So, you’ve identified a need for a new in-building logistics platform, and now you need to make a realistic budget for the transition. Your journey to creating your perfect logistics solution will be exciting, but there are key decisions to be made. One of the things that can hamper your efforts is the discussion of your budget. What do you need to consider as you craft your budget? Three key categories of needs: your hardware, software, and setup. Let’s break each category down and determine the must-have features of your solution
Let’s begin our journey with a core component of your logistics operation: an intuitive logistics software or platform. Your software system is among the most important decisions you will make on behalf of your organization. Several considerations must be made to carve out the right solution for your team. One of the first things to determine is whether your software system will be web-based or PC-based. Each option has its pros and cons, so carefully choose the best option that fits your team. You must also determine if any data from a legacy system must be migrated to your new platform to help maintain data continuity during your platform transition.
Another thing to consider is whether you would want to integrate an enterprise resource platform, or ERP, system with your platform. Companies and organizations use ERPs to manage their daily operations and supply chains, so having that functionality integrated within your software could profoundly improve your processes. Lastly, since we’re talking about integrations, consider other functions that you integrate within your software. A good logistics platform should be able to accommodate a plethora of options, whether its carrier-specific operations, smart lockers or outbound shipping. Choosing only the necessary components of your software will help you save money, freeing up capital for other parts of your solution.
Now that we’ve discussed your software requirements let’s talk hardware. Take time to think about and determine which hardware and tools are needed to execute your daily tasks. To start, you will need to consider the physical needs of your system. Will you need handheld devices, USB scanners, barcode printers, kiosks, intelligent lockers, or signature capture pads? For each item for which you say yes, you will next need to determine the total number of devices you must purchase and the specific operating system and brand you want. Consider the bare minimum you may need, as well as the ideal number. Identify any sellers that offer discounts for bulk purchases so you can include that in your estimates.
Take your time and go through each of these three sections to determine the critical features needed within your solution. If you have a firm grasp of the needs of your team and can choose budget-friendly components within each section, you will successfully craft your perfect logistic solution. And if ever you may need help, know that SCLogic has you covered!