Leopard Systems on fleet management, mobile computing, real time data analytics

Leopard Systems’ Alex Koumaras recently sat down with Andrew Sill from Zebra Technologies to talk considerations for mobile fleets in this digital age. 

 

Video transcript

Andrew:

I’m here with Alex Koumaras from Leopard Systems and we’re taking a closer look at what we
need to consider in this new digital age when it comes to mobile computing. Alex thanks for
joining me.

Alex Koumaras:       

Thanks for having me, Andrew.

Andrew: 

That was the question Alex. What do we need to be considering?

Alex Koumaras:

Well, really, it’s about real-time data these days. That’s what we’re finding. So everything that
allows for the data that’s captured out in the field to be instantly up in the cloud, and to be
available for the business to analyse, is what it’s all about. And ultimately customer service is
what we’re all here for.

Andrew:

So what about machine-to-machine connectivity and the need to capture data and analyse data
and share data?

Alex Koumaras:

Yeah, absolutely. So some elements of data capture are user-driven and others are literally
captured automatically by the machines, out in the field. And that’s what we’re
experiencing at the moment, like an influx of data that’s being captured ongoing and synced up
into the cloud.

Andrew:

So let’s just focus on the work connectivity. What does that mean when we look at mobile
computing?

Alex Koumaras: 

Look, it’s to utilise whatever connections are possible within the device that you’ve selected. So
everything from cellular to WiFi, to Bluetooth, near field communication; being able to send that
information that you’ve either captured or are processing back to head office and then straight
back again, with an update or some other kind of workflow change that you require.

Andrew: 

When it comes to mobile computing devices nowadays, and taking into consideration the new
era that we’re in, what should businesses be looking for, from a functionality perspective?

Alex Koumaras:  

Look, categorically, they should be looking for something that doesn’t limit them in the future. So
when you think about the lifespan of these implementations, three to five years, I think you need
to have all of the options; cellular coms, WiFi, near-field communications, Bluetooth. These will
enable you to not only address your immediate needs, but also the future ones.

Andrew:

You have deployed thousands of mobile devices out there in the marketplace. What are the
general benefits that your customers are experiencing?

Alex Koumaras:  

Look, one of the major ones, it’s effectively an area that they don’t have to worry about all of a
sudden. So what we’re doing is taking the guesswork out of such a large fleet that can range into
the tens of thousands sometimes. So knowing full well that you’ve got a common image across
all of those (devices) and a version of hardware and whatever else, is definitely something that
customers benefit from and are able to actually see out a three to five year period.

Andrew: 

Tell me a bit about Leopard Systems.

Alex Koumaras:

We’re an enterprise mobility solution provider servicing the transport logistics, retail
and field service industries.

Andrew: 

Well, thanks Alex. You can find out more about Leopard Systems. Just visit them online at
www.leopardsystems.com.au. Thanks Alex.

Alex Koumaras:   

Thank you.

 

If you would like learn more about best practice enterprise mobility solutions for the transport and logistics industry, download our Transport Strategy Kit.

New Merchandising And Consignment Capabilities For Leopard Delivery Cloud

Leopard Systems are pleased to announce new development updates to their well-established enterprise mobility solution, Leopard Delivery Cloud.

These Leopard Delivery Cloud updates offer, not only couriers and delivery drivers, but all consignment-based distribution networks, much greater flexibility and superior task management.

 1. MERCHANDISING

First, and most relevant to wholesalers and retailers, is the integration of a cutting-edge merchandising subsystem.

In short, Leopard Delivery Cloud will now enhance and streamline activities related to selling on consignment, for both the consignor and consignee. These include:

  • Managing and recording stock orders and stock replenishment, at retail outlets and warehouses
  • Monitoring retail stock changes for seasonal trend adjustments and sales tracking at individual outlets
  • Stock scanning in stores for automatic stocktake and stock reconciliation
  • Adjusting merchandising workflows with useful custom prompts and task checks

In addition to the current Leopard Delivery Cloud’s proof of delivery, proof of pick-up, smart routing, delivery tracking and control centre features – you’ll now be able to;

  1. Restock products on store shelves in real time, on the spot; no pre-ordering and waiting for stock to be delivered, thus resulting in more sales.
  2. Offer dynamic vending services; supply more or new products to retailers when you deliver their regular consignment based on current and changing stock levels in their specific store or customer demands, thus saving time and money.
  3. Collect data at each retail store for future ordering and stock management; send valuable information back to your supply chain operators or modify the product order for the next warehouse pick-up, on the spot.

