining different shippers, which can compare costs, capacities, times, stops, orders, and liability in real-time, ensuring the client acquires the best service and rate.
All these will save you from wasting useful time on those tedious calls and emails. Listen! with TrackChain you can get this TMS tool for free.
At the same time, forget about not being able to warn about abuse by shippers. With TrackChain's immutable reputation system, truck drivers and carriers can leave their shipper evaluation, as well as they receive it too.
Don't hesitate and join TrackChain right now to streamline your operations, optimize times and procedures, save costs and achieve your goals. For your peace of mind, you can request a free demo.
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