Increasing technology innovations are making big waves across industries, and logistics and the supply chain may be one of the most impacted sectors. Notorious for its heavy use of manual processes and large amounts of data stored in different ways and in different places, the logistics industry has perhaps the most to gain from implementing new technologies and following the most innovative Supply Chain and Logistics technology trends.
Recent years have seen massive advancement for the logistics industry in areas like artificial and augmented intelligence, advanced analytics, and automation, to name just a few. These technologies have evolved faster than ever while startups with even newer solutions and innovations continue popping up at a rapid rate. But attached to these innovations are new expectations and standards, forcing logistics companies to either adapt or fall behind. Much pressure comes from customers in the form of individuals and enterprises, all of who are demanding their products or services come faster and cheaper than ever before.
But advancements in technologies aren’t the only big changes influencing the industry. From new shipping regulations to growing global tensions and trade wars, and a predicted economic recession, logistics companies will need to be alert and prepared for 2020. For example, carriers are already working hard to meet the global 0.5% Sulphur cap, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020. It would affect up to 70,000 ships, according to IMO estimates, and could lead to a 20-30% increase in total fuel costs, which would ultimately be passed on to customers.
Global trade wars and tensions like that of China and the U.S. have continued affecting logistics operations. In 2018, trade tariffs affected $34 billion worth of Chinese products imported into the U.S., with China also taking costly countermeasures on U.S. imports. The European economy has also been going into a downturn as Brexit concerns continue weighing heavily on European countries, and the U.S. economy has also been growing weaker. All of these issues are signaling a possible global recession in 2020, which would make things much more difficult for logistics companies.
There is much to consider as 2020 quickly approaches. Companies within the logistics and supply chain sphere must continue getting ready for all of these bigger changes with innovations. From digital twins to blockchain to real-time supply chain visibility, Transmetrics has identified the Top 10 important logistics technology trends your company should be keeping an eye on in 2020: