Transportation and logistics development runs parallel to the development of man. In the beginning, the Bedouins transported their goods over weeks and months using Camel trains and even earlier than that the teams of masons used Welsh slaves to transport the plinth-like rocks from one part of Britain to the other resulting in the wonder that is Stonehenge.
We cannot in good faith overlook the Egyptians and their (somewhat ingenious yet primitive) method of moving the sandstone brick by brick to create the pyramids.
As humankind developed and their industrious and adventurous spirit grew- with explorations, colonization and industrialisation so did their need for a faster and more efficient way of getting their goods from here to there. This ever-increasing need was met – to some degree by the utilisation of steam and the railroad and by extension, ocean liners.
Delivering quickly and efficiently
In today’s society, however, with the constant need to be in touch and the instant gratification mentality that appears to have taken over our collective consciousness, our logistics needs have once again changed.
The pressure can definitely be felt, the pressure to deliver results “yesterday”. Fortunately, with the advancement in telecommunications and Information Technologies we are able to stay connected where ever we happen to be; whether we are 30 000 feet in the air on our way to a business lunch in Paris or tracking your fleet from a conference overseas.
There are so many ways for people to stay connected; there are mobile devices that can inform us when products have left point A and that will notify us when they have arrived at point B. The beauty of the advances in technology is that they can be taken on the road, they can be kept active at all times. Thanks to advances in I.T. logistical nightmares are a thing of the past.
Third-party logistics system (3PL)
A decent IT system will streamline your logistics business and increase efficiency and productivity. In today’s somewhat tenuous economic climate, the ability to become more efficient and manage your fleet will save you more money in the long run.
The most important piece of IT that you can invest in as a business owner is a reliable a third-party logistics (3PL) system, cold storage warehouse management & inventory management solution that will provide real-time visibility of warehouse activities whilst maximising operational efficiencies, thereby enabling a streamlined supply chain. Combining radio frequency and barcode technology with a robust, three-tiered, Internet-based architecture.
The main form of transporting goods across Africa is via road, whether you traverse that road with camels, bicycles or 400 tonne trucks, there is no escaping the road.
One way of securing your success is to invest in a complete supply chain and ware house managements systems. Each of the services offered is unique and can be integrated with existing systems and programmes. Dovetail’s transport management software solution is a leading global solution which has been implemented by multi-national corporations to streamline transport management. For transport success, increased visibility, efficiency and optimisation is crucial.
Be sure to do things right and to have the right software and support behind you. Contact Dovetail Business Solutions Now!