Why digitize your load carriers?

March 9, 2022

Digitalisation is omnipresent in our daily lives. It has also become essential in the goods transport market. Automation, traceability, control: the advantages of digitising your load carriers are numerous.

Every day, several million reusable load carriers are used for the transport and storage of goods. These are pallets, bins, trolleys, containers, trestles, crates etc. These carriers circulate throughout the supply chain without any real visibility.

Containers are essential working tools for an optimal Supply Chain, but they are often abused, stolen or misplaced. They end up becoming a source of expenses and mostly become inefficient whereas a good traceability of their flows and their use would make it possible to remedy it very simply.

Moreover, without immediate availability at the right time and place, the entire business can be disrupted - leading to customer dissatisfaction and the risk of losing them.

Some of the malfunctions that users of this equipment-  and professionals in the sector - face on a daily basis are: losses, thefts, breakages, low turnover, overstocking, etc.

That is why in a logistics organization, visibility and precision are essential to help anticipate all these malfunctions. Thanks to the IoT, visibility and real-time monitoring allows all types of industrials - with small or large volumes of packaging - to balance their fleet according to their needs.

What would be the benefits of digitising your charging media? 

  • Financial gain
  • Stock rebalancing
  • Container rotation
  • Decrease in the size of the fleet
  • Management of loading and unloading errors
  • Movement history
  • Responsiveness to customers

Digitising your load carriers will save you a lot of money by pinpointing areas of loss, theft and neglect of your load carriers. For example, avoiding mistakes in the return of containers - including damaged containers that do not belong to you instead of your own - will help you avoid loss of materials and therefore financial loss.

Similarly, having visibility on your load carriers will enable you to balance your stocks and the rotation of your available containers. Defining an optimised organisation of rotations will reduce the number of kilometres travelled empty and will allow you to know the operations in advance. Thanks to digitalization, the company will be able to adapt its transport plan on a daily basis, taking into account any unforeseen events and occasional imbalances.

Stock status can be updated and distributed automatically at each stage of the journey, with instant visibility of stock position and status. Having knowledge of the products in stock has many advantages. One of them is responsiveness. Being responsive to demand prevents your future customers from going to the competition because of poor stock balance on your side.

In addition, you will be able to reduce the size of your fleet to what is necessary without overstocking.

Lastly, having visibility over the material allows you to minimise loading and unloading errors. The traceability of your load carriers also means centralising your data on a single dashboard containing all movement histories (alerts; deviations; shocks; theft or loss). You will be able to identify and locate your equipment and have visibility on the various players involved in the supply chain. You can thus avoid counterfeiting and disappearances, which are increasingly present in the supply chain.

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