Vodafone Business chooses YouCo for the Smart Logistics solution aimed at optimizing the supply chain
The new multiplatform developed by YouCo supports Vodafone Business in expanding and strengthening its offer aimed at the logistics sector
The challenge of Logistics 4.0
Digitalization is changing the world we live in and the logistics sector is no exception.
According to research conducted by the Institute for Business Value on 1,500 Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) and Chief Operating Officers, nearly half (47%) of CSCOs have introduced new automation technologies.
For many companies, the competitive challenge is already being played out on 4.0: the adoption and integration of new intelligent, flexible and sustainable technologies that allow the automation and optimization of logistics processes in the different phases of the supply chain.
The experience of Vodafone Business, the expertise of YouCo
Vodafone Business, the Vodafone division dedicated to small, medium and large companies and the Public Administration, has for years supported companies in the logistics sector with Mobile IoT technologies such as CAT-M, enabling infrastructures such as Mobile Private Networks and end-to-end solutions that enable intelligent, real-time management of the entire supply chain, such as Vodafone Business Fleet Analytics and Vodafone Smart Logistics.
Thanks to its technology and experience in the digitalisation of business processes gained in complex areas such as manufacturing, Vodafone Business presents itself as a strategic partner to allow the logistics chain to pursue simplification and digital transition.
On the basis of a consolidated ten-year collaboration, Vodafone Business has relied on YouCo, Your Company for Innovation, for the construction of a new platform capable of integrating within its offer and responding to the complex and diversified needs of its customers for the management of logistics processes.
The multitenant operating model
The operating model of the Vodafone Smart Logistics platform is delivery in a multi-tenant service mode.
This model guarantees the flexibility and scalability necessary to respond in a standard, “ready to use” and all in one way to the needs of all those manufacturing companies that need to embrace digital transformation in the following areas:
- Asset Tracking outdoor / indoor
- Digitalization of operational processes
- Warehouse management (Spaces, Processes, Localization, Movement)
- Digitalization of goods loading/unloading processes
Vodafone by YouCo’s smart algorithms
What makes the new Vodafone Smart Logistics platform smart are the algorithms developed by YouCo on behalf of Vodafone Business.
The warehouse layout optimization algorithm facilitates the identification of the optimal positioning of packages in the input list in order to keep packages of the same type grouped, minimize package handling operations and maximize the accessibility of priority packages greater.
The optimized vector loading algorithm allows the generated data to be exported to the management system, in order to use it as reporting. The optimization algorithm is based on a service that requires as input the data describing the packages and the compartment in which they must be loaded in order to maximize the number of packages or the overall volume loaded taking priorities into account.
The Vodafone Smart Logistics solution
The Vodafone Smart Logistics solution consists of the following elements:
- IoT platform usable via WEB Portal
- Mobile App for the mobile management of warehouse goods movement
- Smartphone/Tablet that supports BLE technology where the Mobile App is installed
- Barcode/RDFID reader integrated into smartphones/tablets for reading barcodes/UHF affixed to moving goods
- Asset/Personal Tracker
- Data connectivity via Vodafone SIM
- Indoor localization infrastructure, based on BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technologies
Vodafone Smart Logistics is made up of both functional modules, i.e. all those application modules that provide functionality to a user, and modules that do not provide functionality directly to users but are essential for the correct functioning of the solution, such as the integration, monitoring and allocation modules. computational resources and virtualization of HW components.
Some Core functional modules must be activated compulsorily as they are indispensable for the Smart Logistics product, others however are optional and can only be activated to meet the specific needs of the individual customer.
Optimization of logistics processes
Among the features that contribute to the optimization of logistics processes, for example, the operational management module should be mentioned, which offers a workflow engine to define workflows on the basis of which activities can be assigned to mobile staff.
To reduce delivery times and in order to make organizational choices more efficient, the geolocalization module comes into play, which allows you to locate all the activities carried out by the user.
Security and communication
Other strategic aspects for optimal supply chain management are those relating to the constant improvement of safety and communication with the workforce.
Precisely to respond to these two needs, Vodafone Business and YouCo also make available through this platform the security module which allows you to exploit the Man Down and SOS sending functionality, thus allowing the operators of the Web portal to view all Man Down events. Ground/SOS and possible SOS alarm.
With the communication module on the other hand, through the Internet application YouTalkie, communication with the workforce located throughout the area is simplified, ensuring fast and timely sharing of the information necessary to carry out the various steps of the logistics processes.
The solutions offered by Vodafone Smart Logistics can be verticalized ad hoc on customers and all the modules are applicable both to companies that already own a management software system, in which case the processes are optimized on top with the new algorithms, both for companies and they don’t have it.
YouCo, increasingly Your Company for Innovation!
With Vodafone Smart Logistics, the wide range of innovative solutions that YouCo makes available to companies is further enriched, supporting them in the integration of digital processes in the internal logistics sector.
“Today, accurate, transparent and agile management of the supply chain is a critical issue of great importance for companies in every sector – explains Donatello Carlucci, Sales Manager of YouCo – there are multiple challenges to face, due to energy increases, to geopolitical events, to the scarcity of raw materials, which continually test supply chains. Precisely to cope with this complex scenario, companies are investing in digital technologies, adopting an open innovation approach. YouCo, always in step with the times, continually develops innovative solutions to assist and support companies in digitalisation processes. With Vodafone Smart Logistics we have managed to bring intelligence to warehouse management, to build a more efficient, resilient and sustainable Supply Chain.”
YouCo acts as a precursor and leader in supporting digitalisation processes in companies, reducing lead times for supplying parts and giving the possibility of having a “synchronous”, fast and sustainable supply chain and thus mitigating any shortage situations.