Container Tracking

  • If there’s one thing that you certainly can’t overlook when your organisation embarks on a journey to strengthen supply chain management, then it’s supply chain visibility. Comprehensive shipment visibility and the resultant operational efficiency benefits everyone in the supply chain.  Today, organisations across industries are rapidly turning towards cloud-based online container tracking solutions owing to the ease of usage and visibility these systems offer. Here are some of the benefits of a modern-day container tracking system: Benefits of container tracking system to your organisation Auto-capture every movement of your shipment State of the art tracking systems are designed to track your containers in real-time .and compare planned milestone dates with actual events. This makes it possible for you to assess the performance of your carriers.   With the traditional tracking method, which involves visiting shipping lines’ websites to track containers, you are very likely to access outdated information. It can further lead to miscommunication and confusion between you and your customer.  However, with present-day tracking solutions, this problem doesn’t arise. The software tracks your shipment round the clock in real-time and gives you timely updates. Automated updates to your inbox You don’t need to put in efforts to seek updates on your shipment’s location anymore. Your new container tracking system will not only capture the live location of your cargo but also auto-notify you each time your shipment attains a journey milestone.  Depending on the system you choose, you will get an auto-generated email or message straight to your mobile phone.  Improve customer relationships Competent systems also allow you to share tracking data with your customers for their particular shipment. This allows your customers to get detailed journey updates and enhances overall customer experience.   Actionable insights through a performance analytics dashboard Intelligent tracking solutions have a comprehensive analytics dashboard which enable...
  • The global logistics and container shipping industry are mammoth, and keeping them in a smooth motion and overcoming obstacles is quite a challenge. While most of the world’s cargo continues to get shipped in containers, container shipments face their own set of problems too.  As a shipper, one of the best ways you can minimise risks when shipping your goods in containers is to track your shipment’s movement closely. The key to avoiding unpleasant surprises is having real-time and end-to-end visibility over the location of your shipping container.  In this article, let’s look at some of the challenges associated with container shipments: Lack of clear communication When you rely on your carrier and freight forwarders to get updates on your container’s movement, miscommunication often can and does happen. Going a step further, this results in poor communication between you and your customers as well.  In a world where customers prefer having real-time visibility over their shipments’ movement, communication is an integral part of supply chain management.  Modern-day solutions such as GoComet container tracking system allow you to track your container in real-time and share tracking data with your customers for their particular shipment. This enables unprecedented transparency over the movement of goods for you and your customer and eliminates the scope for miscommunication.  Security concerns – everywhere  Container shipments pass through several pairs of hands, more so if it’s a long-distance shipment. This makes the security of goods a key concern. Each shipment tends to go from a trucker to the storage facility and then from there to another truck, further to two-three ports and so on.  All this movement of your freight becomes a significant security concern without visibility; especially if a party involved in your chain breaks the security procedure. The solution? Keep track of your shipment at...
  • As a shipper, one of the best ways to minimise risks and unpleasant surprises when shipping your goods is to keep a close track of your shipment’s movement. Undoubtedly, the key to running a smooth supply chain is to have real-time and end-to-end visibility over the location of your cargo.  Earlier, logistics managers had to manually visit websites of shipping lines or make calls to their freight forwarders and key in the booking number for every container, each time to keep track of all the shipments.  Besides, the intervals at which these sites would update their data were not known and often led to inaccurate information about the container’s location.  Fast forward to the present day, and technological advancements have simplified the process by a thousand folds, making it possible for companies to track sea shipments in real-time effortlessly.  New Age Container Tracking Systems The emergence of state-of-the-art container tracking systems has made it possible to get timely, live updates on the exact location of your freight. The market is flooded with online tracking tools that allow real-time container tracking and enable you to deal with any rerouting or delays proactively. However, when choosing a container tracking system, you should choose one that auto-notifies you about the different changes in your shipment’s status. Such a tracking system will give you timely updates every time your shipment achieves a milestone in the logistics and transportation process. Some of the most critical status changes that you should look for are: When the container leaves your facility When the container arrives at a terminal and is ready for the customs clearance process When the container is loaded onto the carrier at the port of origin When the carrier carrying the container departs the port of origin When the carrier arrives at the port...
  • An integral part of running a robust and agile supply chain is having end-to-end visibility over the entire supply chain network, particularly on the movement of your goods. While traditionally tracking containers required you to visit shipping companies’ websites and manually check for your container’s location, modern-day container tracking systems have been quite a game-changer.  One key reason that container tracking has gained importance is that shipping goods is a long and complicated process. You would want to monitor your shipment to ensure that it reaches its destination on time in sound condition. If at all unpleasant surprises are to come your way, you can take timely mitigatory measures by exactly knowing the location of your shipment. To better understand the benefits of container tracking software, it’s vital to comprehend party logistics and their respective container tracking considerations. Different logistics parties involved in supply chain management: Tracking shipping containers wouldn’t have been so complicated if only a single party and transportation mode were involved in getting the ships from its point of origin to its destination. If only one party was responsible for the shipment, then all it would take was to attach a small tracking device to the container. This device could pick up real-time location information and report to the vessel’s IT hub; it could be further transmitted via GPS to the satellite.  Unfortunately, the process isn’t this simple as it involves four different logistics parties playing a different set of roles. First-party (1PL):  It’s the party that has manufactured the goods that need to be shipped using shipping containers. The first party is concerned with container tracking to a great extent as any delays or disruptions in their containers’ movement will translate to a disturbance in their supply chain and inconvenience to their customer.  Second-party (2PL):  The...
  • Real-time container tracking is a necessity that demands the attention of supply chain professionals. A few years ago, keeping track of all your global shipments was a time consuming, laborious process.  Logistics managers had to manually visit the website, key in the booking number for each container and check the status. But now, with the newest advancements in technology, it has become extremely simple to track the precise locations of all your containers as and when updated, thereby obtaining much-needed visibility into the supply chain operations. The emergence of state-of-the-art container tracking systems give you timely updates on the different stages in the movement of your shipment and enable you to proactively deal with any rerouting or delays. With more and more companies rapidly shifting to automated container tracking solutions, there has been an explosion of such software in the market. To separate the wheat from the chaff, identify the best-suited software that gives you the best ROI for your company, asking the right questions is crucial.  We have done our due diligence and compiled a list of the best container tracking software available in the market today that might be a possible fit for your company.  Here are some noteworthy real-time container tracking solutions… Any efficient container tracking system should provide detailed information like the name of the port where your containers may be stored, live location of your containers, status and exact delivery times. Here are some of the container tracking systems that have helped several shipping companies in streamlining their freight transportation processes. GoComet Container Tracking Software GoComet’s container tracking solution allows you to track all your international shipments in real-time on a unified dashboard. The module auto-captures every movement of your shipment, assesses your carrier performance and sends automated updates directly to your inbox every time...
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