Latest Logistics Tech
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Rapid technological progress is all around us, and the logistics industry – in common with many other sectors – is going through a period of unprecedented transformation. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the key technologies that are likely to drive change in logistics and delivery in the coming months and years.
The Latest Technology in Logistics
Track and Trace
The basic technologies that allow logistics firms and their customers to track and trace the location of a package in transit are already fairly well established. We’re using them ourselves in our ‘Compass’ service, and we expect to see them becoming much more widely utilised in the near future.
From Data Matrix barcoding to RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips, we’re likely to see these technologies interacting more with connected devices and easily accessible, cloud-based tracking systems.
Increased or total automation at various points in an item’s delivery journey is inevitable. As of 2021, Amazon says it had a total complement of 100,000 ‘drive unit’ robots (shuttling items around warehouses) as well as 6 ‘robo-stows’ and 30 ‘palletisers’ across its fulfilment centres worldwide.
As the cost of such technologies comes down, we expect to see a marked increase in the number of companies using robots for picking and packing in the coming years.
The technologies for driverless trucks are already with us. In April 2016, a platoon of lorries – connected to a lead vehicle and each other by Wi-Fi – undertook a driverless journey from various start points in Europe before joining up and making their way in convoy to the port of Rotterdam. The clear efficiencies and benefits of driverless vehicles mean it may only be a matter of time before their use becomes standard practice in the logistics industry.
Dozens of other retailers, e-commerce logistics companies and postal services worldwide have already started or intend to undertake their own drone delivery trials, and it looks likely that it may well become a commonplace delivery method in the near future.
What does this mean to Freight Forwarders?
Some freight forwarders are worried about these new technologies and the impact they might have on their supply chain; and while HGL will be investing in technology, like a new track and trace system to enhance our operational efficiency, we believe a personal approach to customer service is far more important than technological gadgetry.
Nothing beats face-to-face interaction and the human touch – something that can’t be replicated by machines – but we’ll be keeping our finger on the industry pulse to ensure we’re staying abreast of the latest advancements that could benefit our customers.
To find out more about our global logistics services, and how they can bring time and cost efficiencies to your supply chain, give us a call on 0800 888459 or email email@example.com or fill out our ‘Quick Quote’ form.