Conventional transit and logistics are well on the path to embracing the digital age, with augmented reality and robots finding greater utilisation in warehouses for quicker stock and staff management.
The impact of these new technologies is yet to change logistics beyond recognition. But in the coming years the new tech, already under extensive development by many innovative start-ups, looks set to reinvent logistics and make a profound impact on how the world’s logistics consultants work.
3D printing could benefit start-ups
The vast majority of warehouse products are not suitable for 3D printing with any model that is available commercially, but this area still presents a lot of promise.
Smaller items can be easily duplicated and sold for a profit with a 3D printer, making it viable for start-up companies to prosper. Healthcare items hold particular promise, with smaller intricate instruments becoming easy to replicate and reproduce in bulk.
3D printing could drastically increase delivery speeds for such medical equipment for hospitals, health clinics and pharmacies, and see an abundance of successful start-ups.
New forms of transportation
Technological advancements are improving the way transport works in the logistics sector. The potential for sensory technology to be used to identify how much space is left in a lorry has been hypothesised, aiding in more efficient transit with less wasted space.
Alongside the continual improvement of well-established logistics technologies, certain new technologies are being increasingly used for product transportation. Drones have evolved from fun gadget to practical tools for several sectors, assisting in wedding photography and even television and film production.
Amazon has led the revolution with Amazon Prime Air, which uses a fleet of small delivery drones to bring packages to customers. At this point the service is unavailable to the public, and due to strict regulations and the size of the drones, only small packages can be transported.
There are many kinks for manufacturers to contend with, but with further development, drone delivery services could eventually enable same-day delivery in under an hour.
A bright future for logistics
With many of these forms of new breed technology still in their infancies, comprehensive supply chain management is still paramount to maintain smooth and reliable logistics.
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