Logistics businesses are facing an era of unprecedented change as digitalization takes hold, and customer expectations evolve.
FREMONT, CA: Today, customer expectations are increasing drastically. Both individuals and businesses expect to get goods faster, more flexibly, and at low or no delivery cost. Adding this all up and the logistics sector is under acute pressure to deliver a better service at an ever reduced r cost. Here are some major technology trends that have a large potential to drive the industry forward.
Advancements in technology, such as the use of digitized trucking, promote an increase in the integration of trucks in the logistics chain. In fact, digitized trucking allows vehicles to be primed with real-time data on shipping needs, estimated arrival times of shipments, and external information regarding departure times to factories, warehouses, and customers. These integrations assure all deliveries are executed in a timely manner, along with offering complete transparency to external stakeholders.
The hype surrounding autonomous driving clearly suggests that there must be advantages to be gained from investing in driverless vehicles. And these benefits will increase exponentially as more and more people adopt this method of transportation. Automated trucking can allow the creation of platoons of trucks easily: several trucks traveling on the same route are networked via car-to-car communication to form a unit.
Digital Freight Platforms
Digital freight platforms are driving the transformation in logistics transport management. Digital Freight Matching companies match shipper demand for carrier/trucking capacity using mobile- or web-based technology platforms - most commonly through the use of apps. Digital Freight Matching lets shippers directly and immediately find drivers with the capacity to transport their truckload, partial truckload, and less-than-truckload freight on the right types of trucks on the dates and routes that they need.
Technology is changing every aspect of logistics, including transport management. Digital fitness will be a prerequisite for success, and the winners will be those who understand how to exploit a whole range of new technologies. But with so many technologies competing for investment, defining a clear digital strategy into business strategy will be critical for logistics business owners.