‘Connected transport is the future of the commodity landscape.’
You buy yourself a freight truck.
After countless weighments of the pros and cons in the business, you finally decide to go for it. You name your company ‘ABC Transport’, or ‘XYZ Cargo Carriers’, et cetera. Next, you go out and try to forage the market for the big fish who would love to have your services, and keep searching till the last drop of sweat.
Eventually, you get lucky and find a business that was short of a truck to make a large and urgent shipment happen, and you turn up to save the day.
You enter into a contract with the said party and things are going smooth for a while. You’re getting regular shipments on a weekly basis and the wheels are a-turning, the boat is still afloat. One fine day out of the blue, you get a notice from the client saying that they regret to inform you they no longer need your services and that some bigwig fleet owner has taken up the contract to serve all their routes on his own, offering several value additions with better quotes.
Your plans for the future are kaput. You are shattered.
This may seem a little too bleak but it is the ugly truth. Everyday scores of truck owners sell their vehicles due to a lack of business, to the point that the investment becomes a liability. There is a multitude of reasons behind the status quo. Truckers with only a few vehicles have a really tough time competing with heavyweights in the market.
The problem does not end with them. It isn’t a certainty that the owner of a large fleet will thus monopolize and make incessant profits. The logistics sector in our country is way too huge and diverse for anyone to take control single-handedly with his or her own fleet. Apart from the heavy investments involved, maintaining heavy vehicles is an expensive affair. Coupled with that come the hurdles of region accessibility, the different types of trucks required by varied segments and industries, and the like.
Also, issues such as unavailability of reverse loads on routes to remote destinations cause truckers to quote really high rates which ultimately, are not economically feasible for shippers. This causes a deadlock between the customer and the trucker wherein either the trucker has to take the consignments on wafer thin margins, or the shipper has to pay exorbitant prices for a particular route, thus forcing him to spend hours, days and months negotiating with transporters for the least quotation.
Another stumbling block in the movement of industrial goods is the accountability of drivers. Every other day we hear about consignments being stolen, drivers making sweetheart deals with the perpetrators and driving the trucks off route, shipments not reaching on time, and the list could go on forever.
So what can be done about this pitiable predicament? Of course, we cannot keep our hands tied and throw the dice each time we have to move something.
We need a solution and we need it now – Camelport is doing just that.
Using cutting edge technology to take on these issues head on, Camelport is consolidating all the scattered truck owners into one strong consortium. The trucks associated with them are spread across the country forming a wide network which can serve all the locations around its vertices. The problem of reverse loads is instantly solved, as any vehicle traversing between these routes gets guaranteed business from the destination hubs.
All the trucks under Camelport’s umbrella are GPS enabled and can be tracked in real time on a detailed map. Along with that, shippers using the web-based portal, also gain access to milestone updates – which promptly tell you if your truck has reached the pickup point, loaded its commodity, reached its destination, received the Proof-of-Delivery, et al. This takes visibility of consignments to a new degree and the shipper can rest assured of facts with the knowledge thus provided.
Transforming a deadlock into a beautiful ecosystem, Camelport routes orders evenly to its truckers thereby solving the major issue of ‘underutilization’ of their capacities. On the other hand, shippers are happy to get the best rates in the market for the routes on Camelport’s web along with benefits such as multiple payment options, credit access, complete visibility and continuous shipping cost reductions over time.
Being tech-enabled and part of an advanced virtual network, Camelport’s ‘caravans’ almost give a human like quality to each and every shipper they serve, and one can easily say that this enterprise is a stepping stone to the future of surface logistics.