Supply chain management and transportation solutions were always in need of a reform. However, COVID-19 presented an urgent need to rethink the supply chain. Not only did COVID-19 create chaos in the healthcare sector but also in the logistics space. With countries going into lock-down and restrictions being put in place by various governments, a challenge manifested itself of moving goods between suppliers and consumers.
With the rapid spread of the virus and closing down of brick and mortar stores, the online demand for both essential and non essential items heightened. Countries across the globe were gripped with shortage of essential items such as personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizers, masks in addition to consumer goods.
With the shortage in production and challenges in distribution, many businesses started looking for ways to meet the demand in a fast and efficient manner. Businesses moved to a more technology oriented approach adopting innovative methods to create and cater to the demand.
Some of the new technologies such as GPS Tracking, Internet of Things (IOT), Narrow Band IOT (NB-IOT) enabled businesses to be connected with their supply network with end-to-end visibility thereby meeting their current needs and challenges. In particular, GPS based tracking of vehicles and assets proved to be an effective tool to support this digital movement in supply chain. YodiYil has been at the forefront throughout the COVID-19 pandemic supporting businesses in tracking their vehicles and assets on the move.