Singapore’s First All-Encompassing App for Container Haulage Companies and Drivers
- Official launch event was attended by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, as Guest of Honour
- Launch of HCS complements Haulio’s current resource pooling platform, the Haulio Connectivity Platform (HCP), accelerating Haulio’s transformation into Singapore’s fastest-growing full-service marketplace and platform for the haulage community
- Signing of MOU between Haulio and Yang Kee Logistics saw the exclusive amalgamation of the Logistics Integrated Transport Ecosystem (LITE) with Haulio’s HCP
Singapore, 20 February 2019 – Local logistics-tech start-up Haulio unveiled the industry’s first mobile-focused app, the Haulio Connectivity System (HCS), that connects container haulage companies and drivers at their official launch on 20th February 2019. The launch event was graced by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, and supported by PSA International (PSA), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Workforce Singapore (WSG).
The launch of HCS complements Haulio’s existing resource pooling platform – the Haulio Community Platform (HCP), priming them to be Singapore’s fastest-growing centralised marketplace and mobile platform to facilitate resource sharing and digitize operations for container haulage players.
Haulio also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Yang Kee Logistics to exclusively collaborate on integrating Haulio’s resource pooling and matching platform, HCP, with the Logistics Integrated Transport Ecosystem (LITE). Both parties will also look at adopting Haulio’s mobile application, HCS, with LITE.
LITE is a S$1.8 million project led by Yang Kee Logistics and supported by Enterprise Singapore, to develop a cloud-based platform that will resolve traditional pain points and transform the logistics industry by connecting multiple stakeholders and intermediaries like hauliers, depot operators and freight forwarders. This will enable real-time information exchange and yield productive operations by digitizing manual processes to enhance supply chain visibility.
As strategic partners fueled by a common vision to improve the haulage industry, the integration of both Haulio’s and Yang Kee Logistics’ platforms will generate significant digital and operational synergies for the industry, and is expected to be rolled out industry-wide by end 2019. Both parties expect to see over 150,000 job transactions and 900 prime movers on their combined platforms in the next three years.
A New Digital Industry Standard: HCS is the Future of Haulage
In line with boosting automation and digitalisation in the supply chain sector, the theme of the event, ‘Digitalisation of the Haulage Industry’, reflects Haulio’s vision to pioneer a new technological standard across the container logistics sector and eradicate outdated manual processes currently prevalent in the haulage space.
Primarily, the app bridges hauliers, clients and drivers across a single interface for enhanced data standardisation, efficiency and collaboration. Hauliers are afforded greater visibility of drivers and trips, as well as reduced manual paperwork. Conversely, the improved overview also allows customers to track job progress and fulfilment more easily.
Drivers can access an overview of their performance, trip incentives and behaviour via their HCS dashboard, plus enjoy seamless communication with their controllers via mobile. The app syncs with PSA’s Port Messaging system for easier assignment and management of jobs, and a Digital Trip Form function that can archive and record data of drivers’ daily trips, thus eliminating manual entry and allowing faster reconciliation of jobs. HCS also assimilates with various Transport Management Systems (TMS) to seamlessly retrieve and push relevant data for existing users.
The app is currently available on Android and iOS, and has more than 20 haulier companies signed on as beta users.
Technological Transformation of a Traditional Industry: Bridging the Silver Digital Divide
With HCS, Haulio takes another step in driving the industry’s digital transformation, in line with Singapore’s march towards a Smart Nation, as well as PSA’s vision for greater supply chain efficiencies through the Internet of Logistics. With an outreach of more than 70% of the haulage industry, of which most are SMEs, Haulio is poised to accelerate digitization significantly for these industry players.
However as the world powers ahead with technological advancements, there is a perennial concern of rapid industry transformation elbowing out elderly workers that makes up a bulk of the industry. To help every man cross the silver digital divide, Haulio is committed to a comprehensive app onboarding process for users, so as to encourage drivers to navigate a digital future with confidence and empower haulage companies with basic technological enablers.
“Beyond adding convenience and productivity to hauliers’ current workflow, the introduction of HCS into the haulage ecosystem will allow older workers to upskill and keep abreast of technological advancements,” said Alvin Ea, CEO and co-founder of Haulio. “With HCS, we hope to drive the technological sophistication of this profession, and thus attract the younger generation to revitalize this aging industry.”