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How To Use Chatbots For Logistics And Transportation: New Opportunities and Benefits

Conversational Artificial Intelligence is shaping the future of Logistics Interactions. With Chatbots and multi-channels integrations, businesses can meet their customer’s expectations by resorting to a new and improved way of interaction. Therefore, more businesses in Logistics are adopting Logistics Chatbots and leaving traditional transactions behind in the dustbin. This increases efficiency across the entire logistics value chain.

Let’s see how chatbots help to improve business and customer engagement in these industries – logistics and transportation. 

 

REAL-TIME ORDER TRACKING

In logistics, the confidence of order visibility and its status is important in customer service. Bots avoid the long offline queue and provide real-time tracking of the order. Instead of offline walking to places, the customer can simply use the messenger and ask the chatbot, “Can you share the shipment status now?”

FAQ

Mostly each logistic and transportation application have the FAQ with providing automated answers on the common questions. It’s a good opportunity to reload the workflow of call centers and let them concentrate on non-routine and more important tasks. 

SHIPPING CONDITIONS

Besides FAQs, the end-client gets the opportunity to prepare the things he wants to transport or get according to the internal rules of the logistics company. This avoids situations where the clients get uncomfortable conditions for transportation in delivery offices.

ASSIGNING TASKS

When the chatbot gets a request to make the transportation, or the user has already registered a shipment, it assigns further actions to the appropriate staff. Also, the chatbot informs the end-client about this request status. Moreover, the chatbot is able to complete the simple and routine tasks by itself.

BOOK DELIVERY

The chatbot helps to book the place for shipment, time and tracking map online. Users provide all information regarding items he wants to transport, make payments online and the courier just takes the pack without filling any papers.

FEEDBACK & COMPLAINTS

Create the possibility to leave feedback, or send a request to improve the product or service. We recommend making a chatbot for accepting the issue and showing its status. When the client feels that sweet calling, he’ll come back to you.

AMEND AN ORDER

The end-customer can change the delivery via messenger, just by putting in the tracking number. Chatbot helps to review the conditions and provide status. 

As a personal assistant and corporate helper, the chatbot provides a quick service and is always ready to supply the necessary information and conduct simple tasks. Contact us and let the virtual assistant complete a portion of routine work and make your internal staff and clients happy.

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Chatbot for Increasing Sales in Messengers

The solution was designed for ordering and delivery food with embed online payment 24/7. Chatbot combines great UI and high-speed processing in serving clients.
          Financial Benefit:

More sales conversion without any extra costs

Lowering live support costs 

Increased conversion rate per conversation

Decreased cost per conversation

Increasing of loyalty audience

Increasing the number of sales

 

          Goals:

Involving active users of messengers to shopping

Decreasing of bounce rate

Building a permanent client base for easy communication

Decreasing costs for lead generation

Increasing sales funnel

Making an order in a few clicks

 

          Features:

Embed goods search

Shopping cart

Instant order processing

Cross-sale via relevant offers

 

          Technologies:

Botkit – an open source development tool for building a chatbot, apps and custom integrations for major messaging platforms. 

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Chatbot for Pre-Ordering and Online Payment

The Chatbot designed for quick service and coffee ordering without any cashier help. The solution also has embedded online payment for best coffee lovers` convenience.
          Financial Benefit:

Increasing sales in messenger

Visa Online payment  

Decreasing cost per engagement with the client

Decreasing costs for internal staff

Increasing more traffic to the Telegram channel

Aforementioned benefits increased loyalty and cross-selling

 

          Goals:

Avoiding queues to the cashier by the online coffee ordering

Reducing cash payments

Reload of internal staff’s workflow

Creating a comprehensive guide for ordering the right coffee and avoiding communication misunderstandings

Quick start. Receiving first online order in 15 minutes after the connection

 

          Features:

Visa Online payment

Online coffee ordering

Canceling and change options are available during the ordering

Notification regarding order status

A quick search of appropriate items via embedded search

Nearest store. With built-in Google Maps chatbot shows the list of stores and the one which is nearest to customer

Integration with delivery company database. The Chatbot makes an order and passes it to the delivery company.

 

          Technologies:

AWS Lambda is a computing service that runs code in response to events and automatically manages the computing resources required by that code.

AWS API Gateway is a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs at any scale. 

Amazon EC2 is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud.

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS).

Node-RED is a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways.

Node.js an open source server environment. 

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How Much Does It Cost To Build A Chatbot In 2019?

I used to be asked about it several times a week by clients who want to understand the business of chatbot creation. The price really depends on the effort required to build the bot, as we don’t sell pre-made chatbot templates.

Spoiler alert: it will take between $200 USD to $15k USD to build a single chatbot. If we’re building the chatbot platform, or self-made data science is required, the price could be even higher.

So, let’s take a look at the key drivers impacting the price for custom chatbot development.

