Mobile applications have always been the saviour for every industry and the problems they face; ranging from apps for enterprise, startups, restaurants, eCommerce, taxi business and more. It is now time for the app’s light of focus to reach on the shipment/ courier industry with transport management system or app.
One such very important part in shipping and transport business is Bill of Lading (BoL) process. Having a customized app can ease the process of BoL.
Bill of Lading is a very important document and it is widely accepted as a legal evidence across the world. Bill of Lading is also referred as a government bill of lading, transport bill of lading, Airwaybill, cargo receipt and evidence of the contract of carriage. A Bill of Lading can be produced prior to or after the shipment is done.
The shipping/ transport or courier business face a lot of difficulty in handling their deals, documents and most importantly, their bills.
While the bills are multiple and a problem in itself, another problem they face is that of making the consignment reach safely.
Shippers, transporters need to make sure that they have delivered the goods / material exactly in the same shape / physical condition in which they have received from the sender / consignee.
Significantly, practical problems have arisen over the past few years regarding the standard BoL requirement, to present the BoL at the discharging port in order to attain delivery of the cargo.
For a long time, the BoL has been the crucial document in the logistic industries. Due to the rapid growth of the modern shipping environment, it required some sort of application or software that can manage and handle the problems easily.
Let’s take a look how a mobile app can automate the process of BoL.
Using the Mobile Camera:
Using a mobile camera, you can take the picture of the consignment before loading the shipment. It is very important that you have all the other details filled in the form which is required in the bill of lading. You can have the driver taking a snap of the consignment before delivering it and get a comparison, of the condition of the goods, done.
Make an eSignature:
In the case of reliability and trust, the signature of the driver can be captured, on the mobile screen. Bill of lading is required to be signed and with a mobile application taking the digital signature can be made possible. You can have a digital signature (eSignature) of the person preparing the document by signing on the mobile device screen. Once the BoL is completed with all the required entries, the photos of the current condition of the goods; the signature can generate the entire details of the deal stricken.
Track Using GPS System:
Using the mobile application, a live tracking of the shipment can be provided to your customers. Using the GPS technology. You can track the location of the courier and based on the distance traveled, current speed and the remaining distance your app can predict the time required to reach the destination. When it comes to making a mobile application, we only make the best. Even in the tracking facility, when it comes to us, we will develop a tracking system that may compete for the accuracy of Uber itself while using and implementing some intelligent algorithms.
Most of the established businesses working as export house / shipping / freight carrier either are using SAP ERP, QuickBooks, JD Edwards, etc or custom made solution for managing their inventory, payroll, dispatch, accounting etc. There are quite a few areas in which you can have a mobile (iPhone, Android, or Windows) app to enhance productivity and provide your customers with an improved experience.
As you are already running your business successfully with your existing software packages such as SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle, Epicor, Infor, QuickBooks or any other ERP system, you certainly need to integrate the mobile app developed with your existing software. We can surely integrate the mobile app with your existing software flawlessly and effectively whether it uses any database or backend technology.
FMLFreight is an available Bill of Lading mobile application, which provides solution for the bill of lading and other export / import related activities. Apart from this there are other mobile apps / solutions available such as IntegrationPoint to handle certain aspects of the bill of lading but none of them are not effective enough to make a huge impact.
There are few other solutions which are providing software solutions for bill of lading and export document management but they do not have mobile app to boost the productivity and give the wow experience to their customers such as DSI-TMS, Shipping Solutions and other solutions are good at a certain level and it’s time to improve the export documentation management.
We had already laid our hands on the courier business in Spain with Glovo app. Want to know more about the Bill of Lading solution? Or any other solutions for your shipping or transport business?
Discuss now with us to find out how effectively can mobile technology be used in your shipping business.