As the world is turning out to be increasingly interconnected, the conventional direct structure of the supply chain is becoming increasingly complex. The supply chains have expanded, grown into complex designs, and have become more concentrated than ever. To cope up with such a quick and excessive development, there is a dire need for the various logistics sectors to follow the latest trends in order to gain a competitive edge in the market. According to the experts, the trends in the transportation field will be dominated by the increasing demands for
- Smarter transparency solutions
- Efficient transportation solutions
- Modern warehousing
With the introduction of just-in-time manufacturing, certain new trends are making their way into the transportation sector. With fast manufacturing, the delivery of such products also needs to be done with good speed. For staying ahead in the market, it is crucial for the transportation industries to adapt as according to experts just-in-time manufacturing is soon to become a norm in our society. The transportation companies will need to act quickly, smartly and in an agile fashion to keep up with modern demands.
1. Artificial Intelligence and Big Data:
The integration of artificial intelligence in arranging and handling logistics business will surely reshape the entire business in the coming future. Many logistics and transportation companies have already integrated technology to make predictive analysis.
Machine Learning Algorithms:
The machine learning algorithms have enabled the transportation companies to take pre-emptive measures by analyzing the predictive data and by taking quick actions, they can overcome a lot of hurdles. This has assisted the transportation companies to choose the best route to transport the goods. Machine learning also to an extent can help companies to predict demands in different markets so they can determine the quantity of the products to be exported accordingly.
Supply chains across the world from the manufacturing of a product to its delivery to the final customer, are becoming more and more digital. The fourth wave of technological advancement ‘Industry 4.0’, interconnects all the steps in the logistics as well as the transportation sector and allows intercommunication to make the whole process smooth. Not only this, but this interconnectedness also increases monitoring and helps gain better control over the system. Digitalization is helping organizations to achieve timely delivery, safe transit, and efficient transportation in a shorter time.
For better and secure transit, some analysts these days are suggesting the use of digital driver’s licenses. E-passports are being used globally at various airports. Facial recognition software and the biometric systems have already made their way into various industries and it is time that the transport industries also incorporate digital license technology. This would digitize the driver’s identity and it would lower the time spent on identity authentication by the customs agencies. The digitization would also create convenience for the transport and the border control agencies to identify and clear the driver in less time and with more ease.
The identity could also be stored on the smartphone. There are some latest applications that the drivers can use to save the data related to their identity. These apps can be downloaded in phones easily. These applications can let the border and transport control officers verify the digital identity. This would not only reduce the chances of counterfeiting and fraud but also create a secure and safe environment for verification.
2. Internet of Things:
The IoT which is shorter for the Internet of Things has the ability to simplify the logistics process and make the whole procedure smooth. Equipped with the technology of sensors and smooth networking, the information and status of the products being transported can be shared easily by using IoT. IoT can help companies to keep a watchful eye on every step of the transportation. With its help, the companies can:
- Track the transporting vehicle
- Effectively manage the inventory
iii. Guarantee a safe transportation
- Automation of vehicles
- Know the delivery status
The speed and efficiency that comes with the IoT technology can increase the output with a little effort.
Management Of The Fleet:
IoT offers more benefits than anyone can imagine. IoT assists the organizations in making smart decisions to track their fleet. By analyzing data beforehand, IoT helps to make predictive analysis and make pre-emptive decisions. It helps the transportation industries to achieve efficiency as they deliver products on time with safe transits.
For temperature-sensitive and time-sensitive items, customized vehicles are becoming a trend. This ensures that the products don’t expire or become stale and in this way, the fresh delivery of goods is guaranteed.
IoT is assisting the freight forwarding companies to effectively manage their logistics operations by keeping a track of the product. Data analysis helps make decisions regarding the inventory too which makes inventory management efficient.
3. M2M Services:
M2M is becoming one of the latest trends in the transportation industry. The idea of M2M services is structured around three main pillars which are
- Machine to machine
- Machine to man
- Machine to mobility
One of the biggest things to be introduced in the future is driverless trucks. There is often a shortage of truck drivers and with the rising demands of transportation, relying on the older methods of dependence on humans could create problems for the transporting industries in the future.
Becoming a Norm:
Experts suggest that the integration of M2M technology in the transportation industry soon will pick a speed and in the near future, it may become a norm as it will prove to be really profitable. To tackle the issues emerging in multimodal transportation, IT with its most recent innovation could offer ideal arrangements by overcoming any issues among programming and versatile applications for the logistics business. This machine to machine cooperation won’t just increase productivity but also security, tracking, customer relation and can limit the financial misfortunes.
Various applications of the fifth-generation(5-G) are being experimented in the transportation industry. Machine to machine learning can enable a self-driving fleet where one vehicle can communicate with one another enabling less carbon emission and saving fuel.
4. Lower Carbon Input
One of the major trends sweeping across the transportation industry is the demand for sustainable transportation solutions. With the help of the latest technology, electric cars, trucks, and ships are being envisioned and some are already being developed. Globally many nations have come together to fight global warming by lowering carbon emissions by setting certain targets. For transportation by sea, shorter routes and RORO cargo ships are being preferred as a step towards sustainability.
To save fuel and cost, transporters are planning to make the routes more and more convenient by reducing the number of stoppages or checkpoints. This is evident in various policies followed by the mobility hubs enabling multimodal transportation. Along with the rise of MaaS and micromobility, travel is becoming more convenient costing less fuel.
5. Electric Truck and Electric ships Transforming the Transportation Industry
Electric mobility has already advanced into our lives through metro, transports, Tesla vehicles, and so on. Logistics transportation is also on its way to getting electric and self-sufficient. Thoughts are being introduced to present the drive innovation and electric charging alternatives for a sustainable future versatility by adopting sustainable sources of energy instead of petroleum products to get rid of deadly pollutants and make the transportation less expensive, cleaner and calmer.
As truck manufacturing and transportation by trucks are facing a considerable rise in the business, new ways are being explored to control the pollution and control the carbon emission in the air all around the world. It is anticipated that the truck business will advance toward digitization and electrification in the coming six to seven years.
With less cost, lesser chances of unpredicted benefits, and installments because of fuel costs, the electric ships are certainly going to change the field of logistics. Not just they’ll save significant expenses that are paid for fuel, they’ll additionally make the earth clean.