  The first one is the channel in which the bot should function. I mean where the bot will actually do its work. Is it a website, SMS, some of the existing messaging platforms? The cheapest ones are FB, Telegram, Viber, Web and others when it’s possible to use the platform UI components to make rule-based conversations. There are even plenty of FREE FB chatbots templates. Here’s an example https://templates.botstar.com/. In reality, it will be required to customize such a template a little, so that’s why the minimum price for a chatbot is about 200 bucks.  More complexity comes when the bot for WhatsApp or SMS is required to be built. It means that there are no UI controls and additional effort will be required to train the bot and fix all possible flows of the conversation. Such bots are starting from around $1000 USD.

The next point that has to be considered is the complexity of the conversation. That relates to  a) the number of branches in the conversation tree as well as b) the number of questions that have to be addressed by the chatbot (in case of FAQ chatbot) and c) the need to support the unstructured dialog with the end user. Training the bot to support several hundred FAQs will require an additional thousand USD. Free based conversations will also add about 500 USD to the price list. While structured conversations will not impact the chatbot cost significantly. Some bots could have a specific task related to the use of Artificial Intelligence. We’ve had requests to understand dreams and automate confession. That’s a separate task which requires corresponding data sets and the training of machine learning models. It’s hard to estimate the price here, but that kind of bot will cost from $10k USD and more. On the other hand, the bot could be made more intelligent while enriching with sentiment analysis, which does not require being built from scratch and is available via API (that is an additional 500 for projects)

Bots are rarely working in isolation, so in most of cases, integration with back-end systems is required. Typically, chatbots are integrated with a CRM, ticketing, live agent solutions or some other business specific solution. You would need to account for $1k-2k USD for each such integration.

Bots are very language sensitive, everything is pretty much in English. It’s widely supported by all the vendors. It’s also fine with the major European languages such as French, German and Spanish. But what about others, and even non-European languages? That’s a more complicated story. If one of the trusted providers has the support of your language, then it makes sense to invest in custom bot development. Otherwise, I would not even recommend doing that if your bot requires any bit of an AI component.

 

I would also recommend that you look at my blogpost related to the total cost of ownership for a chatbot solution and the criteria for selecting a chatbot development provider.  

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6 Types for Chatbots: Know Which One Brings Value to Your Business

In 2019, chatbots have a variety of capabilities and more than just one type just might be suitable for you.

It’s good practice to define what is the role of your bot, measure the value and compare it with existing services before the chatbot launches in the business. If the chatbot could solve the issues, set up better customer engagement or improve internal communication. It’s the right decision to begin its development.

We identified 6 possible business roles for a chatbot, depending on which function they serve:

  • Sales
  • Lead generator
  • Interface
  • Informant
  • Helper
  • Psychologist

As mentioned above, each bot could take on several business roles, so we are using this classification just to create a common language and definitions of chatbot practitioners.

A chatbot increases sales and cross-selling

Sales Chatbot is responsible for increasing sales. It has several ways of functioning. The chatbot could choose the right service or good, create the invoice, make a payment (need to be connected to appropriate API), track orders, push notification about payment status, and conduct cross-selling. Sounds kind of like this chatbot could help to grow your biz, eh?

A chatbot generates leads for your CRM system

The main purpose of this chatbot is to gather together the target audience in one channel and convert them all into the clients. It could work in combination with an informant role, for example. How does the chatbot behave? The chatbots can provide the following services: make an appointment, creating a loyalty card (discounts, special offers, coupons, promo codes, and more).

On the vendor side, the chatbot gathers all the appropriate information useful for creating advertising campaigns or special offers. Also, the chatbot can maintain the communities with content to keep a particular audience interested in the services.

A chatbot acts as an interface for engagement with clients

Chatbot interface gives access to other system functions. It accepts and processes the information, integrates with the company services through the API and passes a long the collected information.

If needs be, the chatbot authorizes the user by itself. Following engagement with the website services, the chatbot distributes the processed results.

A chatbot informs the customer of the available services

Informant makes the data search quickly and easily. The Chatbot could aggregate information from different sources and conduct push notifications to the user about changes in the interested services. It’s one of the most attractive options for your business.

A chatbot helps the customer

The Informant makes a data search quick and easy. The Chatbot could aggregate information from different sources and conduct push notifications to the user about changes in the interested services.

A chatbot acts as a psychologist

A Psychologist chatbot’s main value is a conversation with the user. It recognizes the user’s mood, problem and offers methods (probably yours) to avoid the stress, suicide, offers appropriate specialist, and play as a lead generator – bringing a new client to a psychologist.

Experience shows,  the right chatbot is one of the main values you can offer your clients, making them satisfied, so you get a chance to make a quick profit.

 

If you have doubts as to choosing the right chatbot, check out its possibilities in a variety of industries (click button “I don’t know what kind of bot you need”).

If you want to have a full list of chatbot values, customized for your business, contact us and we will describe all the ways on how to bring value with a chatbot!

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