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Business Developer Specialist at Triare
Efficiency in logistics is becoming among its most valued characteristics because of its positive impact on the financial performance of logistics firms and operations and its importance for sustainability. Specifically, the research shows that between 30% and 40% of the average fleet moves towards its destination empty. Such a statistic entails a substantial waste of resources and adverse environmental effects.
The use of software applications could resolve this and many other issues, benefiting the company and other parties involved in delivery processes: drivers, carriers, end customers. Building and integrating logistics software becomes a necessity rather than an option. To get a high-quality app, you need to know how to design and implement a solution that is suitable for your business.
It is possible to categorize logistics apps based on their fundamental components: inventory management, delivery tracking, vehicle management, etc. Each component may require a separate solution or a specific type of logistics software.
Each solution may require specific features that address the needs of a company. However, it is possible to determine development process steps regardless of app type and features.
Step 1: Determining the app category and must-have features
Determining the logistics category narrows down the functionality of the needed solution. Choosing between vehicle management, real-time tracking, and inventory management or combining several categories requires deep knowledge of users and their needs.
Step 2: Finding the right developer
Building your own team, outsourcing the process, or hiring an outside team are the primary alternatives. The choice depends on the available budget, the scale of the solution, and your specific needs. For example, a company with its own development team may decide to develop its own solution, while a firm without one may need to outsource developers.
Step 3: Communicating your needs and app idea
Communicating the needs to the development team sets the direction for the development of the logistics app. It is critical for developers to understand the needs of your solution, its core functionality, and potential limitations.
Step 4: Discovery stage
The discovery stage allows defining specific functions, business logic, customer touchpoints, and other key elements of your app.
Step 5: Minimum Viable product
Creating the minimum viable product (MVP) is a prerequisite for developing a logistics app. Furthermore, it is vital to test the MVP in a practical setting.
Step 6: Scaling and support
The final configuration allows fixing the bugs left in the logistics app and determining the post-production support plan.
Aside from the fundamentally poor quality of the developed product, the design process might face several additional shortcomings. The developers might fail to account for user experience, which is as critical in the logistics app as it is in any other app. The apps need to have an intuitive design, which would simplify their use. The app might contain too many features, increasing the app’s complexity, which would result in excess costs associated with its implementation and use.
It is possible to avoid these pitfalls through a systematic approach to the development process and by facilitating communication channels between the development team and the company. TRIARE has significant experience in developing apps for logistics businesses and other industries. A reliable development partner makes a big difference in building a suitable solution.