Locus: Getting tech smart, logistically
By Shruthi H M | Express News Service | Published: 17th April 2017 05:46 AM |
BENGALURU: Spearheading a technological revolution in the logistics industry, Bengaluru-based tech start-up Locus has added a new inter-city dimension to its services. The inter-city feature enables tech support to delivery businesses across the country.Till now, Locus was focusing on intra-city services and with the new launch, it has expanded its reach across the country. In simple terms, Locus brings in digital management to the delivery segment of any business,be it a grocery chain or a cement factory. Instead of having to manually figure out the size of the truck, the load per truck or route management for a delivery, Locus does it using digital technology.
Not only does it help businesses get a live mapping of trucks and easily figure out the most
efficient manner to deliver goods, it also helps them keep a tab on any deviations or delays in a route, paving way for increased productivity.The model is inspired from how ants optimise the process of food gathering. Hence the start-up has a diverse team, with PhDs in neurology to molecular biology, according to Nishith Rastogi, Founder and CEO, Locus.
Further, in a unique venture, Locus has added a 3D packaging feature. This generates efficient packing configurations for loading cargo into containers. It creates the best suited loading plan, with the heaviest products at the bottom and the lighter objects on top, while taking into account the fragility of the products.
Speaking to Express, he said, “Now we have started inter-city logistic support, catering to anything within the borders of India,” adding that while solidifying their reach within India, they were also expanding to South East Asia and the Middle East. This is the first time that a routing and a packing engine does an integrated output, he said referring to the new packaging feature.
At present, Locus has 25 clients out of which 5-10 are large enterprises. In general, fast-moving consumer goods formed a huge part of the business, he said.