The mobility solutions tendered by mobile applications have transformed the way of doing businesses across the world by providing remarkable flexibility and portability to the businesses. The logistic providers are taking the advantage of mobile apps for tracking shipments, inventory, acquisition transactions, reordering process and real-time collaboration with the supplier. Even it helps them to know more about their customers and what are the current demands of the market. If you are also planning to an embedded mobile app in your transportation business then you should first consider your goal and development costs. Mobile app development is a multi-stage process and it requires quality specialization and deep market research so your business could enjoy a gravy of profit.
Let’s discuss some facts and figures related to the logistics industry so that your idea of making an app becomes more clear.
“To serve customers efficiently, multinational and domestic firms provide tailored logistics and transportation solutions to ensure coordinated goods movement from origin to end user through various supply chain network segments. The United States is among the leading logistics markets based on the Logistics Performance Index.
The logistics industry in the United States is a highly integrated supply chain network that links producers and consumers through multiple transportation modes, including air and express delivery services, freight rail, maritime transport, and truck transport. The leading logistics companies in the U.S. include: XPO Logistics Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport Services, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, DHL Supply Chain and C.H. Robinson”.
Features for logistic mobile app
For any app, features are one of the big drivers of cost, whether it’s a small button on a screen or much more complex functionality always comes with money and you can’t compromise on it as it helps to attract the attention of users. Here are some essential features that are necessary for a good logistic mobile application to have:
- Sign up/ Sign in page
- User profile
- Customer history
- Location tracking
- Schedule and manage bookings
- Billing and Payment
- Shipment tracking
- Automated receipt
- Estimate fare charges
- Vehicle selection
Logistic mobile app development cost
Selecting best platform for an app is not an easy task, it’s crucial to assess platforms on their ability to meet both your business and technical requirements. These evaluations should also account your current and future mobile application development requirements. For a comprehensive comparison, Let’s discuss the cost of developing a logistics app on these two platforms more seemingly.
For Android apps, the cost ranges as follows:
|App Type||Estimated Cost|
|Elementary apps||$25,000 to $35,000|
|Standard apps||$45,000 to $55,000|
|Complex apps||$55,000 to $100,000|
|High-tech apps||$75,000 to $150,000|
For iOS apps, the cost ranges as follows:
|App Type||Estimated Cost|
|Simple, table-based apps||$1,000 to $4,000|
|Database apps||$8,000 to $50,000|
|Games||$10,000 to $250,000|
Designing is an essential component which helps us to gain the attention of users, it includes both the backend and frontend development phase, and also involves customization of user experience, caching of data, data integration, UI design, synchronization of data, and various schedules for testing. Look at the below table, it will give you aerial perspective to estimate the designing cost for your app:
|No. of developers||Hours|
|Mid Size App||1-2 developers||90 hours|
|Large App||4 – 5 developers||370 hours|
Functionality gives your idea a more tangible shape and allows your app to be popular among users. It provides utility or values to users in the form of entertainment, a solution to a problem or enhanced efficiency for tasks that are performed often but at the same time it increased the cost of app so you should be alert while choosing functionalities for your app so that it can justify the expense of creating and maintaining it.
Though there are many functionalities that you can add to your app but following are the essential and time taking functionalities that play an important role in estimating the cost of logistic mobile app.
|Admin panel||Up to 30 hrs|
|Booking delivery||Up to 32 hrs|
|Delivery status||Up to 40 hrs|
|Push notification||Up to 48 hrs|
|Payment gateway||Up to 50 hrs|
Latest technologies/tools that can help you to integrate above-mentioned features in your logistic app:
- You can use Twilio, Push.io, Nexmo for push notification and Phone Verification
- Braintree & PayPal, Stripe, E-Wallets for Payments
- For database integration, use MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra, Postgress, and Mail Chimp
- For cloud environment, you can use AWS, Google, and Azure
- For real-time analytics, you can use Hadoop, Spark, BigData, Apache Flink, Cisco, IBM
The cost of logistics mobile apps continue to vary in the marketplace, that’s why it is not easy to estimate the exact cost the app. With the help of this article, we are trying to give you a rough idea of its cost. A mobile app is a great way to reshape your business by gaining more emolument and better brand recognition. But it requires an investment and timing so don’t rush through the development stages as the cost of building the mobile app will hardly matter in the long run if it takes off and gains a large market of users.