5. Moving data better
Despite dropping profitability on core shipping operations, 86% of logistics professionals are still optimistic, confident in new technology as the best way to succeed down the line. In a decade’s time, freight will likely still be moved in containers and boxes on airplanes and ships. The real potential for change lies in better movement of the data that moves the freight, a sentiment echoed by DHL Supply Chain’s Head of Innovation.
“Big Data” is big news in logistics. With it, realtime data from scanners, tracking systems, and other new technology can be harnessed to improve productivity, safety, customer satisfaction, profits; in short revolutionize the way companies work. So, expect even more startups who’s focus is on supply chain process and data integration, and expect many more logistics providers, large and small, to be rolling out the new data technologies.