Technology is everywhere, from the cell phones in our pockets to the advanced systems powering space travel. It makes sense that it also plays an important role in a field as complex as logistics. Shipping has never been so connected, and technology is one of the main driving factors of this. This week, we will examine some of the top technology trend in the logistics industry.
1) Artificial Intelligence
The future is now, with artificial intelligence no longer being the stuff of sci-fi films. Artificial intelligence has been playing a role in logistics for a couple of years now, but it is only growing more advanced. AI can be used to identify every link in a supply chain, and provide analysis each step of the way. Additionally, AI is used to predict demand, something that is critical in the current fluctuating market.
2) Self-Driving Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles are a game-changer in the logistics industry. These vehicles are being used increasingly in the commercial sector, due to their benefits. Autonomous vehicles reduce human error, cost, and relieve congestion, all through their advanced technology. Additionally, their data-pulling allows them to predict road hazards and climate patterns, giving them the ability to choose the best route and reduce time on the road.
Believe it or not, robots already walk among us. In fact, you’ve probably ordered something that has been handled by a robot in some way!
Robots are becoming increasing common in warehouses, where they are often used for repetitive tasks. During the labor shortage, robots are also being used in packing, sorting, and last-mile roles. As their technology progresses, expect to see more and more robots in the logistics industry.
4) Data Analytics
Data analytics might not be the first thing you think of when you think of logistics, but it is critically important. New data analytic technology is currently being used to optimize processes across the logistics field, forecasting risks, outlining capacity usage, and anticipating inventory adjustments. With OASYS, you get access to data in the form of KPI and metrics.
5) Transportation Management Systems
An excellent Transportation Management System is the ultimate use of technology in logistics. A good TMS can provide visibility into day-to-day transportation operations, and streamline the shipping process via land, air, and sea. The TMS is used the entire lifecycle of the shipping process, from planning to optimization. If you want to stay ahead of the game, investing in a good TMS is the way to go.
There you have it, the top five technology trends in logistics in 2022! Do you use any of these? Leave us a comment!
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