Here's How Big Data is Influencing Logistics and Supply Chain Management

By Linda James, Logistics Tech Outlook | Monday, January 25, 2021

Big data analytics lets supply chain operators understand the business scenario and the strategic needs of their firms.

FREMONT, CA: Today, the effect of big data analytics on the world's leading sectors is apparent. The outcome of the use of big data is nothing but optimistic and beneficial for many sectors. In reality, figures claim that the global demand for big data and enterprise was estimated at 168.8 billion dollars in 2018. Besides, this value is projected to rise to 274.3 billion dollars by 2022.

The days are gone where the distribution and supply chain management process used to be stalled due to data inaccuracy and inefficient and unorganized management processes. Nowadays, through the use of big data, supplier networks have increased data quality, reliability, and perspective. It ultimately contributes to increased relational information across supply chains. Take a look at its major benefits:

Benefits of Implementing Big Data in Logistics Business

Real-time Fleet Tracking

With big data analytics technology, RFID tags, GPS systems, bar codes, and many more, logistics companies can track their vehicles in real-time. These devices can collect data on real-time traffic, on-road network data, and fleet data. Additionally, the optimization of routes, planning, and arranging deliveries would also be simpler for logistics administrators. They can predict possible collisions or poor weather and monitor shipments and fleets from everywhere. They will provide consumers with an update on the status of orders in real-time. If delivery is postponed, consumers may receive automatic alerts.

Warehouse Management Efficiency

Managing a warehouse in a conventional manner of legacy or ERP applications is still out of date. It is now time for millions of consumers to be involved in real-time stock order notifications, know the status of the product before making a buying decision, and have instant access to the specifics of the product's development. Also, consumers can buy from everywhere in the country. With big data, warehouse managers can understand how consumers' behavior varies and their demands from suppliers and supply chain managers. Furthermore, warehouse managers may have a detailed view of the loading, loading, unloading, and distribution process. As a result, roads will be planned, and supplies scheduled more safely to improve safety and reduce fuel costs.

Improved Responsiveness

Good responsiveness in the management of the supply chain directly influences the efficiency of the supply chain. And a responsive supply chain means that consistent goods are delivered on budget and on schedule to fulfill customer demands. Big data analytics lets supply chain operators understand the business scenario and the strategic needs of their firms. They have a chance to increase consumer response, have improved inventory management, save money, and improve agility.

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