Inside Logistics and Shipping for the CIO

Route Execution – Look for a solution that supports real-time monitoring of the progress against the route plan. All players in the extended supply chain should be able to view rolling ETA, breadcrumb route history, and more.

Proof of Delivery (POD) Collection – Find a solution that supports the capture of POD via multiple methods at the point of delivery. POD information is often available via the Web to support billing dispute resolution.

Unscheduled Stop Monitoring – Since you will want to identify when a vehicle is “off” the expected delivery route, delivering “out of sequence,” or stopping at an unexpected location, choose a solution that allows you to define business rules.

Load/Unload Verification – You will want to have validation of inbound/outbound cargo to ensure it is correctly staged to the appropriate route, vehicle and receiver.

Specialized Monitoring/Events Handling – Many solutions allow you to create unique business rules to monitor for out of sight, overflow, shortage and hazardous material handling

In this day and age, in an ever-changing volatile economy, companies need to be proactive in order to survive. Companies can now face market challenges head-on and grow their business by strengthening their extended supply-chain.

Far from the operations backwater it once was, logistics, shipping and supply chain management are capturing the attention of even the busiest CIO, and for good reason. After all, you are only as strong as your weakest supply chain link.

Lionel Carrasco is CTO of Neoris, a global IT consultancy, systems integrator, custom application developer and leader in emergent technologies. Carrasco has more than 20 years experience in IT consulting in the banking, insurance, transportation, retail, manufacturing and oil industries.