Technology nowadays has become a very important aspect in the logistics industry. With the help of modern technology, firms are able to boost their efficiency and capacity.
Here are some of the technological innovations that will shape the future of the logistics industry going forward:
In the past drones were mainly used in the military arena. However, these days drones are being used to deliver medical supplies to remote areas or delivering relief supplies to vulnerable communities. Looking into the future drones could be deployed to pick goods from warehouses and even use to track logistics activities such as transportation of goods from one point to another.
Social media has emerged as one of the most formidable force in the logistics ‘industry. Whether you want to communicate to your customers or want to place an order or seeking to advertise your products, social media is your tool. Facebook and twitter for instance receive billions of visitors everyday and this is a good platform for a logistics company to communicate with clients.
Internet of Things(IoT)
Nowadays many devices are made with built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and sensors, from cell phones and ceiling fans to cars. The easy access to Wi-Fi and the internet connects everyone to everything, which is why it’s called Internet of Things.
IoT technology allows managers to quickly check on things such as energy consumption, the production levels of specific machines or sectors, the overall flow of product and the status of key inventory.
These sensors process and transmit the information to the crew who then gains insight into hidden risks and knowledge. Although IoT isn’t an entirely new technology, it continues to impact the future of logistics, allowing for a more accurate in-transit visibility and delivery of goods.
Enhanced GPS Accuracy
Devices such as cars and mobile phones have inbuilt GPS. This allows lost drivers for example to track their location and intended destination. Overall this increases efficiency and faster delivery of goods because one is able to monitor traffic jam of a certain area and avoid it.
Shipment Tracking Systems
With the support of internet and software cargo owners or track managers can be able to track movement of their products from the point of shipping to delivery. Not only does this enhance the user experience, but it saves time and money for the company as well.
The future for the logistics industry seems bright even as new technology continue to emerge. Looking into the future technology will continue to impact the industry positively given the benefits thus far.