Modern day tracking systems has enhanced logistics efficiencies
If timely delivery is considered as the cornerstone of logistics, then it has to be admitted that the logistics services have undergone a sea change in this respect. Remember the days in the eighties when there were no expectations from shippers about delivery of products. A product would reach when it would reach and it was like fait accompli for users of logistics services across the globe. Instead of days, it would often take weeks and months for parcels to arrive, especially for overseas shipments with no means of gathering information to ascertain the status of the consignment in transit.
Things started changing gradually and in the nineties as it became possible to locate consignments en route as it entered and exited stations in transit. The customer support service of logistics companies supplied the information to customers when they sought it. This at least helped to know that the consignment was moving and it was also possible to know where it was. Although, there was no commitment about delivery, at least you would be happy to know that things were moving. These were the early signs of improvement that ultimately evolved in to computerized tracking systems that use software to locate the consignment throughout its journey. With time, the system of tracking has developed enormously and now it is possible to know the whereabouts of the consignment even when it is moving through the streets.
With advancement of technology the tracking systems used in logistics services have become quite sophisticated. All queries about consignments in transit can now be addressed as more and more information about the products in transit is now available. Huge data of travelling products are generated and assimilated by using scanners, sensors and software that has enabled monitoring of consignments in transit, no matter where it is, within the country or overseas. This has made it easy for the stakeholders of logistics services to keep a close eye on the movement of consignments that has also increased the efficiency of services to a great extent. It is now possible to forecast a near correct date of delivery, something that was simply a dream just three decades ago.
Beneficiaries of tracking systems
Besides the shipper and the recipient, the logistics companies are also the beneficiaries of the tracking systems. The quality of service has been improved as tracking enables the logistics companies to monitor each and every consignment and take proactive action for consignments that are likely to get stuck at some place for some reason or the other. Obstacles in transit are effectively removed before it can cause any harm and this has helped to improve transit times and affect timely deliveries. Knowing about the possible arrival of consignments at the destination in advance help logistics companies to optimize resources and increase efficiencies that have enhanced the quality of logistics services.
Satellite and cellular technology has now made it possible for near real time tracking of consignments that allow shippers to track shipments, prevent theft and manage inventory better.