Without Leopard Delivery Cloud for merchandising, you could be wasting valuable time and losing business.

Without knowing the type and amount of stock selling (or not selling) from consignee outlets, and/or not having real-time details of stock locations in your supply chain, you’re essentially ‘in the dark’ about what is where. Being slow to supply, replenish, modify and retail stock, will result in poor performance compared to wholesalers and retailers who have a robust system for mobilising their merchandising and consignment tasks.

The new Leopard Delivery Cloud merchandising system accurately records product and delivery information, and stock locations, which enables distribution networks to monitor, adjust and control thousands to millions of products delivered to thousands of retail outlets every day.

Plus, the system can now be configured to perform price calculations with discount codes for diverse clients (e.g. based on consignee volumes) or other similar actions, all while integrating with your business software and enterprise resource planning systems such as SAP, JD Edwards, Pronto, JDA or a simple spreadsheet.

With this innovative tool, your delivery person becomes your salesperson during each store interaction, making back and forth ordering, and the inherent delays, a thing of the past.

BETTER MERCHANDISING

Let’s say… you sell bread on consignment to multiple supermarkets. Your delivery van visits a supermarket to replenish the loaves sold. Traditionally, your driver would drop off a fixed standing order of bread and pick up the unsold loaves.

Now, with the new merchandising features of Leopard Delivery Cloud prompting future order information, your driver can modify that supermarket’s standing order from 300 loaves to 400 loaves, because the supermarket sold out of loaves early last week.

Instead of the supermarket waiting for your salesperson to visit and write up a new order, your delivery driver can proactively and promptly adjust the order to increase sales for the bread consignor and consignee.

The power of merchandising with Leopard Delivery Cloud is knowing what’s on the shelves, what’s selling, how fast, then adjusting in near real time to meet customer demand. Which means less waste of perishable products, in this example, and more sales.

Deployed on BYO devices and smartphones, thus reducing the need for internal computing infrastructure, there are enormous CAPEX savings enabled by Leopard Delivery Cloud. Contractors on your delivery and merchandising team using either iOS or Android devices, are happier using a device they’re familiar with, which leads to a more efficient and productive performance.

Completely managed and supported by Leopard Systems, Leopard Delivery Cloud offers a revolutionary OPEX model that allows your fleet user base to expand or contract, and you only pay for the current users of Leopard Delivery Cloud. Scaling up or down in cycles as your market demands is advantageous and extremely cost effective.

 2. TAILORED REPORTS

The next Leopard Delivery Cloud software update includes an enhanced reporting subsystem.

You’ll now enjoy greater flexibility to create your own reports from the web portal Control Centre responsible for collecting and compiling all your delivery jobs and runs. You’ll be able to easily edit how the report is laid out and select what data is complied, plus make changes to your reports within a new user interface.

In short, the update will allow Leopard Delivery Cloud users to make better use of their data. For example, smaller operators who don’t have an integrated business reporting system, can now independently access and analyse their data to improve business outcomes.

Leopard Delivery Cloud is now set to raise the bar on intelligent selling-on-consignment, by harnessing the predictive power of your delivery data for maximum efficiencies.

Leopard Delivery Cloud is now set to raise the bar on intelligent selling-on-consignment, by harnessing the predictive power of your delivery data for maximum efficiencies.

3. FRESH USER INTERFACE

Lastly, the user interface (UI) of Leopard Delivery Cloud has received a complete revamp. As mobile devices and operating systems advance at a rapid pace, the UI of this mobility solution is continuing to evolve with a fresh modern look, upgraded functionality and improved usability.

Now’s the time to leap ahead of your competition. Using Leopard Delivery Cloud technology to anticipate end-consumer needs, collaborate with retail outlets, plus proactively manage stock in both supply chain and stores, will create win-win relationships between consignors and consignees, resulting in lower costs (on staff, non-sellable stock and inventory) and a faster time to market.

Leopard Delivery Cloud is a rapid solution for your merchandising and consignment needs. Offered as a monthly subscription – ranging from Starter to Advanced accounts – plus, you’ll enjoy the ease of cloud-based data management with no restrictive license fees because there’s no major IT infrastructure investment.