Efficiency through Technology: Enhancing Logistics with Advanced Systems

Efficiency through Technology: Enhancing Logistics with Advanced Systems

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, where technology continues to shape and redefine various industries, the efficiency of logistics operations has become paramount to the success of businesses across industries. The ability to move goods swiftly, accurately, and cost-effectively is a key differentiator that can make or break a company’s competitive edge.

As the demand for seamless supply chain management continues to rise, the role of technology in enhancing logistics operations has grown exponentially. Advanced systems, driven by cutting-edge technologies, are revolutionising the way goods are transported, tracked, and managed, ushering in a new era of efficiency in the logistics industry.

At VLT Logistics, we champion the ideals of efficiency through technology, and integrate the following systems in order to better progress your business from our warehouses.

Satellite tracking

Satellite tracking has emerged as a game-changing solution with profound implications for real-time visibility. The ability to track and monitor assets, vehicles, and even people from space has opened up a multitude of possibilities across sectors, revolutionising how businesses operate and improving overall efficiency.

Utilising satellite tracking capabilities exploits the full scope of various necessary considerations within logistics. The benefits of which include:

1. Precision

Satellite tracking offers unparalleled precision and accuracy in monitoring assets and activities. By utilising advanced satellite systems equipped with high-resolution cameras, GPS, and other sensors, organisations can gather real-time data with pinpoint accuracy.

2. Global coverage:

One of the most remarkable aspects of satellite tracking is its global coverage. Satellites orbiting the Earth can provide visibility and monitoring capabilities in even the most remote areas.

3. Enhanced security:

Satellite tracking enhances security and safety by providing real-time monitoring of valuable assets and personnel. By enabling lorries to be tracked continuously, immediate response can be utilised in case of unexpected events.

4. Data driven decisions:

The data collected through satellite tracking offers businesses a treasure trove of insights for data-driven decision-making.

By analysing trends and patterns in real-time data, organisations can make informed choices to optimise operations, reduce costs, and improve resource allocation. For instance, retailers can use real-time location data to improve their supply chain, ensuring products are restocked efficiently based on demand.

5. Disruption response:

During disasters and emergencies, satellite tracking provides invaluable support for disruption management and response efforts. In the case that a fleet is impacted by traffic, unexpected flooding or even expected natural disaster, the capabilities of satellite tracking allows routes to be cancelled or reconfigured to meet the needs of the business and prevent delays or damage to vital stock.

6. Efficient operations:

Satellite tracking offers significant benefits in terms of efficiency and cost savings. Fleet managers can monitor vehicle routes, optimise delivery schedules, and track driver behaviour to ensure safer and more efficient operations. This results in reduced fuel consumption, lower maintenance costs, and improved customer satisfaction.

RF stock management

RF stock management

Inventory control lies at the centre of any successful business operation and when correctly harnessed by the logistics industry, RFID stock management systems offer a plethora of advantages that can revolutionise the way businesses track, manage, and optimise their inventory.

1. Stock visibility in real time

RFID technology uses radio waves to transmit data wirelessly, allowing for real-time tracking of inventory items. Unlike traditional barcode systems that require line-of-sight scanning, RFID systems can capture data from a distance and even through obstacles.

This translates to enhanced visibility of stock movements, enabling businesses to monitor their inventory in real time. This visibility reduces the chances of stockouts or overstock situations, leading to more accurate inventory levels.

2. Automated data capture

Manual data entry and barcode scanning can be error-prone and time-consuming. RFID stock management systems automate data capture by instantly recording information as items pass through RFID readers. This automation not only reduces human errors but also frees up valuable employee time, allowing them to focus on more strategic tasks rather than mundane data entry.

3. Increased productivity

RFID technology facilitates rapid and simultaneous scanning of multiple items. This means that entire pallets or containers can be scanned at once, significantly speeding up the inventory management process.

4. Streamlined auditing

For businesses operating in industries with strict regulatory requirements, RFID stock management systems offer a streamlined approach to auditing and compliance. The system provides a comprehensive digital trail of inventory movement, making it easier to demonstrate compliance with regulatory standards and track product provenance, even when outsourcing your logistics.

VLT Logistics recently upgraded our internal performance system to Delta WMS which not only supports our continued growth and commitment to our customers, but it includes integrated RF scanning that allows ourselves and customers to track orders at all times of the day.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of vehicles, appliances and devices that connect together through the use of integrated sensors and software. This allows them to seamlessly and accurately share data.

IoT advances the efficiency of logistics by utilising complex networking systems that can exchange data and behave autonomously. This restores employee time and eradicates human error from the supply chain.

Efficient IoT is comprised of a vast number of technologies including:

  • Sensors
  • Cloud computing
  • Security and privacy functionalities
  • Advanced analytics

When used effectively, these technologies can monitor vehicle performance, track stock in transit, manage warehouse inventories and optimise performance at every stage of supply.

AI Machine Learning

AI and predictive analytics are constantly evolving to adapt to the complexities of the supply network. From consumer behaviour to warehouse operations, valuable insights require updated management methods to inform strategic decisions.

VLT Logistics offer comprehensive logistics solutions to a vast number of businesses which cannot be controlled through human intervention alone. Our systems are fuelled by advanced technology to ensure our operations remain efficient and deliver cost-effective, timely, consumer driven results for your industry.