What does the future of logistics look like?

What does the future of logistics look like?

1st September 2023

With the world becoming more connected and over a third of people making online markets their main source of purchases, the need for reliable shipping is more important than ever. Logistics companies are now implementing innovative new technologies to automate processes and provide a better customer experience.

In this blog, we are reviewing the most recent trends and enhancements within the logistics industry.

Real-time data across borders

The future of the transportation and logistics industry is dependent on the continued advancement of connected infrastructure, meaning that improved communication throughout the supply chain is a must. 

Through streamlined forums and high-speed internet expanding across the globe, vehicles, warehouses, and distribution centres can now all communicate seamlessly, creating a network of real-time data and insights that ensure location and inventory tracking can be accessed and analysed in a matter of minutes. 

Recent technological advancements also include sensors, which can be placed on specialist cargo containers and transportation vehicles, providing real-time visibility of the location, temperature, and condition of goods throughout the supply chain. 

With such transparency, logistics companies can proactively address any potential issues with consignments and keep customers better informed, providing an enhanced experience for businesses that are reliant on the transportation of goods. 

Electric and sustainable vehicles

A hot topic for every sector is sustainability, and this is of particular relevance to the logistics industry, as the sector contributes to approximately 24% of global CO2 emissions.

Electric and low-emission vehicles are revolutionising the transportation and logistics landscape and improving the carbon footprint of key supply chain activities. 

By opting for vehicles that produce fewer carbon emissions, logistic companies can position themselves more favourably in the eyes of businesses looking for a logistics partner that operates in line with their sustainability goals.

Robotics and automation

Future developments in robotics are certainly to be expected in the logistics industry. Robots can assist logistics companies in both automating and optimising processes, in turn leading to an overall improvement in delivery and warehouse productivity. 

Robots can be used to load and unload trucks, sort and track shipments and assemble orders, which will reduce logistics companies’ overall expenses. However, given the pace at which these technologies are being developed, it may still be years, if not decades, before this becomes a reality. 

Choosing OSE as your logistics partner

Logistics services in 2023 and beyond are marked by technological advancements that will redefine how businesses operate and deliver value to their customers. With the heightened focus on visibility, company culture, and real-time tracking, precision and reliability are fundamental for logistics companies moving forward.

OSE Logistics offers a wide range of logistical support for businesses of all shapes and sizes across the UK and Europe, ensuring consignments are delivered in a cost-effective and highly efficient manner. 

For a logistics team that is up-to-date with the latest technological advancements and customer support, get in touch today. 

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