Satellite communications and new technology advancements in this area makes a ton of sense from the perspective of logistical operations. Logistics in general and the management of the supply chain are no strangers to the revolution of technology and its ubiquitous nature, that places it at the vanguard of practically every aspect of our daily life.
When we think about satellite technology and communications, we must consider that advances in this field come along with many different means as objectives, such as improving safety for line workers, managing a fleet of vehicles remotely, tracking movements of shipments and contributing to the overall transparency of the management of the supply chain. The amount of communication and oversight that satellite communications offer managers, partners and customers is amazing and answers to the demands the industry constantly has better services, faster times and safer practices in logistics.
Today in David Kiger’s Blog, we want to talk about the importance of satellite communication technologies in the world of logistics and how operations are directly impacted by said developments.
Safety is one of the most important aspects of every operation. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about people or products, being safe means allowing for your workers to get back home to their family, for products to reach their destination in one piece and for the company to maintain balanced finances without having to incur in unplanned spending due to situations out of control that made it necessary to allocate resources to unforeseen events.
Satellite communication can allow to track operations better and to communicate with workers in a more efficient manner, thus increasing safety on the field, the warehouse, and the office. Things like being able to quickly talk to drivers about issues with their equipment or tracking if safety considerations are being followed, are invaluable and can go a long way when it comes to the welfare of everyone involved and the equipment being used.
Reduction of operational costs
Tracking your routes and using data concerning transportation in order to make sound decisions is one of the best ways to reduce operational costs overall. We have talked a lot about big data and the benefits of gathering all of this information to plan better and react in more efficient ways to everything that comes up. Satellite communications and data gathering are great tools that can be placed in the service of collecting numbers and putting them to good use. Remember that knowledge is power; especially in today’s world of logistics where information can be the main motivators for company operations and can help you predict your bearings before arriving at your next benchmark. Think about fuel consumption if you want to be more practical and how this can be curved by simply understanding traffic patterns better and modifying routes depending on data gathered and factors that influence how much it cost and long it takes to move assets from point A to point B.
Clients appreciate transparency and treasure it to a fault. These type of technologies excel at showing people a picture that is clear as day when it comes to displaying the movements of your goods, the efficiency of your partners and the way customer concerns are handled. If clients can track their shipments with real time data, they know exactly what is going on with their business and not only will they report higher satisfaction, but also be more loyal towards an organization that makes them feel like they are part of the team and that their individual interests are being taken seriously.
The use of cutting edge technologies and the latest advances when it comes to tracking, analyzing and managing your supply chain is no longer a luxury saved to the largest companies; it has become more of a mandatory requirement for a new and more demanding customer to expect from whoever they are doing business with. Being competitive means understanding and utilizing these new technologies to improve upon every aspect of your organization from the way operations are run in the inside to the way your goods and services move around the country and the way they are projected to the rest of the world.
Today’s business is inhabited by a new type of customers that knows what they want and understand how they can get it and if you are not the company who is ready to give those customers just that, then you can surely become the one who is watching from the side how other organizations live up to the task and take away your business. The world is becoming smaller and better connected than ever before, and that is why these requirements are no longer choices but instead imperatives to stay in the game and compete for better positioning.
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