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7 Trends that will transform the future of logistics in 2021

23 jul 2020 — Logistics, Trends, White paper, Innovations
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Logistics and supply chains are more complex than ever, constantly facing new demands from changing markets, consumer expectations and unforeseen emergencies. Disruption comes from many sources, starting with the global e-commerce boom where products and services need to be delivered conveniently, transparently and accurately to keep customers satisfied.

Logistics and supply chains are more complex than ever, constantly facing new demands from changing markets, consumer expectations and unforeseen emergencies. Disruption comes from many sources, starting with the global e-commerce boom where products and services need to be delivered conveniently, transparently and accurately to keep customers satisfied.

Meanwhile, rising concerns for the environment, higher fuel costs, lack of manpower and emerging technologies are additional pressures that impact operations and productivity.
 
These challenges combined put perpetual stress on logistics, but solutions are surfacing to optimize performance and increase efficiency.

What innovative trends are transforming the future of logistics?

If you want to read a full trend report about innovations in logistics, download our latest white paper. Here is a summary :

Trend 1: Smart Mobility Makes Faster and Greener Transportation

Transportation in the future prioritizes smart mobility, using real-time data from GPS devices and IoT sensors to track the location and condition of vehicles and goods. Better navigation and fewer accidents are possible with autonomous vehicles. Both energy-efficient electric vehicles and crowdsourced last-mile deliveries allow greener, faster transport.

Trend 2:  Artificial Intelligence Adds Accuracy

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a valuable logistics solution that predicts patterns and automates time-consuming tasks for speed and accuracy while cutting costs. It shifts supply chains from reactive to proactive by more precisely forecasting demand and producing actionable data that gives visibility across all processes.

 

AI also improves customer experience by providing rapid real-time assistance anytime with limited errors.

Trend 3:  Eco-friendly Packaging Contributes to Saving The Environment

Eco-friendly packaging is made from a variety of eco-friendly materials like wood, bamboo, and even mushrooms. Modern packaging will be flexible for changing uses, yet resilient to effectively protect products. In addition, design gets simplified to minimize environmental waste and unnecessary empty space.

Trend 4: Warehouse Connectivity Optimizes Performance

Warehouse management gets easier with smart connectivity. First, big data and predictive analytics help optimize performance, followed by IoT for visibility in real-time to streamline inventory, delivery and picking. And then mobile devices modernize the order fulfillment process with high accuracy as well as decrease workplace injuries.

 

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Trend 5: Big Data provides Smarter Forecasts

Big data provides invaluable real-time visibility and predictive insight to support smarter forecasting. From optimizing routes and better managing inventory to enhancing customer experience, it is vital to continuous logistical improvement.

Trend 6: Warehouse Robotics Increase Productivity

Warehouse productivity gets a significant boost with the introduction of robotics. Robots are an adaptable workforce that can work around the clock with high accuracy. Warehouse robotics reduce labor costs, meet increased capacity demands and make the workplace safer.

Trend 7: Circular Supply Chain Allows Sustainable Logistics

A circular supply chain boosts profitability and sustainability for logistics. It minimizes waste by recycling, refurbishing and reusing materials, creating wise end-of-life cycle processes to save money and resources.

The Next Level of Excellence

The next level of excellence in logistics will be achieved by investing in key innovations. Embracing trends will drive performance optimization, flexibility and exceptional customer experience.

Are you ready for the future? Find out more about these exciting trends now in our whitepaper 7 Logistics Trends To Embrace Innovation In 2021!