Expolanka’s IT launches innovative transportation mobile app for Expo Freight transport

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Expolanka IT recently released the android application for Expo Freight Ltd. (EFL) transport to the Expolanka application portfolio in a bid to further serve customers who use the EFL transport facility. This is the third such android app released by Expolanka IT.

While the transport management EFL portal is given to EFL customers to make transport requests online, this transport app is an integrated solution to the existing Transport Management System (TMS).

Asitha Kaggoda, Head of IT Expolanka Holdings PLC, said: “This initiative will take transportation to new heights setting international standards. The main objective of this android app is to conveniently view the transport requests submitted through the TMS portal on the mobile phone and enables the customer to approve these transport requests. This approval option is included ideally for users who reside in a central location and monitor the transport requests submitted by the scattered factory or branch locations. Moreover the user has the option to search the transport requests and track the status in real time without any incremental cost. This platform is supported by GPS/GEO fencing with the partnership of Dialog using world class technology.”

Wasantha Sooriyarachchi, Director – Warehousing (EFL) said: “In line with EFL’s customer centric approach we are happy to have been the first to develop our own App enabling our customers to further access their transport schedules  and check rates while on the move using their mobile phone. This will no doubt assist customers in making fast decisions and being informed about transport schedules 24x7.”

Some of Expolanka Group IT’s past successes include the Expo Rail Online Booking Engine, the Cargotrack Mobile App, the Tea Auctioning System and the Transport Management System (TMS).

Expo Rail Online Booking Engine: The Expo Rail online ticket reservation system (developed in-house) comprises a step-by-step guided, user-friendly booking engine. It also provides functionalities for the cabin crew (printing boarding pass, manifest) and rail station counter operations (issuing tickets), back office automations etc.  

Cargotrack Mobile App: The beta version of mobile application for cargo tracking was also developed in-house and is fully integrated with in-house built freight forwarding application named as Cargodrive, which is an enterprise J2EE application.

The Tea Auctioning System: An application developed and released in November 2012 for Expolanka Teas Ltd., one of the leading exporters of pure Ceylon tea. This application has the feature of uploading tea brokers’ catalogues of any format and type, planning the purchases for a given tea auction and real time update facility on the purchase information during the auction. The most attractive feature is the dashboard which shows the live progress of the tea auction to the management.

Transport Management System (TMS): An application developed to cater to the Expolanka Warehouses based transport process. This application has evolved and matured over time and provides features such as vehicle fleet master data, online booking facility, vehicle planning, job performance, costing, MIS reporting and integrated GPS facility. This too has integration to other applications for information interchange.  

Expolanka Group IT consists of 26 versatile, passionate and energetic young IT professionals, all of whom are graduates and professionally qualified personnel in their respective spheres. This core team supports 35+ business entities across the group. The team comprises experts in areas such as systems engineering, software engineering, support services (help desk), database administration, project management and IT governance.  

Expolanka Group IT had major achievements and improvement in terms of technology acquisition, infrastructure development and service delivery. These achievements were a result of the novel IT vision and the strategic framework devised to address today’s competing business requirements. The Group IT aspiration is to be the Information Technology service enabler and the strategic partner for the company’s corporate vision by delivering state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and business-aligned service portfolio.