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Top Three Trends Impacting Logistics Over the Next 5 Years

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Just like the constant evolution in technology, the world of logistics is also evolving.  How people connect with businesses and shop for products and services is changing, creating changes in the supply chain and logistics.  At the forefront is DHL, the world’s largest logistics firm.  Supply Chain Digital visited their development programs, which is investigating trends and solutions for the future of logistics.

According to “Envisioning the future of logistics,” posted by Matthew Staff on SupplyChainDigital.com, the team at DHL has identified 23 key trends that they expect to influence industry within the next five to 15 years.  Some trends are identified as “industry megatrends,” and include sustainability, globalization, and consumerism.  DHL also spotted developing technology trends, which include cloud computing, “the internet of everything,” and actionable analytics.  Three of the top trends include the following.

  1. Strengthening business relationships:  The boom of online shopping makes it easier for consumers to buy direct from manufacturers, reducing the need for the middle-man.  As a result, global logistic networks need to figure out how to control costs and capacities for delivering direct to the consumer by merging networks with their retailers.
  2. Navigating grid-lock:  Consumers expect speedy response times when they use online retail services.  As urban areas become more populated, it can be harder to deliver to multiple locations in densely populated areas.  Creating logistics clusters or “smart grids” may streamline product flow in crowded urban areas.
  3. Analyzing big data:  Supply chain management (SCM) solutions have been available for some time.  Streamlining internal operations, managing dispatch and shipping schedules, and finding cost-effective ways to ship products isn’t new and neither is big data.  What is new is finding ways to leverage big data to further improve real-time logistics.  Cloud computing can be the biggest tool in getting closer to real-time data and facilitating synchronized logistics processes.

The marketplace is changing and so is the way we interact with our customers.  In order to maintain high levels of customer service, we need to adapt to these changes and prepare for future changes.  Prepare for the trends identified by DHL by having the right tools in place.  RockySoft offers innovative supply chain solutions that can strengthen control and insight over your supply chain, including robust inventory control and streamlined logistics.  Contact RockySoft for guidance with finding the right solutions for your exact supply chain and logistics needs.

By Jeffrey Porter with RockySoft, Microsoft Dynamics software provider for demand planning

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