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Logistics involves the process of purchasing and distributing raw materials, packaging, and transportation of products or services from one location to another where they are needed. The efficient coordination of resources for the timely delivery of products determines the success or failure of a business. With the rise of e-commerce (buying and selling of goods and services online), the logistics industry has since the last decade been on the rise globally. Online traders require logistics companies to package and deliver products and services as fast as possible. In businesses, a network that involves producers, vendors, warehouse workers, transportation companies, distributors, and retailers is required. This network between a production company and the suppliers of the product is referred to as a supply chain. In this supply chain, functions including product development, marketing, distribution, finance, and customer service are carried out. For the proper functioning of this network, the management of the flow of products or services from producer to consumer, which is referred to as the supply chain management is expedient. The management of the network involved in this process will result in the reduction of cost and a rapid production cycle.
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With the people and utilities involved in the production and distribution process coupled with the rise in technological innovations, the logistics industry is left with no choice but to embrace a revolution. Fintech, otherwise known as financial technology is another fast-rising business whose function is to use modern technology to provide automated financial services with software such as mobile payment applications, online banking, and cryptocurrency. The major aim of the business which began to thrive in the1990s, alongside the rise of the internet and e-commerce is to sideline the traditional methods of finance and provide customers with better service. Financial technology is finding its way into several industries, including the logistics industry which is of great economic importance. By working with start-ups, the logistics industry can improve its service to customers.
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With fintech in the logistics industry, supply-chain finance can be effectively managed, especially in the area of rapid cash flow within the network. Early payment to suppliers as a result of optimized cash flow in business is possible through modern technology. Traditional logistics business owners may find this difficult to achieve. Transparency which is a major problem in the logistics industry can be rectified through the services of financial technology. With invoice management services rendered by start-ups, the issue of missing bills and receipts is solved. Digitized payments and the automation of bill production and receipt acknowledgement make the record transparent. The use of blockchain technology is also advantageous in the logistics industry as it provides everyone in a supply chain with the same information, thereby reducing the risk of communication or data transfer error. With this in place, more time can be spent on goods and services delivery and less on data validation, resulting in increased efficiency. With the rise of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, warehouse automation, autonomous vehicles, and smart roads, among others, the entire process involved in logistics will soon be done with little human effort. Conclusively, fintech in logistics will help provide efficient financial solutions, finance management, and extensively, improved business processes. Featured Image Source: Global Trade Review
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