Digitization has literally transformed the world of technical logistics to usher in an age of efficiency, high performance and visibility. The emergence of mainstream technology has helped the logistics industry resolve most of its challenges like improvements in business processes, customer service, inventory management and reduction of transportation costs.
One of the groundbreaking and definitive technologies in this modern age is internet of things (IoT). The technology is now being used in wearable technology and it brings the same potential to generate significant changes in the logistics industry. Some of the main advantages of IoT include real-time alerts and notifications, automated data collection using different machines without any human intervention or interaction.
One of the critical functions that can be improved through Internet of Things is automated inventory management and asset tracking. A logistics firm that uses IoT can easily track orders that have to be fulfilled, how some items are performing and what items require replenishment. Logistics firms can employ IoT to gain better visibility in cargo shipments to determine whether cargo has been delivered on time or whether it was opened during transport.
Another technology that will be beneficial to logistics firms is warehouse automation. Because of the overwhelming growth of online shopping across the globe, logistics is challenged by massive stress particularly warehouse operations that need to be streamlined and organized. At present, several advancements are being made to use robots in warehousing functions from pick and pack, load and unload to data collection, inventory management and record keeping. Automation will eliminate human errors.
One of the most prominent technologies today is Bitcoin technology that some industries have already adopted. The use of Blockchain technology in logistics will ensure more secured record keeping and traceability and transparency in all transactions at the same time that data breaches, counterfeiting and leaks are avoided.
In order for technical logistics to thrive, it must be equipped with innovative technologies that will ensure fast, efficient and cost effective operations. Companies can manage all the aspects of their logistics through a combination of logistics infrastructure and web-based software. Technology will also encourage more confidence among customers.