How IoT Provides End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility Without a Premium Price Tag

Most logistics managers rely on third-party logistics (3PL) providers to move their shipments. Those 3PLs will then use a variety of carriers, shippers, and providers to do the job and deliver the product to its destination.

Whether you’re outsourcing to third parties for fulfillment and distribution services, or for your own supply chain, knowing exactly how your product is being shipped is crucial. Clear visibility and detailed insight help logistics managers save money, avoid shipment problems, and get their items delivered as efficiently and quickly as possible.

 

Use Any Carrier and Stay in Control

If you’re like most businesses, you know that using a range of various 3PLs to move your products and manage your supply chains is more cost-effective than a full service like FedEx or UPS. Intelyt allows you to use any carrier you choose, while providing detailed insight and visibility into your shipment process using IoT technology.  

‘Premium’ Asset-Based 3PLs come at ‘Premium’ Prices

An asset-based logistics supplier like FedEx or UPS owns the entire shipping process. End-to-end control allows shipment progress and details to be fairly visible to their clients and they are able to provide this service because they control every stage of the process.  They own the trucks, the planes, and the logistics data and control the people involved: the drivers, pilots, and other delivery workers. 

This kind of tight control might be good for squeezing out potential shipping problems and eliminating some routing inefficiencies, but it’s a premium service that comes at a high price. Not only is it expensive, but the reality is that today, most companies’ global supply chains have more than one provider. That’s where Intelyt comes in - we offer the ability to have the same closed-loop service that FedEx or UPS can provide, but also complement your existing suite of 3PLs. That makes our solution the right fit, no matter how small the business or the shipment.

Integrating End-to-End Full Service With Existing 3PLs

Intelyt offers logistics managers an option that has the same features as high-priced premium services like FedEx, with the price of smaller logistics services which normally don’t provide much visibility or insight. Intelyt allows companies to keep existing 3PLs, while optimizing their supply chains. With Intelyt, companies aren’t tethered to any one provider - we offer visibility independant of the vendor used to transport the product.

Our IoT based technology is designed from the ground up to be rapidly deployed and integrated with your shipment, regardless of what 3PL you've chosen. In fact, Intelyt’s software and hardware work completely independently of the third parties or transportation providers, allowing logistics managers to have access to real-time developments in shipments.

The More Dynamic Your Visibility, the Better Your Bottom Line

More information saves you money. The more you know about problems with a shipment, for example, the better you’ll be able to adjust for future shipments. Knowing the exact path a shipment takes, how it is transported, and when it reaches certain points not only helps businesses stay on-schedule with their work, but also delivers peace of mind.

You May Think You Have More Visibility Than You Do

Many companies are already using services that optimize their supply chains, and many have even observed lower operating costs and more efficient deliveries. However, these businesses might not recognize just how deep their supply chain optimization can, and should, go.

Services like FedEx provide logistics managers with somewhat basic visibility - mostly the physical locations of a shipment and when it arrives at each point in the route. Intelyt’s solution delivers more than just visibility of the various locations along the shipping journey, because for many deliveries, the status and condition of the shipment is just as important as the “when and where.” Intelyt’s systems provide real-time analysis of temperature deviations, notification of sudden shocks that might damage the product, or even alert of a shift that has tilted a product in a way that could cause damage.

Improved Insight and Better Visibility Save Money

Because a typical order is moved and managed by third parties, many businesses struggle with murky intel on and visibility into their shipping process. The Intelyt system allows your organization to maintain use of trusted, affordable 3PLs, while adding the visibility that premium, all-in-one services like FedEx provide.

The enhanced visibility and nuanced insight that Intelyt delivers to logistics managers leads to long-term cost savings. By providing the intelligence that a shipping route has deviated from the expected route, or that a shipment has experienced unanticipated dwells, Intelyt provides actionable data prevent similar issues in the future.

Having transparent, real-time, granular visibility of shipments is crucial no matter the size. Intelyt is not just a leader in providing security and visibility for high-value shipments in global supply chains. We also recognize that the problematic delivery of a small, inexpensive item can affect your entire process, and your bottom line. A tiny piece of plastic used in the dashboard of a motorboat might only cost nine dollars, but when it does not arrive on time or intact, the same piece of plastic can set back assembly, launch, and product shipment.  This is why Intelyt tracks everything and monitors critical low-value deliveries with the same care it gives to high-value orders.  

Managing your global supply does not have to be a mean choosing between the control of all-in-one services and thevalue of trusted 3PLs that are right for the job. By leveraging IoT technology, Intelyt helps businesses, and their logistics managers, bridge the gap. Intelyt’s custom software and hardware provide the premium visibility FedEx might offer, with greater more details and insight. That, combined with easy integration with 3PLs, makes Intelyt the smart choice for any business with a global shipping footprint.