OBS Logistics has announced Android and Apple iOS versions of its popular, user-friendly electronic proof of delivery system, CALIDUS ePOD. The recently introduced CALIDUS eServ, proof of service system is also available on both smartphone platforms. The new development makes the powerful real-time delivery, collection and service tracking with signature, barcode, and photo capture functionality of ePOD and eServ available as free downloads simply by
visiting the Google Play Store or Apple iTunes.
Part of the CALIDUS suite of logistics software modules used by over
15,000 users worldwide, the new Android and iOS versions of ePOD and
eServ make it even easier and more cost-effective to deploy these
powerful mobile delivery and service solutions securely using standard
smartphones and tablet PCs, including iPads. Taking into consideration
the price of the mobile devices the new apps reduce the cost of
deploying ePOD and eServ in typical applications by 30% or more.
CALIDUS ePOD / eServ benefits include real-time job assignments and
debriefing, which makes it possible to bill sooner – sometimes on the
same day of the delivery – and it eliminates delivery disputes as it
provides a full electronic audit trail. Operationally, managers also
benefit from their drivers and service engineers adhering to routes and
schedules as the system provides full visibility of their mobile
workers. In addition, both systems integrate fully and easily with other
CALIDUS modules (for example, warehouse management, transport
management, supply chain tracking and web ordering) and with other
suppliers’ back office software.
Android and iOS are denting the market where various mobile versions of
Microsoft Windows have dominated for many years. This is particularly
true of the BRIC nations (Brazil, India, Russia and China), which are in
the top 10 growth countries for smart devices. Both operating systems
are seen as being more user-friendly and there is a wide range of
lower-cost hand-held devices to choose from to suit any need. In
addition, there is further opportunity to integrate and enhance the
functionality of the devices with apps that complement ePOD and eServ.
"Mobile technology convergence is making it much easier and more
cost-effective to deploy powerful logistics solutions on Android and iOS
platforms. We have seen a substantial increase in demand across our
target markets in EMEA and Asia Pacific over the past 12 months" says
Stephen McCartney, Sales Director, OBS Logistics.
"The ePOD and eServ apps are free downloads and we are implementing a
flexible priced usage scheme to suit any size of company, which makes
them an attractive proposition for automating delivery and service
operations. Our ePOD and eServ apps are just the beginning and the
market should expect to see our other CALIDUS modules available on
Android and iOS," he adds.