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A PROTOTYPE OF FAST PARCEL DELIVERY AND TRACKING SYSTEM

 

TITLE A PROTOTYPE OF FAST PARCEL DELIVERY AND TRACKING SYSTEM.
AUTHOR CHAREONCHAI MANEERATTANASAK
DEGREE MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAMME IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
FACULTY FACULTY OF SCIENCE
ADVISOR SUPACHAI TANGWONGSAN
CO-ADVISOR SUKANYA PHONGSUPHAP
 
ABSTRACT
This research work proposes a prototype of a Fast Parcel Delivery and Tracking System, which demonstrates the use of Information Technology (IT) in the parcel delivery business. With effective and efficient use of IT, this system will help courier companies to reduce operating costs, but gain greater accuracy, faster delivery cycles and reliability of parcel delivery service, and also provide value-added services such as in-route tracking in order to satisfy customer needs. Moreover, it will help companies to survive on the present highly competitive market. The system process of this prototype consists of six main parts: parcel registration process, parcel inbound process, parcel outbound process, parcel delivery process, proof of delivery process, and parcel tracking process. Parcel processing starts from the parcel registration process and finishes with the proof of delivery process. A barcode label will be attached to each parcel at the time it is registered, and it will be scanned at every stage of parcel handling. With the use of barcode technology at all levels of the shipment operation, the data entry error would be totally eliminated. Moreover, it will help us to track and trace the status of the parcel at anytime and anywhere. For the database management, we apply the concept of a distributed database system. This involves data replication, which is an important and critical technology for implementing the distributed database application. In this system, we have implemented data replication in two scenarios: data replication for outbound-inbound transactions and data replication for the shipment transaction log. The concept was then implemented as a prototype system by using Borland Delphi 4.0 as a developing tool and Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 as a database management system. In the experiment, we simulated a system with one superhub in Bangkok, and four hubs in Chiangmai, Songkhla, Khon Kaen and Rayong. Together, there were 400 customers, 800 recipients, and 5,200 transactions in our simulation. Based on the experimental result, the system prototype performed quite satisfactorily in terms of accuracy, completeness, and reliability of parcel delivery processing. Therefore, with this successful prototype, it is possible to lead to the development of full-scale implementation in the future.
KEYWORD FAST PARCEL DELIVERY / PARCEL TRACKING / EXPRESS PACKAGE DELIVERY

 

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