Visibility and collaboration: the winning combination

March 8, 2024

Setting priorities in digital transformation is not always easy, but by 2020, 47% of businesses plan to invest primarily in collaboration and the development of agility throughout their supply chain.

Setting priorities in digital transformation is not always easy, but for 2020, 47% of companies plan to invest primarily in collaboration and the development of agility throughout their supply chain. 2 dimensions that are more essential to managing rail flows.

Rail transport must be thought of in its entirety: a large number of actors are involved, which makes its management complex, where each step is important in order to be able to achieve increased performance.

How to make all these actors interact in order to manage its flows in a more agile way?

This strategic approach necessarily involves the digitalization of its transport, which will be positively impacted overall. However, rail freight has not quite carried out its digital revolution, unlike road freight.

How can these challenges be met? 2 answers: visibility and collaboration that go hand in hand. Explanations.

End-to-end visibility for real-time incident management at all levels

Real-time tracking is a significant plus for proactive transport management. Monitoring shipments makes it possible to work on the expectations of delays, and above all to be proactive in managing hazards, regardless of the partner/service provider.

Real-time visibility is beneficial for all railway players.

Transport flow pilots, who ensure the correct delivery of products, are thus alerted to anomalies as soon as possible. With instant visibility, it is able to inform partners and take action as soon as possible.

The places of loading and unloading, departure and arrival of the cars, typically the customer factories which also need this information in order to organize the loading/unloading means (Team, equipment, slots). Thus, if they are alerted instantly to a discrepancy between the arrival schedule and the reality on the ground, they can react and anticipate.

Shippers also benefit from this visibility: waiting for their goods, they need to be warned of possible delays in certain products in order to find alternatives or levers of action.

As you have understood, transport visibility is therefore necessary to follow its transport, but above all in order to communicate to the actors who are waiting for the train upon arrival (Customer, Supplier, Partner Factory).

Who says complete rail visibility, says optimal collaboration

A transport management solution, and especially rail transport, must today put collaboration at the center of the digitalization of business processes, taking into account all customer constraints, but also of service providers, and in addition in real time.

Considering each actor and offering an interface for each perimeter makes it possible to streamline the execution of a multi-actor process. Collaboration is therefore central, especially in transport planning - one of the key aspects that a TMS covers - where all the constraints of your activity must be centralized.

Having a collaborative TMS tool therefore makes it possible to streamline and formalize exchanges within the Supply Chain, during complex logistics operations.

How to improve rail visibility?

Today, there are very few or very few TMS market solutions dedicated to rail that make transport visibility in rail an essential asset, unlike road transport.

Building on its railway expertise, Everysens combines its expertise in AI and IoT to enrich the classic functionalities of a TMS in order to offer the first collaborative and real-time TMS on the rail market.

Rail transport visibility is based on the tracking of a car and the GPS messages it emits, which can lead to inaccurate tracking. Everysens provides rail visibility in real time from the departure of the train to its final arrival. To do this, we have therefore put into production a unique calculation of the position of the convoy based on all the cars. This improvement allows us to detect alerts as early as possible (delay, delayed car, etc.) and to provide our customers with end-to-end visibility. Our customers are therefore in a position to take corrective actions thanks to our alerts.

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