Skyrocketing expenses, volatile fuel costs, increasing competition, and the need for intelligence are some of the key factors driving logistics and supply chains organizations to mobilize their operations in order to survive in today’s economy. Mobile-enablement enhances services, streamlines operations, and cuts costs from depot to doorstep. But while an assortment of devices, all running on different operating systems, are necessary to facilitate the distribution process, they are difficult to control and secure.

With the introduction of mobility, logistics and supply chains have come to depend on the intelligence and data that mobile devices provide. This device, application, and user data helps logistics and supply chain management make better decisions faster – thus saving time and money. For example, device intelligence can optimize route planning and keep fuel consumption costs to a minimum.

From one endpoint to another, logistics and supply chains are comprised of many individual components that are often physically separated by vast distances. Ultimately that network is a single entity, each part dependent upon the prior in order to function efficiently as a finely tuned collective. For this reason, companies strive to make their distribution or logistics operations as seamless as possible – their business depends on it.

Mobile-enablement has had a positive effect on logistics and supply chains, granting businesses the ability deliver faster, more efficiently, and remain competitive. Essentially, mobility management represents the missing link for an integrated supply chain.

Although mobility has clearly optimized the daily business of logistics and supply chains, it has also presented new challenges, namely the management of a new wave of convergence, bringing together users, devices, and operating systems.  In today’s world, organizations aren’t static – there may be many dispersed offices, warehouses and depots, and of course remote employees and drivers on the road.  This raises a new concern for the IT department. How can they help resolve device issues if they are not physically there to do so? Providing remote IT helpdesk support for an increasingly mobile workforce is now of particular importance, especially when employees are hours or even days away.

Logistics and supply chains cannot ignore the benefits that mobile enablement brings.  Many logistics and supply chain IT professionals report that mobility is morphing into the backbone of IT infrastructure for their industry.  And while the complexities of managing the mobile enabled business may seem daunting, enterprise mobility management provides the key to harnessing the operational efficiencies and differentiation to propel mobile-enabled organizations into the digital era.  From remote helpdesk tools, management unification for all endpoints and application integration, to location-aware policies and alerts, data loss prevention and recovering lost or stolen devices - enterprise mobility management is IT’s navigator and personal dashboard through its mobile business transformation.

SOTI has deep experience in the logistics supply chain arena and continues efforts to assist companies in this industry overcome their mobile management challenges and streamline their operations.  But don’t take our word for it.  The LAA (Logistics Association of Australia) has selected SOTI for the prestigious Malcom Priestley Leadership in Logistics Operations Environment award, recognizing our expertise and excellence in driving logistics and supply chains into the mobile era.