The goRoam Lubricants distribution software for iOS app for lubricants delivery has all the capabilities of our Android app for bulk and packaged lubes distribution, including barcode scanning, electronic signature capture, wireless dispatch and LCR-II meter integration.
Lubricants distributors are looking to iOS for a few reasons. One of the top 3 lubes manufacturers released a contamination app that only runs on iOS. In addition, many distributors are providing drivers with company iPhones for phone, email and texting.
Whether you use the iOS or the Android version of goRoam, it makes a statement on customer service when drivers do everything electronically and then hand the iPhone to the customer for their electronic signature, printed and emailed delivery receipt for Proof of Delivery (POD).
Key capabilities of the goRoam iOS app include:
- Barcode scanning of tanks to confirm the product compatibility, which eliminates the chance of contamination or cross-fills.
- Wireless dispatch – drivers get and send realtime updates on orders, loads, GPS, inventory, etc.
- Electronic dispatch and integration with route optimization services like Ortec’s ORD and OIR
- Electronic signature capture – customers sign the iOS device
- Realtime inventory tracking of the truck and/or trailer
- Workflow specific to bulk and package product delivery.
- Bulk delivery with LCR-II meter integration or mechanical mode without meter control, but still using barcode scanning and validation
- Mobile iOS receipt printing to 4″ thermal printers like the Zebra ZQ520 or QL Series
- Mapping and directions (including real time traffic) using the native mapping app. On iOS, we use Apple Maps. On Android, goRoam uses Google Maps.
- Store and forward, so the app keeps working even if you are out of wifi or cellular range
- Super fast and easy to use. Quick driver learning curve.
In addition to the features listed above, our Q3 2018 release will include:
- Commercial truck routes with restrictions for height, length, max weight, weight per axle and HazMat (e.g. explosives, flammable, inhalants, caustic).
- 2-way driver messaging. Driver chat with dispatchers.
The Lubricants distribution software for iOS app has all the features of our Android app.
If you are trying to decide whether to use iOS or Android, you should consider the following factors:
- Our Android device has wifi tuning specific to truck hotspots and metered delivery. We’ve worked with our device manufacturer to configure the device to not roam or search for different AP’s (Access Points), change the wifi drop threshold, reduce the channel search and times to aggressively reconnect to the truck network, manage the power settings to maintain high connectivity, etc. iOS devices do NOT support changing fine grained wifi setting like you may use in a warehouse or industrial setting.
- Android has a built-in barcode scanner. If you scan a lot of assets (tanks, vehicles, equipment), the built-in barcode scanner is easier to use because we have a pistol grip that helps aim the scanner.
- Android has a higher degree of ruggedness – designed to work in harsh conditions like rain or snow.
- iOS is a great solution for lubricants distribution where you don’t scan a lot of assets. You may only scan 3-4 tanks per delivery with lubricants where with fleet fueling (wet hosing), you may scan 100 assets per customer.
- iOS is great if you want to support manufacturer’s iOS apps for cross-filling or contamination tracking, and they only run on iOS.
- iOS is great if you have a mixed fleet and want to do lubricants distribution software with iOS and fuels distribution with Android.