Well, who would like to take the pain of monitoring all the logistics and transportation operations for 24 hours? The answer is clear, no one, but this industry actually calls for a 24 hour solution that can track all continuously running activities. The direction in which is you are thinking is just perfectly right; it is the mobile app that can do all the tasks for your logistics business. So, if you’re running with an idea of developing logistic mobile application, here you will find all the top development directions that are capable of crafting out the perfect mobile apps, both for the Android and iPhone. Manage your fleet, routes, shipment details, drivers, goods and everything with the complete and unified logistics mobile app development ecosystem.
Third-party logistics market size in 2016, by region (in billion U.S. dollars)
So, whether you are looking for fleet management apps, warehouse management apps, vehicle tracking apps, logistics on-demand and inventory solution apps its now the time to get them all in a one stop On –demand logistic app, yes the app will do it all. But then certainly it must be equipped with all the standard attributes such that it is able deliver quality services.
Therefore, in this post identify all the top features, architecture solutions, development cost and everything else so as to embark your business presence and to grab a seat ahead of your competitors in this hyper competitive market place.
Type of Mobile App Solutions in Logistics & Transportation Industry:
Fleet Management Apps
It records all your fleet related data and vehicle information. Hence assign the vehicle as per the requirements and manage all your drivers with a one stop mobile solution.
Logistics On-demand Apps
Deliver the goods, when your users require. It helps your clientele to avail the services in a way they like and helps you to keep connected.
Apps for Warehouse solutions
Our data warehouse apps, store you mammoth data in a simplified way, Hence extract out the correct information with no delays, for making the good deliveries fluent for meeting the time schedules.
Forwarding and Tracking apps
Determine fleet and driver locations with the simple clicks. With our tracking apps, fetch the real time updates about the routes takes and the goods deliveries.
The core features and framework of an On-demand logistic mobile app
Customer Panel OR App
This is first section where the user will land on. They can either create the account or can sign-in with the e-mail or social network credentials.
Users can accordingly select the vehicles that may be required in the transportation. This way it get easy for the user and the agency for delivering the goods within a single trip.
Schedule and manage bookings
According to their requirements and interest, users can schedule the bookings and can manage them as well according to the date and time provided.
Alerts and notifications
All the alerts and notification associated with the deliveries, tracking, offers and everything else associated is delivered to the user.
Billing and payments
The users can generate all the invoices related with cost incurred and can accordingly process the transaction though the online payment procedures available.
Rate driver performance
As per the driver behavior, time adherence and quality of services delivered, users can accordingly rate the performance of the drivers.
All the shipments and the goods that are out for the delivery can be tracked by the user. They can monitor the path and the track chosen on the real time basis , so as to confirm that whether the path taken by the correct and optimized.
Estimate fare charges
According to the destination and the route to be covered from the pickup location user can estimate the corresponding fare charges that may occur.
Driver App Or panel
Under this section, the drivers can register with the own created account credential or can login through the email or social network accounts.
Get and manage request
All the requests that are assigned by the users along with their status are managed so as to keep the track of the completed and pending shipments.
Analyze Shipper details
All the information related with the shipper such as name, address, contact information, destination location, invoice generated are analyzed and stored.
Owing to the distance covered, fuel and the toll charges, weight of the goods to be transferred the freight details are charted by the drivers.
Route and Navigation
With the help of GPS the drivers can determine the route that is required for taking them to the destination. This a great of keeping the users as well the admin about the driver behavior while making deliveries.
All the bills related with the toll, fuel, refreshments are assigned by the drivers so as to get them approved by the admin.
All the payments that are done by the users either online or via cash on delivery mechanisms can be accepted and recorded by the drivers.
Admin Panel App
The admin can login into the account with the email id and password or can create own account too for maintaining the overall system integrity.
Under this section, users can analyze all the users, number of accounts pending and completed plus all the other information related with business insights.
All the drivers that are involved in the shipping and the number of orders executed by them and the ones that are completed are monitored and managed.
Mange trucks, shippers and tariffs
The vehicles, shippers and all the additional costs incurred while making deliveries are managed and stored.
All the notification associated with payments, orders completion, driver allotment etc are delivered to the users to keep them updated.
Billing and invoice
All the bills and the invoices that are generated by the user or driver are analyzed and approved by the admin.
All the user queries associated with the services, drives or if any improvisations are required by the users are recorded and handled by the admin.
Trip log reports
All the trips take by drivers along with the start and the end time, milestone covered are evaluated and recorded by the admin.
Fuel consumption and vehicle management
According to the number vehicles running, the fuel consumption for each of them is recorded accordingly. Further, all the management activities such as the service of the vehicles are required or not, pollution checking etc are stored and tracked by the admin.
Communication is integral for any business that runs. Staying connected with your consumers is always important and several ways such as push notifications, SMS, emails etc can be used so as to keep them updated about the latest offers and services. It makes the users engaged with the app and keeps them attentive via fetch real time updates and notifications
Live Stats of Delivery from Your Merchant
It helps you to easily monitor the driver activities and allows you to assign the task, once all the prescribed tasks have been accomplished. Thus, helps in increasing the productive of your fleet and make the good deliveries quite easy and transparent. It aid in delivering Instant notifications about the good deliveries, time guidelines etc thus, capturing user appreciation.
