Step by step guide to developing an on-demand logistics management application

Step by step guide to developing an on-demand logistics management application

Logistics is simply managing the transportation of the Goods and services with processes including warehousing, material handling, supply chain management, etc. Logistics helps businesses to expand across borders. The survey conducted in the US has revealed that spending in the logistics and transportation industry is around 8 percent of the US GDP.

With the help of technology one can smoothly complete these operations and address the dynamic needs.  That’s where the logistics mobile app development appears as a solution. The on-demand logistics app helps to track all the running activities and tasks such as managing the fleet, route, shipment, drivers, goods, etc.

Benefits of developing on-demand logistics app:

  • Constant surveillance: 

Logistics business requires timely delivery and this can easily be done is you know the precise location of the vehicle. With the help of GPS technology, one can track the vehicle and through logistics apps this has become way easier. 

You can update the customers about delivery and in an emergency situation, can help quickly. Even an app stores the data about route and vehicle details so one can easily manage the fleet.

  • One-click booking:

With a dedicated logistics mobile app, booking of parcels or cargo can be done at any time from anywhere within a few minutes. A custom logistics app brings automation to the business. Unlike conventional business methods, the logistics app can help to get rid of all the paperwork and save the business from any costly errors.

  • Improved service:

A customized and feature-rich app can improve customer services by establishing a 24/7 connectivity. This transparency and accountability make a company more professional.

A few existing market players of on-demand logistics app:

Main features of on-demand logistics app:

Admin panel:

  • Secure login
  • View/Edit/Delete services
  • View/Edit/Delete users or drivers
  • Show details all completed/pending/ ongoing deliveries
  • Monitor drivers and order managed by them
  • Manage vehicles
  • Invoice of all completed/pending/failed payments
  • Details of all the trips made by drivers such as timing, fuel consumption, etc.
  • Push notification
  • In-app message/call

Driver panel:

  • Secure registration
  • Details of all pending requests
  • Accept the request
  • Complete details with a GPS location of delivery
  • Show all completed/pending/ongoing trips
  • In-app navigation
  • Generate invoice
  • Accept payment
  • Status of payment
  • In-app message/call

User panel:

  • Secure registration
  • Credential information like address/payment method/contact info
  • Estimated quote
  • Schedule and manage bookings
  • Alert and notification
  • Track delivery
  • Bill and payment
  • Rate and feedback
  • Push notification
  • In-app message/call

Advanced feature to add:

  • Cloud-based solution
  • Offline support
  • IoT integration
  • Multi-language support
  • A daily log for drivers
  • Fuel expense tracker and optimization of routes
  • Scan Barcode/QR code for secure delivery
  • Coupons and cashback offers
  • Referral rewards

Technologies used in on-demand logistics app development:

  • Twilio, Nexmo for SMS, Voice and Phone verification
  • Twilio, Push.io for Push notifications
  • MongoDB, Cassandra, Mailchimp Integration, Hbase, Postgress for Database
  • AWS, Azure, Google for Cloud Environment
  • Stripe, Braintree & PayPal, EWallets for Payments
  • Big Data, Spark, Cisco, IBM, Apache Flink, Hadoop for Real-time Analytics
  • Swift, Java, CSS, Bootstrap for front end development
  • Javascript, Ruby, AngularJS, Python for back end development

How much does it cost to develop an on-demand logistics app?

The cost for the development of a mobile app for the logistics business can vary from the number of hours needed for development, technologies used, cost of developers and so on. The cost of mobile app development is more in economically developed countries like the US, Europe, etc. compared to the developing countries like India, Singapore, Indonesia, etc. If we take average charges for all the factors and an app with basic features then the total developing cost will somewhere between $10000 to $30000. 

How Coruscate can help you?

Certainly, the mobile app developed in lines of the above-mentioned features will definitely offer better benefits to the business in the form of quality and performance. But still, it is equally important to finding the right mobile app development company to get your project done properly and on-time. Coruscate has expertise in mobile app development for businesses of various industries, including logistics. Coruscate assure you to deliver an excellent logistics mobile app that will surely meet the needs of your business and its customers. Contact us now to get a personalized quote and app demo for your logistics app. 

A basic chart for P2P payments app development cost is as follows:

Summing up:

Mobile apps have improved the logistics industry so much. However, the survey on the logistics and transportation industry in the US shows that spending in this industry is around 8 percent of the US GDP which means the niche is still not occupied completely. You have a golden chance to build a logistics app with groundbreaking features by simply hiring the best mobile app developers you can afford and make aa huge success.

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