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Philippines telco launches software suite for enterprise logistics

Steve Rogerson
October 7, 2015
 
Philippines wireless service provider Smart Enterprise has launched a business-to-business (B2B) suite of software and hardware to cater to the needs of the transportation, logistics and distribution industries.
 
Called Smart Logistics Solutions, the product suite aims to encourage SMEs to move towards a mobile and digital vision for their businesses. Smart Enterprise is the enterprise arm of Smart Communications, the mobile phone and internet services subsidiary of telco Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT).
 
“To stay ahead in today’s competitive business landscape, it is crucial for companies to provide speed and accuracy in delivering their services,” said Eric Alberto, president and CEO of PLDT. “Through Smart Logistics Solutions, we will empower transport companies to enable prompt service, accurate tracking of assets and access data by automating their business.”
 
The suite should let SMEs say goodbye to manual monitoring of assets, paper-based data gathering and traditional reports. The suite consists of mobile applications designed to reduce cost of business operations, improve monitoring efficiency and increase customer satisfaction for SMEs.
 
Specifically, it provides SMEs with mobile applications such as an asset tracker, fleet management and e-ticketing system for transportation. For logistics, the asset tracker can check vehicles and personnel, as well as provide proof of delivery.
 
The smart tracker app uses the GPS tracking system to enable users to monitor their vehicle or field force personnel’s location in real time. This should help businesses increase operational efficiency and ensure asset security.
 
A smart e-ticketing system handles scheduling and fares for transport companies. It manages and monitors admissions and retail from the head office while tracking sales in real time.
 
The smart fleet cloud-based system is designed to help businesses perform vehicle management including maintenance, dispatching and cashiering, driver data and reports.
 
And the smart form system is a digital way of tracking goods’ shipment that leverages mobile technology and replaces the pen-and-paper system.
 
“Speed and accuracy in delivering services give SMEs the edge in today’s fast paced and technology driven business landscape,” said Kat Luna-Abelarde, PLDT SME business head. “With Smart Logistics Solutions, it does not have to be a strain on the overhead expenses nor does it have to be complex. To thrive in today’s digitally changing times, SMEs need to be able to harness technology to their advantage, and that’s our mission.”