The Role of Technology in Achieving On-Time Placement Targets in Indian Logistics

By Vivek Juneja

The Indian logistics sector has undergone a dynamic evolution over the last few years. The relationship between technology and the attainment of delivery milestones within the logistics sphere has emerged as a determinant in amplifying operational efficacy, cutting overhead expenditures, and refining the allocation of finite resources. This shift towards technological innovation highlights the sector’s commitment to precision, effectiveness, and the overarching pursuit of logistical excellence.

Obstacles to Timely Logistics Placement

Obstacles that impact on time placement:

●    Inefficient Manual Processes

Manual tasks are often time-consuming, requiring human intervention for completion. These processes can involve repetitive data entry, paperwork, and coordination through email or other non-automated means. As a result, tasks that could otherwise be executed swiftly and accurately through automation are hampered.

●    Lack of Visibility

Without real-time visibility, businesses lack the up-to-the-minute information required for informed decision-making. Timely coordination between different players in the supply chain, such as suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, becomes challenging when visibility is limited.

●    Traffic Congestion and Infrastructure Issues

The growing volume of goods transported and inadequate roadways, bridges, and transportation networks often lead to congestion and jams. This can result in delayed delivery times, increased fuel consumption, and elevated business operational costs. Moreover, inadequate infrastructure can limit the capacity for larger vehicles, restricting the optimisation of transportation resources.

Accelerating On-Time Placements Via Technological Solutions

The current Indian logistics sector stands enriched with technological solutions employed to direct and expedite on-time placements.

  • Telematics emerges as a pivotal linchpin, infusing operational fluidity through route optimisation and load equilibrium. This infusion of intelligence tops in elevated efficiency and reduced redundancies and bottlenecks that might otherwise undermine on-time deliveries.
  • AI-powered technologies analyse historical data, real-time information, and external factors such as weather, traffic, and market trends to forecast potential disruptions, enabling informed decision-making. By doing so, AI empowers logistics companies to proactively identify and assess potential delays, optimise route planning, and allocate resources more effectively.
  • IoT devices, such as sensors, GPS trackers, and RFID tags, are embedded in shipments, vehicles, and warehouses, allowing continuous monitoring of their locations, conditions, and statuses. This information-rich ecosystem empowers logistics companies to make data-driven decisions and analyse disruptions effectively.
  • Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) lay the groundwork for seamless orchestration. With the complex task of inventory optimisation and automated order fulfilment, WMS represents the perfect example of on-time placement facilitation. It ensures the right stock is at the right place, calibrated by demand patterns and consumption cadence.
The Next Horizon of Tech-Driven Placements

Technology’s influence on attaining on-time placement goals within Indian logistics radiates immense potential. As the sector transforms, the infusion of tools like artificial intelligence, data analytics, and automation promises to redefine its contours. This evolution will give rise to predictive demand forecasting, real-time monitoring, route optimisation, harmonising resource allocation and punctual dispatches. The convergence of these groundbreaking innovations signals a future in which accuracy and punctuality stand as India’s fundamental logistics principles.


(The author is Vivek Juneja, Founder and Managing Director at Varuna Group, and the views expressed in this article are his own)

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