Just like other industries, logistics has undergone enormous transformation due to technology over the last few years. Breakthroughs in computing technology, handheld devices and increasingly usable software have all had major impacts on the logistics industry. While the mode and speed of transpiration has changed little (besides some trucks and cars being powered by cleaner fuel options), technology has actually changed logistics in practically every other way.
ERP Software Technology
The first big new technology is Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) software by industry giants such as SAP. ERP technology allows the efficient distribution of resources across an organization. That means that companies all across the logistics chain are becoming more sophisticated about inventory forecasting, seasonality and dynamic pricing. Logistics companies are increasingly using sophisticated forecasting methods, and demanding that logistics partners comply. For example, logistics firms are integrating their data into customer ERP systems to help dynamically update their systems to create automatic reordering, which increases overall logistics industry revenue.
Global Position System (GPS) Technology
GPS technology is he next big technological difference. GPS is now associated with practically everything in the industry. Every large shipping container, truck and delivery van has this technology. Most importantly, GPS is used by drivers to make the most efficient delivery route to their final destination. A driver can no longer be completely lost. Additionally, efficient routes have created enormous cost savings in fuel and time. Secondarily, GPS are used to help the customer identify where their goods are and when they will arrive, providing much more predictability. More predictability increase orders and revenue for the industry.
Advanced Stretch Wrappers and Case Sealers
A final important change is the increasingly sophisticated set of case sealers and stretch wrappers among other industrial machines. New case sealers can instantly and dynamically seal packages of a variety of different sizes in rapid succession. Similarly, new stretch wrappers envelop packages with wrapping by semi-automatic and automatic systems depending on the throughput. Premier manufacturers like SIAT S.p.A produces high quality case sealers and stretch wrappers with different functions depending on the demand. These machines improve the efficiency of distribution and logistics companies by reducing the time and cost associated with each package and improving shipping processes.
Technology has already had a huge impact on the logistics industry. The three examples above have transformed the way the logistics industry operations. While these changes have increased costs, their innovations have almost certainly increased the total revenue of the industry as well.