How Can Data Networks Improve In-Transit Visibility?
The world of logistics is complex, with many handoffs occurring during transport on the intermodal network. And critical to the whole process is the question: ‘Where’s my stuff?’
It’s that question—really a simplified definition of in-transit visibility—that CAPT Mark Failor, USN (Ret.), Senior Director for Solutions and Alliances at Infor, addressed during the Cloud Based Platforms for Military Readiness course given during Transportation Academy.
There is an opportunity for creating a global network. USTRANSCOM has a TMS [Transportation Management System], as do many of its commercial partners. So the question then becomes how do you get these TMS’ to tie together and share data in order to achieve end-to-end visibility?
Sharing information could enable better visibility on the transactional lifecycle, in addition to the visibility of the actual delivery of the material.
Software platforms can be utilized for logistics visibility. Benefits such receiving notifications through the platform as to where the part is in-transit, rather than having to search for the part, as well as the ability to automate processes that your team does on a regular basis can help speed up the transactions.
Synchronization across the multimodal network is very challenging, but technology makes it possible. And this is a possibility today, even though many people are not using it.
The goal in many ways is to be able to identify issues along the movement process. A network cloud will allow for the sharing of information that will allow for this single view, but not before decisions are made about how people want to move forward with their data.