5 time-consuming tasks of the flow coordinator (and how to simplify them)

March 9, 2022

It's another beautiful day at the Bettembourg logistics platform. You park your car and go to the building with a smile. The weather is fine and you are in a good mood. You sit down at your desk with your morning coffee.

Another beautiful day is shaping up on the logistics platform in Bettembourg. You park and join the building with a smile on your face. 

It's a nice day, you're in a good mood. You're sitting at your desk with your morning coffee. ♪ Ti-du-du-duu ♫: your computer starts, the programs start. Outlook opens. E-mails arrive in tens. The dream evaporates. The day begins.

As a flow coordinator or pilot, your work day is intense. Some tasks take up a large part of your time on a daily basis, while they do not directly contribute to the smooth flow of goods.

But that was before.

Many companies are implementing digital solutions for real-time logistics visibility. This allows the automation of some of these time-consuming operations. How can this be done? Here is a 5-point demonstration.

The inventory

"Maxime, I need an inventory this morning, we have a rush order, I need to know our available capacity."

In the absence of other methods, the inventory is often carried out in the field: it is necessary to go around the farm and count the equipment in order to be able to update the file with the availability status. This can even turn into a real sports training: to get an overview of the arrival of trains, there is sometimes no other way than to go out under the snow in winter, to go around the platform, or even to climb up to the silos.

Now, no more problems: with one click you can see everything. For each area of business interest, the inventory is updated in real time.

Intra-group pooling

"Hello everyone, does any of you have the 1844 trailer on your site?"

In a large group organization, equipment often travels between regional agencies, and sometimes you lose track of your own trailers, gondolas, or trestles.

In order to find them, a chain of collective emails is sent, the outcome of which is uncertain: will someone answer you?

Logistics tracking platforms free fleet managers from this type of concern: real-time visibility allows them to know the precise position of their equipment at all times.

Odometry

In most companies, mileage tracking is essentially done in the same way as electricity reading: a person stationed at each station is responsible for consulting the mileage meter to manually retrieve the information.

With tracking solutions, this feedback can now be automated.

Flow management

Every day you make phone calls and send emails to find out about departures and arrivals, to check the maintenance status of a wagon or trailer, or simply to find out about the movement of equipment. This is especially time-consuming because you don't always know who the right person is to contact on the matter.

Via IoT's logistics optimization solutions, you can now monitor traffic flows and traffic hazards, such as delays, in real time.

Reporting

As a logistics coordinator, the realization of reporting can be part of your missions. You have to navigate between e-mails and Excel files: retrieving data is therefore an artisanal task. Save time: performance statistics relevant to your company's activity can be automatically calculated and exported.

Instead of spending time finding information, Everysens allows you to spend it looking for solutions: why did it happen and how can you fix it? The aim is to automate time-consuming actions in logistics, so that logisticians can concentrate on their core business: flow management, service quality and operational excellence.

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