When contractors and builders can receive supplies straight to the back their vans, it saves time and money, reduces the workload on warehouses and makes logistics more efficient.
Many people nowadays expect deliveries to arrive on the same day they order something. Fortunately, so-called in-car delivery can eliminate a trip to the warehouse and speed up the whole logistics process: Builders, for example, can receive supplies right where they need them – the cargo bays of their vans. The wholesale firm GC Online Plus now offers this new service. It supplies contractors with all kinds of materials – from faucets to ceramic fixtures. Up till now this required double the trips: First, a delivery had to be made via courier to the contractor’s business or the contractor had to pick the materials up before heading to a job. But now the delivery is made straight to the back of the contractor’s van even while they’re already on-site. It’s all made possible with the IoT solution Mobile Identity & Access (MIA) from Deutsche Telekom.
The wholesaler is equipping its delivery fleet with a GPS tracker to locate customers and a remote control to open the back of their vehicles. Builders can order items they’ll need the next day up till 8pm. GC Online Plus collects the entire order and plans the delivery. Once on the road, a driver gets the location of a customer’s van or car. Upon arrival, she can open the trunk and place the supplies inside. Confirming the delivery, she can then lock the customer’s vehicle again.
These new logistic methods are making life easier for those working in the trades. If deliveries can be made on the job during working hours, a plumber no longer has to waste time by leaving the building site. Alternatively, orders made during the day can be delivered later in the evening, meaning they’re available first thing the next morning. Since company vehicles often are parked on the company compound overnight, couriers can easily access a whole fleet and deliver custom supply lists to each and every van.
Wholesalers and logistics firms both gain important advantages: Their vehicles are better utilized, since they’re not just heading to customers during the day. GC Online Plus estimates it can reduce its delivery fleet by approximately 20 percent. Moreover, in-car deliveries are up to 60 minutes faster than shipping them via a central logistics depot. Customer satisfaction is accordingly higher. Tradespeople also see benefits: Travel times and costs associated with driving to a warehouse disappear completely.
SMART, SECURE IOT LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS
The foundation for in-car delivery is Mobile Identity & Access (MIA) from Deutsche Telekom. The technology turns a regular smartphone into a universal key for all kinds of access points. The system works with doors, gates, compound perimeters or underground garages. It is made up of three components: an app, a cloud service and a telematics box. This can access central locks and is connected with the Internet of Things in order to locate destination vehicles.
Security is ensured at all times: The smartphone app identifies the person permitted to open a lock by connecting via Bluetooth to the telematics box. This, in turn, uses an encrypted connection to the cloud service MIA to check for authorization. MIA operates from a highly secure Deutsche Telekom data center where all information about users, keys and authorizations is stored. This data is never transmitted to a smartphone and can be quickly and individually applied and revoked. MIA is compatible with all common company systems used for identity management. The centralized control panel in the cloud shows where each delivery vehicle is heading at all times. In short, in-car delivery with MIA from Telekom makes logistics faster, more transparent and more efficient – without sacrificing security.
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Digitization and the Internet of Things are among the favourite topics of Daniel Kunz. He has been with Deutsche Telekom since 2017 and regularly writes about technology trends and many exciting topics, especially for the retail trade and the logistics industry.