The rise of autonomous and electric trucks, drone tests, Blockchain projects, and initiatives… This is just the top of the iceberg of logistics innovation topics which were the high points of 2018.
Each month, Transmetrics Blog was looking into the latest news on the intersection of logistics and technology. And from that perspective, 2018 was truly eventful for the industry. Let’s dive into the highlights and wrap our head around the most important logistics innovation news of the year.
In 2018, Transmetrics Blog was selecting logistics startups that represent a positive example of innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain and have the potential to alter the way the industry operates. Luckily for these companies, the sector offers a lot of room for disruption and such startups are taking up the whole range of challenges – from offering a new way to think about addresses to developing the innovative autonomous and electric vehicles.
Now, at the end of the year, we can surely say that the impact of these young companies on the industry is undeniable and it will be even more interesting to follow their progress in 2019.
In this article, we would like to highlight all the startups featured in the “Logistics Startup of the Month” Series in 2018 and once again demonstrate their importance for the logistics and supply chain.
“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: November 2018
Welcome to the November 2018 issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies and important news in logistics that happened over the past month.
Every month we select one logistics startup which represents a positive example of innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain and has the potential to alter the way the industry operates. This month, Transmetrics selected FreightBro, the easy-to-install platform for freight forwarding digitization, as the November “Logistics Startup of the Month” for its outstanding approach to innovation in Freight Forwarding.
In order to learn more about FreightBro and what they do, we talked with Raghavendran Viswanathan, CEO of FreightBro, about their business and how it digitizes the freight forwarding operations.
The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence in Logistics
AI in Logistics has come a long way. Who really could have imagined driverless cars, pilotless aircrafts or predictive capabilities other than from the pages of science fiction? But thanks to a whirlwind evolution of tech, AI has left the laboratory and evolved into an integral and ubiquitous part of our lives.
The industry knows it too, with Forbes Insights research showing that 65 percent of senior transportation-focused executives believe logistics, supply chain, and transportation processes are in the midst of a renaissance. Furthermore, a cross-industry study on AI adoption by McKinsey & Co. found that early adopters with a proactive AI strategy in the transportation and logistics sector enjoyed profit margins.
AI is here and it is here to stay. But how did we get here, and where are we going? Let’s dig a little deeper into AI and its evolution in the logistics sector.
Robots, automation, computation, wearables: warehouses are no longer big storage spaces. Technology has invaded the warehouse to significantly improve efficiency and speed, and it was only a matter of time. Think about it: online spending is up 15.9 percent year-on-year. That is many more orders and fulfilments, and gigantic operations such as Amazon or DHL would simply not be possible without smart, tech-based techniques.
Warehousing is the act of storing goods that will be sold or distributed later, and several major elements of this important supply chain step can be disrupted by technology. The first obviously, is robotics. Along with humans, it is also robots roaming around distribution and fulfillment centers. Including automated conveyors and equipment that assists staff with faster fulfillment processes, robotics is fundamentally changing the way warehouses operate. The second big element is how the warehouse space is distributed – it should be easy for everyone to access it and this is where on-demand warehousing comes into play.
However, there are many more ways technology can improve the operations in warehouses. Machine vision, wearables, and smart platforms can enhance the work experience while also bringing safety and helping employees to take more proactive and data-driven actions.
10 Logistics and Supply Chain Events in Europe You Should Visit in 2019
Each year thousands of logistics and supply chain professionals are attending multiple supply chain and logistics events that are not only helping them to learn about the current industry’s best practices but also giving them the insight about the trends and technologies of tomorrow. Although each event has its highlights, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to attend all of the good logistics conferences due to the tight schedules, limited time and budget. In order to save your time, we made for you a list of 10 best Supply Chain and Logistics events happening in Europe in 2019.
We’ve selected the best conferences that have high-quality participants and provide you with actionable insights that make a real impact on your business based on the latest trends and technologies.
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“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: October 2018
Welcome to the October 2018 issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies and important news in logistics that happened over the past month.
Every month we select one logistics startup which represents a positive example of innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain and has the potential to alter the way the industry operates. This month, Transmetrics selected xChange, the neutral online platform for one-way container moves, as the October “Logistics Startup of the Month” for its remarkable contribution to the improvement of empty container movement.
In order to learn more about xChange and what they do, we talked with Christian Roeloffs, Managing Director and Co-Founder of xChange, about their business and how to improve the logistics of empty containers.
Logistics of the Future: Best Last-Mile Delivery Startups
This article is part of the “Logistics of the Future” series, where we look at the best logistics startups today.
It is the last step in the supply chain but likely the most important: last-mile delivery. Delivery from the transport hub to the shipment’s final destination has become one of the major focus points for logistics companies as more and more people head online to buy their goods. In fact, e-commerce is expected to hit $1.35 billion in sales by 2018, an increase of 28.8 percent from 2013. Quick delivery direct to door is no longer something that is “nice to have”, it is a customer expectation. But meeting such expectations has become an expensive operation with last-mile delivery comprising more than 50 percent of total shipping costs. People want their goods and they want them now.
Thankfully, there are many logistics companies worldwide who are working to streamline this process using the latest tech and methodology. Forget about the postman coming to your door, these last-mile delivery startups are rethinking the last step in the supply chain to include drones, electric vehicles, robots, driverless cars and more. Smart solutions are the way forward.