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Specialist vs. all-in-one: Comparing construction logistics software

Ever been in a meeting that could have been an email? Or one where you spend the entire time wondering what this has to do with you?

That's what some construction software can feel like for logistics crews. 

It's why specialist construction logistics software was designed and why all-in-one software platform attempts to replicate this just haven't worked. Logistics is a unique process that calls for its own technology.

But which one do you go for - the more comprehensive specialist option or the generic all-in-one? It's not something you want to leave up to chance, only to find halfway through the project you got it wrong and nobody is using it. So, we're doing a little comparison.

More and more construction professionals are choosing to bring in specialist construction logistics software for their projects, but can an all-in-one still suffice?

First off - what's the difference?

Logistics is critical to the successful delivery of a construction project. The bigger the project, the more complex it becomes, and the more people involved - supervisors, warehouse managers, and drivers (just to name a few).  

Specialist construction logistics software was born because of the unique requirements of logistics (booking materials and deliveries, organising labour, scheduling equipment) and the need for it to be accessible to the right people. It's used to ensure things run as productively, safely and cost-efficiently as possible. 

All-in-one software is built with the entire project and every team in mind, which is nice in theory, but in practice, it means their attention is diluted across everyone, and nobody gets exactly what they want..

Both specialist and all-one options cater to logistics teams, but they deliver a different experience and suit different types of projects.

Size (and complexity) matters

Ask most people in the industry, and they'll say all-in-one can't deliver what logistics teams need to get their job done well. But that's not always true.

For smaller projects, an all-in-one software can work just fine. When it makes sense for everyone to be in the same room for a meeting, it makes sense for everyone to use the same platform.

If the team looking after the logistics isn't too big and the project is not too complex, it might not be worth investing in a separate platform. When there are fewer moving parts, you can get by on an all-in-one that offers more general features.

When projects start to get bigger, so do the logistics challenges. More deliveries, more materials, more labour, more equipment. All-in-one software can start to get hard to navigate.

Have you ever been to a restaurant where there are way too many options on the menu? It can be overwhelming and confusing. It also gives you the sense that they don't specialise in anything - a jack of all trades is often a master of none.

All-in-one platforms that choose to retrofit free add-ons for specialist areas like logistics can easily end up like a 20-page menu. There are so many functions and features that finding what you need becomes almost impossible. 

People don't use it properly - or don't use it at all. That's where specialist construction logistics software comes into play.

Mindfulness for logistics 

Specialist construction logistics software is like meditation for construction projects. It cuts out the noise and allows you to focus on what's in front of you.

By concentrating on just logistics, specialist platforms provide a range of benefits that all-in-one can't always offer, including:

      ●        Dedicated access to only those who need to use it

      ●        A single source of truth and a single communication channel for everyone involved in the logistics process

      ●        Completely tailored to logistics workflows and the way teams work

      ●        High-quality user experience

      ●        Mobile access via apps

Avoid software regret

There are a lot of platforms out there that say they can meet your logistics needs, but not all of them will work for your specific project. It's vital to look at the size, complexity and challenges of your project and your team before making a call on your software.

All-in-one is best suited for:

      ●         Smaller projects

      ●         Smaller teams

      ●         Restricted budgets

Specialist is best suited for:

      ●         Medium-Larger projects

      ●         Reliance on  numerous suppliers and teams

      ●         Complex logistics  workflows

Still not sure which option to go for? It's worth exploring specialist construction logistics software to see if it meets your requirements, fits into your budget or will deliver ROI across your project.

Veyor's logistics platform has been used for all kinds of projects - from smaller five-story apartment builds to high-rise towers and infrastructure projects worth billions of dollars. It's designed to make communication, bookings, compliance and planning easier and more efficient. Not to mention cut project times, reduce the chance of budget blowouts, and eliminate site managers' headaches.

To learn more about Veyor's construction logistics software, you can book a free demo here.