Life is difficult. Coupled with consumerism, globalisation, growing pressure to ensure environment friendliness as well as the super-fast rise of living standards, it seems even harder… especially for business owners.
In the logistics industry companies have been facing many challenges. Among those, petrol price increases, labour strikes, stricter trade regulations, a lack of infrastructure and pressure to conform transport and warehousing practices to global best standards are all reflecting stress on logistics industry stakeholders.
You might be wondering what the solution to all of this will be? When will the logistics industry be flawless. When will trucks stop holding up traffic and deliver goods on time no matter what the weather?
The answer to this will lie in the one thing that has ensued advancement in all fields and industries over the past few decades: Technology. Most importantly, Information Technology.
What has Technology Done For Logistics?
Technology has made a big difference with regard to automation, decreased costs, improved fleets and deliveries in the logistics industry, which is extremely complex and links in with every other industry in existence.
Logistics companies constantly face deadlines and need to ensure that efficiency is all it can be. But when will efficiency be all it can be?
When problems stop halting the smooth flow of processes in the supply chain.
Quite simply, the more you can get a product from point A to point B on time, intact with minimal costs incurred, logistics processes are efficient.
But how often does this happen? While successfully delivering a product is more than possible and happens more often than not, it is important to remember that delivery is not all that counts towards efficiency. Logistics managers need to ensure that the process of delivering a product from point A to point B is not costly, that trucks don’t drive in ten different directions to deliver ten different products, but stack and pack goods according to type and the area they have to be delivered to, thereby, decreasing fuel costs and increasing time efficiency.
Further, the warehouse environment from which products are dispatched also plays a big role in how efficient the delivery process will be. If products are randomly stacked and order numbers are manually captured it will be hard and time consuming to find the right products and load them onto trucks for dispatch.
How Can Efficiency Be Optimised?
Transport Software and Warehouse software are playing an increasingly important role in ensuring that warehousing and transport processes are optimised and that challenges are minimised. Companies can no longer operate and compete without ensuring adequate Information technology processes.
What will Future Technology Hold for Logistics?
As you are reading this, big advancements are already being planned and tested for future technologies which will not only optimise logistics processes, but change the way we see logistics. Courier by drone technology is already being developed and mobile computing has taken warehouse and transport management out of office buildings and into the pockets of operators, allowing them to have control over these processes form anywhere in the world.