Imagine losing your smartphone, checking your pocket you realise that its no longer there. We hope that you never experience this, however, most people who are unfortunate enough to do so first think "my login details, all the saved passwords on important apps, like banking :-("
Surely, Delivery Master Courier Software is all about courier companies and the software that they use. Having said this "we’d like to remind you of the importance of SECURITY in this digital era". That means, security, data backup and encryption is as important as the amount of customers you’ll acquire using your new courier software.
Its more than likely that your smartphone has fingerprint access or you use some random geometric pattern to unlock your device, but most people today do not even consider the consequences of losing important data. Yes, you can now allow your customers place orders online, communicate with your drivers through a mobile app and keep your important information on your new back-office system. Just imagine competitor/s having access to customer web portal or access back-office system.
So how do you make sure that the technology you use to get customers orders for example is secure, how do you make sure that in the event of computer break-down you still have access to your courier companies data. You begin with double checking the courier delivery software that you use is secure, uses encryption and offers plenty of backup options.
In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding information. This process converts the original representation of the information, known as plain text, into an alternative form known as ciphertext. Only authorized parties can decipher a ciphertext back to plain text and access the original information. Source Wikipedia. In layman’s terms, imagine a small wooden box that’s locked with a key, without the right key, the wooden box won’t open. Similar to this, data encryption works along the lines of "digital data is Scrambled upon creation, requiring a program to Descramble it".
Today, encryption is used in almost all digital communications, because without it, security is non-existent.
Software Programs & Functional Integrity
Although its a complex subject "software" at the core of it, software is lines of code written for computers to understand. There are hundreds of programming languages
- C Language
- Python, Java, Ada
- Ruby / Ruby on Rails
- HTML (HyperText Markup Language), PHP
- Assembly language
- And many many others
Why so many? Because there are many different devices requiring specific code for specific function. For example: autopilot system in aircraft is built using many other parts, systems and electronic circuitry, whereas a typical microwave in your home requires a different programming language to work.
Although a courier dispatch software may seem basic compared to a software found in an aircraft operation, they are similar in terms of quality. Meaning, we can’t expect our French neighbours to be able to speak English like a British citizen. They will naturally have an accent and may even utter the words wrong, or use wrong words to mean something else. Similar to this, software quality and functional integrity means that the code written works without errors, and, it functions as created. Critically, its created with data security in mind. Let’s now look at more complex logistics, courier software technologies:
What is Blockchain?
Blockchain is a distributed data recording system providing encrypted monitoring of transactions. Well, it is not a database, since it is impossible to modify or delete the registered data. This technology stores the blocks within stored data via connecting them with chain-like data encryption, and exchanging this decentralised chain with other parties. Such mechanisms are tracked by computers and spread democratically, in other words, no centralised authority is needed.
Blockchain’s Implications Within Logistics
There are many different courier logistics software used in the logistics and transportation industry. Software can also take advantage of blockchain technology in multiple ways to improve efficiency. The use of blockchain technology in the logistics industry highlights the concept of ‘smart contracts’, which can reduce the complexity and cost of paperwork. A smart contract is a self-executing contract with the terms of the agreement between buyer and seller being directly written into lines of code.
Tracking Technology and Management of Storage Facilities
Blockchain technology used within courier companies and storage facilities may provide interaction between enterprises, containers and carriers. A Blockchain-based courier tracking system can create an unchangeable distributed data network by keeping records throughout the whole supply chain process, making it far easier to disclose that information with all relevant agencies concurrently.
Today, although some companies define themselves as adhering to the technological developments, to deliver a single load or transport freight internationally may require 10 or more companies to get involved in the same delivery process and communicate with each other.
These interactions and operational work if done manually will naturally be more expensive and timely. On the other hand, advanced courier software programs can handle large quantities of freight and provide overall operational management with ease thanks to using technology. This also enables courier companies to reduce costs in terms of vendors, manpower, and other transaction costs.
The radical change in the tracking systems for vehicles occurred thanks to GPS technology. By using Delivery Master Fleet Tracking System you’ll be able to see the overall picture effortlessly locate and receive real-time status details of every vehicle in the fleet. Inquire about improving your UK courier business with your new courier same-day software and vehicle tracking and mobile workforce management solutions. Contact us
Automation is Indispensable
In United Kingdom, there are still some courier and logistics companies who aren’t investing in what technology has to offer. Complete and accurate change, particularly in automation of daily tasks coupled with technical advances can help UK courier companies be ready for what tomorrow promises in your industry "Courier". It is forecasted to grown exponentially in 2021 onward adding up to billions of pounds. Our experienced team, courier dispatch software program and exceptional support is just a phone call away 0333 30 55 250
Machine Learning & Data Analysis
At this stage, machine learning is already being used and is producing unbelievable results for technology giants like Facebook and Google. Through software programs created to connect the dots, make associations between interactions of people (e.g. Facebook user looking at their friend’s photos), or interest based advertising. Machine learning in this digital era has great potential, although quite far to be useful in today’s courier industry or in courier management software.
Another aspect which is critical for the future is the proper evaluation of data produced by a software. Proper analysis of data through reports can open the windows of opportunities for courier and logistics firms in England UK. Delivery Master same day courier software comprehensive reporting suite is designed to provide important yet non-confusing reports so that you can quickly and easily see what’s important in day to day operations of your courier company.
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We are proud in our track record for delivering exceptional customer support and the technology that improves efficiency through specialised courier and logistics software designed specifically for UK’s courier companies (big or small). Simply contact us so that we can demonstrate the benefits, simplicity and functionality of using your new courier management system Delivery Master Courier Software. Or call us 0333 30 55 250 and let us share our 25+ years of experience in courier and logistics software industry for your courier company’s growth.