Case study | Transportation and Logistics

Delivery Scheduling (DSS): With transport plan and goods validation for UK Customs

Mission:

The mission is creating a dynamic web application for managing supply-chain logistics in the manufacturing sector. The goal was to replace the inefficiencies of spreadsheets and phone-calls with a digital solution that could handle delivery scheduling, on-site security, and Customs declaration validation. The primary objective was to provide an intuitive interface for timeslot booking and approvals while ensuring compliance with Customs requirements.

Key Achievements

  • DSS web application to efficiently manage time-slot requests and approvals, handling recurring, one-off, and urgent deliveries with ease.
  • Created a resource management dashboard to handle deliveries to warehouses, brake blocks, and other locations, with filterable views of expected arrivals and departures.
  • Provided different access levels for users, including client admin personnel, hauliers, and suppliers, to view booked timeslots and make time-slot requests.
  • Extended the application to include transport plan upload and validation, ensuring compliant Customs declarations for inbound and outbound goods.

The Challenge

  • Overcoming the inefficiencies of manual spreadsheets and phone-calls for timeslot booking and approvals.
  • Handling recurring, one-off, and urgent deliveries while responding to changes in the schedule.
  • Validating and processing Customs declarations for Brexit compliance.
  • Ensuring an intuitive interface for all stakeholders involved, from client admin personnel to hauliers and suppliers.

The Solution

  • A dynamic web application with an intuitive interface for timeslot booking and approvals, eliminating the need for manual spreadsheets and phone-calls.
  • Resource management dashboards to handle deliveries and on-site security, allowing for easy monitoring of timeslots and doors capacity.
  • An admin console for door owners to log timeslots, manage requests, and provide approvals.
  • Different access levels for clients, hauliers, and suppliers to view booked timeslots and make requests.
  • An integrated system for transport plan upload and validation, ensuring compliant Customs declarations for inbound and outbound goods.

The Technologies

  • Angular 7 standalone framework with HTML5 & CSS3, Material Design UI, and NGRX store for front-end data management​
  • Java REST services (Spring)​
  • JBoss, Java V2 back-end logic​
  • PostgreSQL data base​

The Resources

  • 1 Developer (full stack)
  • 1 Project Manager​
  • 3 Business Users (UK, Spain, Russia)​​

The Results

  • Elimination of manual inefficiencies through the digital solution, ensuring smooth-running of factory supply logistics.
  • Enhanced resource management and site traffic monitoring capabilities, leading to improved on-site security and operational efficiency.
  • Simplified timeslot booking and approval processes, benefiting both clients and suppliers, with different approval processes accommodated based on regional requirements.
  • Integration of a system for transport plan upload and validation, allowing for the processing of compliant Customs declarations.
  • The application’s intuitive interface, resource management capabilities, and Customs compliance features have provided significant benefits to clients, hauliers, and suppliers, streamlining supply-chain logistics and ensuring efficient factory operations.