Multilingual support for drivers
It helps you to properly co-ordinate with your drivers, in case they belong to a different region. It comes as a great help, in making your business scalable. It allows making conversation fluent and make the processes very easy to execute and permits the user to avail remarkable services in almost every region.
With the help of GPS, it helps you determine the routes taken. The app lets you grapple the exact understanding about the locations covered by the driver during the journey. It calculates the trips taken by the driver and the time required in accomplishing the routes.
Real time analytics
It helps you to identify the all the business related activities. Real time reports related with number of orders captures, the regions from where the maximum orders captures, fuel consumption charts and a lot more can be generated in order meet the user requirements in a precise way.
It ensures the safety of drivers while driving. It monitors all the on-duty drivers and their driving attitude while dispatching the goods and scores their safety as per the corresponding data. It tracks the speed, phone usage and frequent hand braking. Further, score card is also generated according to the driver behavior for ensuring maximized safety.
Payment integration and Referral Rewards
Allow you users, to avail your premium services. Whether it’s about moving the house goods, industrial cranes etc, offer them the reliable and transparent payment mechanism such as Braintree or PayPal. Engineering an app with the multiple payment gateways, distinctive currency standards can contribute the logistic mobile app on a good note.
With the high requirement of data storage infrastructure, we use the cloud technology for securely storing your business data.
Access all your fleet and driver associated data, order placement and deliveries data, time consumption and driver behavior reports on the cloud with a very simplified approach.
Cloud operations, since are widely adopted over all the business standards, it decreases your operational costs, and boost up the graphs your revenues and profits.
Further, it comes will all the technical paradigms that suits your business infrastructure and helps to make it operable from any corner of the world.
Few More Features:
- Trip tracking feature for Schedule the trips for your driver tracks the details of drivers that On/Off duty.
- Driver Scorecard to determine the behavior and performance while making deliveries.
- Leaderboards can be used for rewarding the drivers as per their behavior or scores can be improvised with a proper guidance.
- Pre-Plan Routes for Drivers so as to graph out the routes prior to shipments and to keep track of fuel consumption.
- Nearby Gas Station or Mechanic Help for accomplishing long journeys.
- Offline Support: Stay connected, to track, monitor and control all the logistics operations that are taking place on road.
For making a superior quality On-Demand logistics mobile app a right technology stack is required to be implemented. Adopting the latest and evolving technical standards will conserve a seat for your app ahead of the competitors in the tuff competition existing out there.
- Push Notifications – Twilio, Push.io
- SMS, Voice and Phone Verification -Nexmo, Twilio
- Payments – Braintree & PayPal , Stripe, EWallets
- Database – MongoDB, Hbase, Cassandra, Postgress, Mail Chimp Integration
- Cloud Environment – AWS, Google, Azure
- Real-time Analytics – Hadoop, Spark, BigData, Apache Flink, Cisco, IBM
Needless, to say an app processed out of the above phases surely reaps out the benefits on the grounds of performance and quality. Therefore, it is imperative to find out the best Mobile App Development Company such as Octal IT Solution that can craft out the best in class mobile apps, for making your business abreast in this hyper competitive market place.
Development Team Structure
For making a remarkable and an exceptional mobile app certainly, you will require the right mobile app development company, a technical partner, an astute squad of developers, designers and testers; therefore, it becomes very important that you select the appropriate candidates that are imbibed with true potential for developing your app. Below are the key persons that you must hire for converting your app idea into reality:
Project Manager: Definitely she/he should encompassed with all the knowledge and technical criteria’s pertaining to mobile industry landscape and must have a good command over managerial skills and must be able to figure out the best possible solutions.
Developers – Developers can be said as the true creators of mobile app. They are solely responsible for developing your app from scratch and know the perfect solution for making your app to stand abreast in the cut throat competition prevailing out there. Of gorse, the technical team must be comprised of both iOS Expert and Android App Developers headed by the skilled and experienced project managers.
Designers– They are the one that showcases the core idea of the app. No doubt, your app may master the coding standards but a well designed app will attract the users. Therefore, you need have expert UX/UI designers for selecting the extraordinary design elements and backgrounds displays.
Testers– Testers ensures that the app developed combats with all the functioning and operability requirements. Thus, make sure to apply all the testing standards so as to make it achieve the monumental success across all the market standards
So how much the app development will cost you
The cost structure of the Mobile App Development Companies and App Developer communities can vary according to number of hours consumed. For instance, the price for App Development in developed economies such as Europe or in the United States of America start from $200 to $550. Eastern Europe is much cheaper in comparison with other parts of European region as the range for developing On-Demand logistics Mobile App starts from $200 to $500 per hour.
In India, the cost of developing an average on-demand logistics mobile app begins from as low as $20-$25 per hour, Approx. $10,000 to $30,000 for a single platform( Whether iOS or Android)