The digitisation of businesses is already real and is also being established in the logistics sector.
The boom of the “connected” is bringing about a great transformation in all types of industries and at all levels and the logistics sector is no different as it is experiencing one of the biggest changes. Thanks to digital transformation, processes have been optimised allowing suppliers, companies, distributors and customers to be more and more connected.
Keys and challenges of the logistics of the future
The logistics of the future begins with a change in forms of consumption. During the last few years the transformation and establishment of business models has focused on satisfying the immediate desires of the consumer and as a result the logistics sector has undergone a radical change. Products and services are demanded quicker and faster and the businesses able to meet these demands, regardless of sector are the ones who are shaping our new economy.
This is even more important when we talk about food products or medicines where time and temperature plays a more important role. An improvement in our processes makes it possible to achieve a greater level of customer satisfaction.
Evolution in warehouses, vehicles and forms of transport
Artificial intelligence will allow the evolution of warehouses with more autonomous and robotic elements. Likewise, there will be a greater use of autonomous vehicles which will lead to more and more ecological and efficient fleets with a minimum risk of accidents. In line with the above, robots and drones will have a fundamental role when it comes to distributing products quicker to the final consumer, in any corner of the planet.
The importance of sustainability
In a world that is increasingly aware of environmental care and increasingly restrictive sustainability policies, both transport and logistics companies and their suppliers must ensure the protection of our environment. By promoting actions and measures that impact in a positive way on the world in which we live, we can reduce our carbon footprint. Furthermore, the commitment to have 100% recyclable packaging material and the use of fleets and hybrid installations that run on electric power, make for a more efficient economy.
Real-time key information
Computer systems will continue to evolve. This will allow you to know in real time where each container or pallet is, in order to better predict your route or path. As a result you could avoid problems related to weather or traffic by solving possible issues at the same moment in order to reduce the delays or complications.
Products and services delivered in a “different way”
Until now, it seems that they have not been very important, but 3D printing may become more and more important in the near future. 3D printers will be able to completely transform the logistics sector as these will enable the companies and users themselves to print their raw materials and products, personalising them at will and without the need for waiting.
At an industrial level 3D printers can also help improve, standardise and optimise processes, saving costs and environmental impact.
Uncertainty and instability in trade policies
Will we go from globalisation to protectionism? The cases of Brexit and the establishment of trade barriers by EE. UU to China will undoubtedly mark the evolution of markets worldwide. We still do not know what will happen, so we’ll have to wait to see. Only companies that take the evolution of the sector seriously and all of the above will be able to survive and succeed. The market is becoming a flexible, changing, competent and competitive ecosystem, and it is necessary to adapt as quickly as possible to ensure the survival of businesses.