Trends to Follow in Supply Chain and Logistics

Everyone wants to develop a better business and to increase the number of satisfied clients. It’s hard to predict, even for specialists, what trends will make a difference for businesses, but some things are really speeding up, like the technology that continuously evolves, so keep your eyes open for what’s to come.

The Robotics
Automation is not a secret anymore when you’re considering the distribution centers. It’s true that this is mostly limited to the automation of the workflow, but it’s time to take into consideration the full automation for a warehouse. However, for now, only the big players on the market use this, and it’s limited to just a few corporate giants.

Things change by introducing the warehouse robotics to the market, which will bring a significant improvement to the workflow of a logistic company.

Autonomous Road Transportation
In just a few years, you’ll constantly see on roads trucks that have no drivers. That’s the intention of everyone to reduce the costs of the transport and to improve the way the logistic companies function. The first tests took place in Australia, but it will be a while until the legal, safety and social acceptance issues will be overcome.

Developing the Technology Services
You’ll see that more and more the logistic companies will adapt the way of the technology providers, by implementing special IT platforms for service-selling points. It’s just an apparent blending between technology and service providers because you’ll be able to find different platforms where you’ll find different companies providing the services that one needs – warehouse management, operational applications, procurement or purchasing and so on.

The Race for the Last Mile
If you didn’t know, the last mile is called the final delivery part from the distribution center to the retail stores or to consumer’s front doors. Because of this, there was an explosion in the omnichannel retail that increased the demand for the last-mile resources and also the costs for operating these.

Virtual Logistics Team
Everyone knows about remote working and the virtual teams that become pervasive through different commercial sectors. This will enable companies to hire people that are talented from all over the world, instead of looking for someone locally. More and more companies will discover the benefits of remote working for the support and administrative stuff, and this also includes the transport and logistics domains.