Changes in logistics are currently driven by these five factors: cost pressure, lack of space, concerns about young talent, environmental protection and technical innovation. The resulting trends are presented in this article.
Sustainable solutions are indispensable. Far-reaching agreements on the reduction of CO2 emissions and further increases in fuel prices ensure that fuel consumption must be reduced. Efficiency is to be increased, for example, through groupage freight transport, consolidation and participation in logistics networks.
This change trend is mainly due to the further development of technologies with artificial intelligence, blockchain and the Internet of Things. In addition, more and more processes are being automated to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Automated loading and unloading processes, for example, can reduce delivery times enormously. The wish is that entire vehicle fleets will soon be able to transport themselves independently. Inventions such as data glasses lead to a fundamental change in numerous jobs. Through data goggles, the logistician takes his work like a computer game and can quickly read short information there.
Blockchain and Cloud computing
Blockchain enables transparent value chains. As a result, large logistics companies are slowly turning into general logistics companies that coordinate the flow of goods throughout the entire supply chain. More and more companies in the logistics sector are also using the cloud. In 2014, around 44 companies used cloud computing. The figure has now risen to 64 percent. Here, too, costs are saved through greater flexibility and automation.
Is concerned with making predictions about the development of complex economic relationships. With the help of forecasting systems, delays and particularly problematic situations should be recognised in advance and hopefully avoided.
In addition, drones are expected to increase sales by 127 billion dollars by 2020. The use of drones not only makes it possible to transport goods, but also to better monitor storage areas using sensors and cameras. They will also be used for inventory in warehouses.
Focus on people
Nevertheless, people still remain at the centre of logistics. Especially due to continuous individualization, lean production methods and flexible manufacturing processes are required. On the other hand, the logistics industry is currently suffering from a severe shortage of skilled workers. Especially the low availability of truck drivers is problematic. They are increasingly being used as a shared resource by warehousing, logistics, the construction industry and manufacturing. Their use in various industries is also widening the battle for manpower.
Lack of space
In general, the lack of space also proves to be a problem. This is particularly noticeable in large cities. In order to escape the capacity limits that have been reached, attempts are being made to relocate logistics traffic underground. New areas could then also be developed for product storage. Above ground, this could also lead to a much-needed relief of the roads.
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