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Logistics and Transportation Emerging Technologies
Today's global supply chain is full of complexity and uncertainty, especially in the logistics and transportation sectors. Challenges arise daily, and logistics specialists must be prepared to find efficient and affordable ways to manage and overcome these. To address the growing issues, the transportation industry is constantly relying on new technologies and strategies to gain a competitive advantage while increasing customer satisfaction. The volatility the world is living in right now, with the pandemic variants, extreme weather events, labor shortages, and geopolitical issues oblige the supply chain to become more resilient than ever. That is why technologies like an optimized TMS, route planning software, driver schedule planning systems, automated linehaul network planning software, and more, are being used in the industry to address these growing challenges.
New technologies like autonomous trucks can help against driver shortages and limited truck capacity by increasing operations efficiency, predict, prevent, and end distracted driving. New Transportation Management Systems (TMS) are being developed; and can help find the most profitable loads, and factors in driver preference. They provide information about hours-of-service availability, customer demand, and available assets to secure feasible loads that generate the most money. TMS is allowing the whole supply chain to be connected while improving operations since the product is being manufactured until it is in the customer's door. Transportation companies are also using technologies such as ELDs and telematics devices, to track trailers and the hours of service of truck drivers. It is important to make the right investments when equipping trucks to keep up with the competency and be able to overcome unpredictable challenges.
On the other hand, when shipping intermodal it is also important to look at innovations in the ports' operation; the past year, most of the supply chain issues were due to the nation's ports being clogged. Now the Internet of Things is enabling port equipment to transfer valuable data via sensor technology, boosting the efficiency and autonomy of regular operations. The most important aspect when dealing with new technologies is the flow of information, that is why Ports, like the Port of Hamburg in Germany, have adopted 5G technology in preparation for advance industrial mobile and tracking communications. As the spread of 5G increases, it is set to become the standard technology for smart port operations, allowing ports to become more connected than ever before. It will help to revolutionize automated port operations, optimizing supply chain and port operations, and improving efficiency.
New technologies and innovations are taking over the global supply chain as the best solution to overcome obstacles and gain competitive advantage in the industry. Technology can optimize stop times, delivery locations, drive times, and ETAs. The supply chain can be integrated in one place and help the logistics and transportation industry evolve and adapt to unexpected situations easily.
Contributor: Paula Beltran
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