The demands of e-commerce and digital technologies are driving the transformation of the traditional logistics market into a new era of digital logistics. But what is the difference between digital logistics and traditional logistics?
Traditional logistics can simply be called "paper logistics". In fact, paper support is used in all processes, from product documentation and reservations to confirmation of logistical operations.
Paper documents are even scanned and converted to PDF, and then sent by e-mail to business partners and service providers who, in turn, have to manually enter the same data into different IT systems.
Another name that also applies to traditional logistics is "telephone logistics". Stakeholders are constantly on the phone with each other, trying to find suitable transport services, discussing terms and conditions and obtaining information about the progress and conditions of the cargo.
You might think that these analogue practices are a thing of the past. They are not. Many (or perhaps most) industrial logistics operations are still carried out in this way. Stakeholders can use several software systems to manage operations, but this does not necessarily mean that they are able to exchange information directly (electronically) between these systems.
The digital logistics is driven by a new generation of logistics management systems in the cloud, which allows optimization, visibility and collaboration between all players in the end to end supply chain.
The electronic exchange of data is done without interruption between the different management systems and applications and, even more importantly, the data is entered once in the systems and reused several times. This is how we operate at Freight Box
The Digital logistics portal of Freight Box has three key characteristics:
Confluence of logistics and technology
Collaborative cloud solutions that span the entire supply chain
Perfect integration of information about warehouse, transport and final consumer, with total transparency throughout the supply chain
The digital portal of Freight Box intends to get the right product, for the right customer, in the right quantity, in the right condition, in the right place, at the right time and at the right cost (the seven right logistics).
As supply chains grow in an increasingly complex way, traditional logistics are no longer able to meet these goals. Digital logistics does.