Why are suitable real-time visibility solutions more difficult to find for refrigeration logisticians?
The difficult choice of tools for temperature-controlled transports
So-called RTV platforms or real-time visibility platforms are currently a frequently-discussed topic in the market and are enjoying increasing popularity. Shippers in particular like to use these types of platforms as part of digitization projects.
As a result, carriers, transport companies, and logistics providers (3PLs, 4PLs) automatically come into contact with the platforms to provide position data to their clients, for example. In short: creating transparency during transport. Sounds simple, and in principle it is. Logically, you also want to benefit from these tools yourself.
However, when it comes to mapping sensitive transports, such as in the refrigeration and pharmaceutical industries, the whole thing looks a lot more complex. The big question here is whether classic RTV platforms are able to map the requirements of temperature-controlled transports. Because only if this is the case refrigerated logistics companies can really benefit from the tools.
My answer in a nutshell: No. Looking at the issue in a bit more detail, the following arguments, for example, come into play when choosing the right tool:
Graphic 1: Processing of all data sets with maximum data depth
Left – Standard RTV platforms: Processing of position and rudimentary temperature data.
Right – NIC-Place: processing of all data sets with maximum data depth
Graphic 2: Onboarding of own partner
As you can see, the vendor market for collaboration solutions that meet all (five) requirements is very limited. If you also consider the very different process setups of a (refrigerated) logistics provider, it quickly becomes clear that temperature-controlled transports cannot be “squeezed” into the standards of the classic RTV platforms.
Let’s talk in person about why NIC-Place could be “the place to be” for you! For 12 years, NIC-Place has been providing software solutions for the transport and logistics industry that are holistically tailored to the transparency requirements of temperature-controlled transport. Meanwhile, the platform connects the largest cluster in Europe of refrigerated logistics providers and companies with the highest quality standards to collaborate digitally and exchange data in maximum depth.