Mobile Supply Chain Management
Descartes’ Mobile Applications allow fleet managers to interact with their drivers and field personnel in real time. While many competitive solutions are just simple data collection tools, Descartes’ robust mobile solutions can seamlessly integrate with the route plans, collect comprehensive information and enable dispatchers to provide mobile resources with real-time updates.
We provide a variety of integrated capabilities for two-way real-time mobile communication that can significantly improve productivity and performance of your fleet operations. Our leading-edge technology is flexible and modular. Our mobile applications operate across a broad range of mobile platforms including Windows Mobile® and Android™. We support an extensive variety of devices both ruggedized and consumer grade to support our customers’ unique needs, budgets and technology strategies.
Descartes’ Mobile Applications benefit-driven capabilities include:
- Route Sequences and Turn-by-turn Navigation: Improve driver productivity with optimized route plans that can be efficiently delivered to a broad range of mobile devices complemented by optional navigational functionality to help drivers get to where they are going.
- Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL): Use next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to monitor vehicles or people in the field for advanced plan vs. actual performance monitoring. Shipment status updates and system alerts can be automatically triggered when designated routes are not followed. Descartes provides options for both active and passive tracking.
- Real-time Updates: Go beyond basic status messaging and enable dispatchers to dynamically adjust routes based on actual performance and order changes with easy to implement and user-friendly solutions that allow drivers to capture and transmit events such as arrivals, departures, and delays using inexpensive consumer grade devices.
- Scanning & Proof of Delivery (POD): Eliminate paper and streamline operations with robust at-stop data collection that supports signature capture, scan-on/scan-off capabilities, confirmation of product counts, pictures of damages, and much more all in a paperless environment.
At-Stop Commercial Functions: Reduce billing cycles by automatically transmitting essential financial and logistics data to customer service and billing systems.
Continuous Route Optimization vs. Batch Routing
Download the infographic to learn how Continuous Route Optimization enables companies to offer same-day, next-day, and dynamic delivery appointments to improve service, reduce costs, and increase profits. (85 KB, PDF)
Real Customer Stories
US LBM, one of the largest and fastest growing lumber and building materials distributors in the United States, uses Descartes' automated routing and scheduling technology to power their innovative mobile construction delivery solution.