The Future of Logistics: Are Logistics Companies Ready to Adopt these Emerging Technologies?


In today’s post, we will cover the four emerging technologies which logistics companies must consider as a part of their service offerings. In the least, LPs must understand these emerging technologies so that one day they may integrate into logistics service providers company practices to better serve customers.

The logistic industry is going through a time of rapid and unprecedented transformation. The future of logistics is paved with innovation and technology. It was not long ago that ideas like the Internet of Things (IoT), Drone delivery, and Augmented reality were things of science fiction. Today, the industry is cautiously adopting these technologies to provide faster, cheaper, more reliable and sustainable delivery. At the same time, their customers – primarily the manufacturers and retailers – are wasting no time urging their logistic providers to integrate these technologies into their service.

Here is a look at the cutting-edge technologies that are likely to have a lasting impact on the future of logistics and supply chain management.

Emerging Technologies Shaping the Future of Logistics

The Internet of Things (IoT)

This revolutionary technology allows devices to communicate with each other within an existing internet infrastructure without human intervention. Its application in the future of logistics is expected to increase speed, decrease waste and reduce overall costs.

The study found out that 26.25% of 3PL companies are currently using machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and 46.62% plan to deploy them in the future. When asked about the impact of IoT on logistics and supply chain management, 47% said they believe it will have a tremendous impact while 49% said that it would have some impact. Only 3% said that it would have no impact.

Drone Delivery

Amazon caught a lot of attention when it announced its plan to use drones to deliver products to customers. Since then, many companies have announced their plan or are considering the idea. But skepticism is still widespread as this use of a new transportation mode in the future of logistics. The study found that a whopping 27.31% of people believed that the chance of drone delivery as a reality in the next 5 – 10 years is very slim. 5.88% think that drone delivery will never happen.

Driverless Vehicles

Google’s vision of driverless electric vehicles has had a lot of people predicting that the future belongs to self-driving vehicles. Such a vehicle is equipped with electronic eyes and ears and capable of navigating without human input. Its application in logistics can make an enormous reduction in costs. But are logistics companies ready for this cutting-edge technology?

The study found that 42% of manufacturers and retailers would like logistics companies to have some knowledge and expertise of driverless vehicles. However, 0.75% of the logistics companies can provide expert knowledge and service while 1.5% of them have comprehensive knowledge and expertise and plan to provide the service. On the bright side, 12.78% said they have some knowledge, and 6.02% said they planned to have knowledge and services.

These statistics show that while manufacturers and retailers want to see logistic companies adopting emerging technologies, the logistics companies themselves are taking a cautious step in that direction. However, many of them are willing to learn about those technologies and provide services.

What are your thoughts on these emerging technologies and how they will shape the future of logistics?

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