Managing road transport logistics can be challenging, especially when you have your own fleet or set of trucking vendors. With so many orders, routes, multiple vendors and different types of vehicles, it’s easy to lose oversight of your operations and feel out of control. Often, you’re expected to handle all this information using a variety of different systems, both online and offline. As technology evolves and consumer platforms grow more intuitive, couldn’t this same level of simplicity be brought into the road logistics world? Introducing eTrucknow, Kuehne+Nagel’s cloud solution for high quality, reliable and efficient road transport management.

What exactly is a cloud solution? This means that the solution is hosted online, and accessible from any device, wherever you are in the world. However, there’s no need to install complicated software or to maintain servers and network infrastructure. Simply log in from any device and all your data is immediately available. But beyond the simplicity of having everything in one place, what are the advantages of managing road logistics with a cloud solution?

Instant bookings

It can be exhausting to book road freight. You need to source quotes, procure lane rates, find truck vendors and complete other tasks before you make a booking. With a cloud solution, you can create automated workflows based on the lanes you need, the goods you are shipping and the order type. By using eTrucknow, your fleet is integrated into an order management function, which makes booking simple and stress-free.

Better planning

The ability to adapt to changing circumstances is a competitive advantage, particularly as Covid-19 continues to cause unpredictable disruptions. A cloud solution means that your team all enjoy access to the same up-to-date information wherever they are in the world. You can instantly share updates, plan shipments and optimise routes based on real-time information and all from one interface. Event time stamps and alert notifications put you in control, and your planning team can avoid surprises and be ready for every situation, ensuring that your customers stay satisfied.

Accurate insights

Visibility is crucial for a logistics operation. Knowing where your in-transit shipments are has become an essential business insight and something that your customers expect you to know. A further advantage of a cloud solution is the visibility it provides, giving you an oversight of your entire operation. You won’t just enjoy visibility of your shipments, you’ll also have access to vital business analytics. eTrucknow provides essential insight into the location, condition and estimated arrival time of your shipments. You can fully customise your dashboard so that the most relevant information is always at your fingertips.

Easy access to documents

Keeping track of the documents that go with each of your shipments can be a daunting task. Missing and lost paperwork can cost you hours of productivity and potentially affect your reputation with customers and suppliers. Matching delivery notes to invoices takes time and leaves your business prone to lost or imperfect data. With a cloud solution, all your documents are kept in one place which removes the need to log in to a different system, scan paperwork and re-key data. A cloud solution also makes electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) simple. You capture the customers’ signature in the app, making it quick and easy to verify delivery without the need for specialised systems.

Cost savings

As well as making your road logistics easier to arrange, a cloud solution also saves you money. You can schedule your trips, optimise your freight loads and use analytics to create a more efficient and lean operation. Quick access to all your data and documentation from a single platform also saves you time and lets you focus on your core business. Through real-time insights and smarter decision-making, you are better able to serve your customers. You’ll also enjoy access to all the benefits of a cloud solution, without any of the costly IT requirements.

With eTrucknow, the intuitive interface and easy-to-use functions that you expect from consumer software are now available in your road management platform. You can quickly and efficiently manage your fleet of truck vendors, access all your business analytics and share information easily with colleagues and customers. Managing your road logistics from the cloud brings you simplicity, reliability and efficiency. Of course, every element can be customised so that it matches your exact requirements – just ask us how.

Be prepared and stay in control with eTrucknow. Find out more here or schedule a demo with us.