Intermec research reveals new technology could cut pick-up and delivery times by almost a third

Ninety-two percent of transport managers surveyed face significant challenges of meeting same-day delivery requirements.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
June 12, 2013 - MMH Editorial

According to a recent survey conducted by Intermec, transport and logistics companies around the world believe that arming their mobile workforce with new technology could cut both their pick-up times by 30% and delivery times by 29%, savings which could be crucial in boosting operational efficiency levels and meeting customer demands.

These are the principal findings of a survey by Intermec, which surveyed managers of transport and logistics firms in six countries around the world during April 2013.

“Investing the time to review current processes may seem to be a daunting task, but the benefits show this is more than worthwhile,” said Jeff Sibio, Intermec industry marketing director for transport and logistics.

The study finds that 38% of US organizations view operational efficiency as the area of most strategic importance for their business. More than three quarters (77%) of organizations across UK, US, Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand say their customers now demand same-day delivery services, and 92% of companies claim that meeting these expectations is placing significant challenges on their business to adjust.

Most feel that customer demand can best be made through automating key processes in the pick-up and delivery areas, and adopting new technology for drivers such as GPS, mobile and broadband communications. Companies anticipate that by adopting these technologies, the time taken for each pick-up and delivery can be cut by 2.68 and 2.41 minutes respectively, providing a significant boost to the efficiency of the mobile worker.

More results from the survey
● The survey respondents believe broadband mobile communications (60%), integrated vehicle telematics (44%) and RFID (38%) offer the most promising return on investment to their organization.
● The efficiency gains from new technology could extend to back office staff as well. Across European respondents, for example, companies report that they are receiving 6,677 calls per day from customers asking for order status updates.
● By providing proactive shipment updates, a process enabled by location-based and mobile technologies, these same companies believe they could eliminate 24% of these calls immediately.
● This equates to 1,602 calls per working day, a time saving that could then be used to better serve a wider range of customers.
● 44% of companies feel that process re-engineering is the most effective means of improving operational efficiency levels.
● Overall, transport and logistics managers feel that a process re-engineering effort can improve efficiency levels by over 13%.
● Yet despite this, over a third (39%) have failed to complete a process re-engineering effort in the last year.
● Of these, nearly three quarters (72%) have not evaluated their existing processes for at least two years.

“Customer expectations in the industry are growing higher each day, putting increasing pressure on mobile workers to meet tighter deadlines,” said Sibio. “Our survey shows that the use of technology not only reduces call and pick up times for workers, it also offers customers the chance to make fewer calls.”

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Josh Bond, Associate Editor
Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce. Contact Josh Bond

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