Tips for logistics businesses to go contactless

Protect your employees and customers by avoiding unnecessary contact

As companies around the world look for ways to adapt to a new reality, the logistics industry, deemed an essential service, has had to find ways to adjust on the fly. 

Measures such as employees working from home when possible, to holding virtual meetings and ensuring social distancing in warehouses have all been part of continuing business in the current climate. 

Fortunately, we’re living in a world with cutting edge technology at our disposal, which has made the transition a little easier. 

At Navitrans, we have taken the steps to ensure our staff’s safety, while continuing to serve our customers.  

For those logistics and transport businesses continuing operations, there are many ways your business can go on uninterrupted, while taking the necessary safety measures to protect your customers and your employees.

Make your invoicing paperless 

A paper-based process for invoicing means that you have to wait for your drivers to return to the office with proof of delivery before you can send the invoice. However there’s a way you can not only speed up this process, but avoid drivers having to hand over paper in person.

eCMR (an electronic version of waybills) speeds up the invoicing process, as the sender has immediate access to proof of delivery. This makes the entire invoicing procedure between managers and drivers contactless, and a lot more efficient.  

At Navitrans we can help you implement this measure, as our software is compatible with eCMR.

Simply reach out to your Navitrana account manager if you’d like to learn more about eCMR.

Dive deeper into your Warehouse Management System

Task driven warehouse planning within your software will give you control over all warehouse movements without the need to interact in person. Using your warehouse management system, you can keep track of tasks to complete and what has been completed.

Automating the assignment of warehouse tasks such as put-away, picking and replenishment will allow you to remain efficient and avoid contact wherever possible. 

Zone Picking

By assigning zones, you can introduce a set structure to where each person can work. Rather than an operative moving across the warehouse to pick their orders, they can remain in their assigned locations. In fact, an operative can be more efficient than usual, as they’ll spend less of their time traveling between picks.

When orders are picked from their assigned locations, they can be transferred to a centralized area for consolidation. Organising operatives in this fashion will help maintain the 2-metre guidelines.

Wrapping up

While it can be difficult to adapt new practices in such a quick fashion, there are ways in which those in the logistics industry can continue operating safely. 

A silver lining to all this may also include the possibility of business owners discovering new ways of conducting business, which may further improve efficiency.