Smartphones and tablet computers are changing the way businesses operate. It's not uncommon to see retailers completing transactions on the floor with iPads or a businessman participating in a video conference call from his iPhone.
The organizations that take advantage of the functionality and popularity of the devices to improve efficiency and productivity expand only as quickly as the App Store can grow. A handful of industries haven't capitalized on mobile technology simply because it doesn't fit into their operation quite yet, but that number just got smaller.
Load Delivered Logistics, LLC, a logistics firm, released its new app, Load Finder, to the App Store for iPhone and iPad on January 20. The Chicago-based business works with companies to ensure affordable and efficient operation of their supply chains. With the new free app, Load Delivered does just that by providing a simple, one-stop place for its compliant carrier partners to search for and bid on available freight.
"Our carriers talked, and we listened," Robert Nathan, Load Delivered CEO stated in a press release. "The app was created using their feedback and insight to ensure we were keeping them connected in this ever-changing industry."
The app has a search feature that finds shipments by current location, desired location, radius, date or equipment type, according to the release. When users come across a shipment they want, they can place a bid right from the app.
Of course the application is only for compliant carriers of the company, but every slight improvement to the supply chain is a good sign for the entire industry as it adapts to new technology. Advances in labeling trends have produced mobile applications that streamline productivity using the device's camera as a barcode scanner. With smartphones and tablets still just in their infancy, it's exciting to imagine where they'll fit into the industry next.