Executive Briefings

Sensor Technology Provides In-Transit Visibility

The just-completed expansion of the Panama Canal to support larger container vessels is an important and highly visible milestone in supply chain management. Delivering goods in roughly half the time that it would take by alternate ocean routes will save shipping costs - assuming the goods arrive in good condition. But what if the goods are damaged during loading, unloading or while at sea? What if the container never made it on the vessel? That's where "in-transit visibility" plays an important role in supply chain management.

Businesses that ship or receive electronic products and components know all too well the hazards of the shipping process – they may incur shock through mishandling or accidents or be damaged by heat or humidity while in transit. Until recently, these were just the risks of doing business. But today, sophisticated sensor technology can mitigate those risks.

Now a sensor attached to the inside or outside of a shipping container, truck trailer or railcar can detect abnormalities and transmit them in real- time to the shipper and/or receiver. Using a single system of engagement, logistics managers can receive real-time alerts, exception warnings and event management notices. The manager can not only anticipate late deliveries but can be proactive in taking alternative measures to prevent a supply chain disruption.

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Businesses that ship or receive electronic products and components know all too well the hazards of the shipping process – they may incur shock through mishandling or accidents or be damaged by heat or humidity while in transit. Until recently, these were just the risks of doing business. But today, sophisticated sensor technology can mitigate those risks.

Now a sensor attached to the inside or outside of a shipping container, truck trailer or railcar can detect abnormalities and transmit them in real- time to the shipper and/or receiver. Using a single system of engagement, logistics managers can receive real-time alerts, exception warnings and event management notices. The manager can not only anticipate late deliveries but can be proactive in taking alternative measures to prevent a supply chain disruption.

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