6 Great App Ideas For Transportation Companies
Many transportation companies are already getting on board with enterprise mobility (pun not intended!) encouraged by the many opportunities apps offer in productivity increases and return on investment.
For example companies such as The Green House are empowering their drivers to make daily checks using an app, so that they don’t have to worry about carrying around the right paperwork or misplacing completed forms. This also significantly reduces the amount of time they need to carry out tasks, as it allows them to submit data directly via the app instead of having to later transfer it from paper to digital format.
So how can transportation companies take advantage of the power of enterprise apps to increase productivity among their workforce and to make daily processes more efficient?
In this article we offer some ideas of the kinds of apps that could help you.
Some ideas of transport apps
1. Support app
Because of the many regulations and security measures transportation companies normally have to abide to, it is important that employees are able to easily access and consult this information.
However, digital solutions such as the Intranet, where management can ensure documents are updated, come with their share of problems. The Intranet is notoriously difficult to access, particularly from remote locations and mobile devices, so a workforce as mobile as that of the transportation industry will normally find it excessively inconvenient and time-consuming to access it.
An app can solve these issues by allowing employees to easily access any manual or document directly from their mobile device no matter where they are. This could range from reference and how-to guides to handbooks of regulations and health & safety documents. Some employees may also find it useful to access diagrams of their relevant vehicles in order to visually check for any problems or to find out what parts they need.
Being able to access these documents on their devices can allow employees to self-assist whenever they need to, speeding up support and minimising calls to technical and operation centers, which can save time and costs.
2. Recording app
Many employees in the transportation industry need to carry out daily checks on vehicles, such as tyre pressure and safety checks. In most companies this is currently done by requiring employees to complete paper-based forms with the details to later be transferred onto a central database once back at the office.
An app can make this process far more efficient by allowing employees to input data onto the app and to directly log it in the central database. This can also reduce the risk of human error that the double-handling of data can pose, as well as eliminating the risk of misplacing forms altogether.
A recording app could also be used as a checklist for procedural purposes. For example, employees could simply tick the app directly as they carry out a procedure to confirm that they have followed all the necessary steps.
3. Reporting app
No one likes reading reports, but thankfully an app can help you overcome this challenge by allowing you to create reports that are actually engaging and thereby promote your achievements better.
Apps can do this by allowing you to include a variety of media in the report, from interactive graphs and timelines to photos and video. Apps also allow managers to access reports at anytime and in their own convenience and to engage with them in an interactive way. For example, you could design the report in a way that the home screen includes only the basic information, while tapping on each section allows managers to find out more about that particular section.
An app could also be used to report on other kinds of issues such as delays, incidents or health & safety issues. These can be reported on more efficiently by enabling the inclusion of supporting information such as photos or video. An app also allows them to be reported on in real time directly from employees’ mobile devices, which means that employees can ensure issues are logged in as much detail as possible while still fresh in their memory.
4. Disaster recovery app
Any company can benefit from a disaster recovery app, but these are particularly essential to transportation companies as they are likely to come across emergency situations much more regularly.
For example, motorway accidents could significantly slow down deliveries, requiring companies to take special measures in order to notify their customers of such unexpected delays.
A disaster recovery app consists mainly of three parts:
- Directory. A directory feature containing the contact details of all relevant employees can allow users to easily find out who they need to get in touch with in the event of an emergency and to directly tap on their details in order to contact them.
- Emergency and Health & Safety regulations. A disaster recovery app is also a great place to include all emergency and health regulations for employees to consult and to ensure that they are responding to emergencies in ways that are compliant.
- Emergency response plans. Finally, particularly in complex emergency situations, having access to emergency response plans that employees can simply follow can make a significant difference in response appropriateness.
5. Scheduling app
Because of the complex and frequently changing schedules of employees of transportation companies, logging work hours is often challenging.
A scheduling app can help here by ensuring that employees always have access to updated schedules and that they can easily log their work hours on a mobile device using a time logging feature.
The app could also be used for all other scheduling purposes, such as requesting vacations or logging sick days.
6. Training app
When it comes to training, an app can make learning easier for employees by delivering training to them in a much more engaging and interactive way. An app also enables employees to complete training in their own time, which is likely to be when they are at their most receptive.
Apps make training more engaging by their ability to include a variety of media, such as video and interactive graphs. These can make for a much more stimulating learning process.
But where training apps really excel is in their ability to include “gamification” elements such as quiz functions and point assignation. These can provide additional incentives for employees to increase their knowledge and perform better, while rewarding them when they do complete training.
You could even go as far as including a leaderboard with the top performers to encourage healthy competition among your workforce.
Delivering training via an app is a great way to make learning more interesting and efficient for employees, while saving money and time that would have been spent in unnecessary after-hour sessions.
The transportation sector is an industry that can truly benefit from the use of enterprise apps, particularly because of its inherent mobile nature.
In this article we outlined the main types of apps that we believe would be most useful to companies in this sector. Have you come across any other interesting enterprise apps in the transportation industry? Please let us know in the comments below.