IOT - Transforming the Logistics Industry

Posted on July 03, 2019

In today’s fast-paced economy, the revolutionization of technology is a vital component of the logistics industry. The Internet of Things (IOT) is a device that allows for collaboration with other devices via the internet to transfer data without the need for human-to-human interaction. IOT aids in the ability to connect all individuals involved in the shipment process to the end consumer. The implementation of IOT can offer full-spectrum visibility to supply chain operations that may need improvements. IOT also unites informational and operational technology to reduce operating costs perform predictive maintenance to reduce inconsistencies within the infrastructure. IOT will optimally unify siloed networks into one consolidated network for efficiency and transparency within the firm.

One way the supply chain industry uses IOT is the placement of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and GPS tracking sensors in the transportation equipment and roadways to monitor traffic conditions as well as trace the precise locations of containers. Execution of sensors allows specialists to seamlessly communicate with each node in the supply chain process and, ultimately, the consumer.

These sensors can produce digital endpoints to create data for each organization. Firms will have the ability to easily predict accurate arrival time and spot possible delays within shipments.

According to Gartner, by 2025, “…the IOT will have a potential economic impact anywhere between $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year; business-to-business applications will likely capture nearly 70% of that value.”

IOT is steadily transforming the logistics industry to provide quick and accurate information, increased communication, and efficiency in the shipment process to ultimately add value and reduce costs.

Contributor: Kerra Sloan 


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