Effective logistics management

November 2001 Asset Management

The advent of the Internet has brought a range of new possibilities to the fore in the transport and trucking industry, along with the business world in general. With the introduction of mobile and wireless technologies, the scope of possibility has been widened even further. Mobile Logistics Services (MLS), a division of The Logistics Bureau, is introducing a new service offering to the market that consolidates tracking, engine management, mobile devices and routing and scheduling options into a single-point-of-contact solution.

A key component of MLS' service offering is a single unit installed in vehicles, namely the Mobile Hub. The Mobile Hub integrates current routing and scheduling systems, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems, warehouse management systems and existing control room infrastructure. This integration allows for enhanced customer service levels through proactive routing and scheduling, and also gives companies control over other facets of their operations, such as engine and driver performance management, vehicle tracking, general fleet management and product management.

"Effective logistics management is about having information quickly, so that you can make the right decisions at the right time," says Richard Walker, MLS Manager. "Through combining satellite, Internet and cellphone data transferal technologies we have a product that makes all vehicle routing, vehicle and product information immediately accessible to anyone who needs it, be it by an SMS on their cell- phone or in the form of a report at the control centre.

"We have alliance partnerships with a range of hardware, software development, security and logistics companies, who bring their highly specialised skills to MLS," adds Walker. "In this way we are able to provide a specialised, nationwide infrastructure that offers total support to all of our clients in managing installations, maintenance, vehicle recovery and so forth", he concludes.

For further details contact Richard Walker, Mobile Logistics Services on tel: (011) 722 4800, fax: (011) 722 4911, e-mail: [email protected]

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