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The online shopping experience is changing our lives. We purchase online and expect our purchases to be at our door the next day. Companies like Amazon are leading the industry in satisfying this consumer expectation by developing a model that provides convenience and fast delivery to the consumer. What does this mean to the manufacturer of goods? The warehouses that store the goods? The transportation companies that move those goods to the consumer? The answer is simple—SPEED!

Mobile weighing technologies can help meet the emerging “need for speed” trend by providing a means of weighment at the point of loading and unloading. They do this while at the same time immediately communicating a wealth of specific business and logistical data, eliminating inefficient traffic patterns, and improving safety by reducing traffic congestion.

NEW TRANSPORTATION PARADIGM EMERGING

Warehouses, manufacturing and transportation companies are the leaders in adopting mobile weighing technology to respond to the new trend, in which every part of the logistical process requires a higher degree of processing—with more accurate information—than in the past. Tracking shipments and orders and maintaining visibility is no longer just a convenience—it is a requirement. Existing process are being replaced with more efficient processes that take less time, improve safety and deliver quickly.

Like many other areas of industry, the transportation sector is examining how the Internet of Things (IoT) can improve efficiency. We have been collecting data for years, but now manufacturers are letting machinery, equipment and processes start to take actions themselves. In other words, technology, processes and people are converging—and the facilities most affected are those that need to understand the product location, the status of the product, and where it is in the process.

What is needed are technologies that help companies move products faster through the process, know more about where they are in that process, and capture data to understand what is happening each moment. The information is also being used by owners who are looking to make better decisions on investing money on additional storage space and equipment.