How is the cloud shaping the Logistics Industry?
Cloud for Logistics Industry
Logistics management involves effective handling of the supply chain system wherein planning, implementation and control of flow and storage of goods and services from the point of origin to the point of consumption is covered. The Logistics Industry is a large one with a market value of $1.45 trillion in 2014, as reported in the 26th Annual State of Logistics Report published by Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). It was an increase of 3.1% from the previous year. This value was 8.4% of the total GDP of US for 2014.
Challenges faced by the Logistics Industry and Solution Proposed by CenterServ
As with other major industries, the transportation/logistics sector is hit by recession and changing economic conditions. Organizations have to deliver more with fewer resources. To meet changing customer needs, organizations have to dynamically scale up resources. At the same time, flexibility in adapting to scaled resources is important. Secondly, when customers change their delivery orders, organizations have to still deliver goods on time. Another important requirement from customer is the visibility into logistics processes, right from the raw material through the entire lifecycle of the product. It means organizations have to provide order details as well as full item details.
Thirdly, the logistics industry involves transactions occurring multiple times and with multiple parties outside the office. Incorporating a powerful technology to connect these trading partners is expensive and requires expertise knowledge as well. Last but not the least, logistics involves employees working outside the office. Company resources should be always available from any device.
Logistics industry is among the few sectors that can fully leverage the cloud computing technology. Here are few reasons
Dynamic Supply Chain
Cloud solutions provide the elasticity that is required to dynamically scale up resources to meet changing business demands. Moreover, the cloud scales your resources at a low cost and in quick time. You can quickly switch between applications. The complexity in managing applications is reduced. With the ability to quickly launch new applications and services, organizations can effectively enter new markets.
Collaboration between teams
Whether an organization operates the supply chain from end-to-end or outsources some services, cloud solutions provide an integrated environment wherein versatile teams can effectively collaborate among themselves with ease. Multiple parties can jointly develop service contracts and manage thousands of suppliers with ease. The cloud provides more data in real-time which is accessible to the entire team.
In the Logistics business, employees have to work from outside the office. With the advent of smart-phones, office networks comprise a good portion of mobile devices. By centrally publishing resources, organizations can provide access to remote users from any device, anytime and from anywhere. Any update to the pricing structure or alteration of delivery details are immediately communicated with the enduser.
Provide visibility into product lifecycle
The present customers in the logistics sector are demanding transparency in the logistics procedures, right from the order details to the entire lifecyle of the product. With the cloud, you can provide visibility into the transportation procedures. At the same time, the cloud allows you to offer privilege-based access which means you can share only required information with the client and securely hide company-sensitive information.
Why CenterServ is the best cloud provider for the Transportation/Logistics Industry?
Logistics involves two important aspects; movements of goods and communication of information. To effectively manage the logistics businesses, organizations need scalable cloud solutions that are easy to deploy and manage. CenterServ is one of the few companies which has thousands of nodes running in multiple locations. With CenterServ cloud solutions, you can quickly scale your resources to meet changing business demands.
CenterServ is the leading provider of cloud computing solutions for the manufacturing industry. With thousands of nodes located in 200 countries, your data is always available online 24/7. Backed by several years of rich experience in designing manufacturing cloud systems that is augmented with the experienced and dedicated staff, CenterServ delivers customized cloud solutions that are reliable and secure. CenterServ is not affiliated or obliged to any product, service or solution which means your organization is entitled for the best available alternative for any specific purpose or need. Most importantly, CenterServ solutions are cost-effective.