From“hands-free” wearables to sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) to robotics- smart technologies and automation can profoundly change logistics, supply chain management and how global business is conducted. These devices and smart equipment capture and generate unprecedented amounts of data along the supply chain. By harnessing the big data generated coupled with our broad spectrum of capabilities in advanced data science and machine learning, these technologies unleash endless possibilities in transforming and enhancing the overall supply chain. These smart technologies and automation devices interact and collaborate with human employees to overcome inefficiencies and challenges in traditional supply chain operations. They result in greater performance and productivity with reduced resources while enabling faster delivery with better exquisite customer experiences.
Our showcase features Logistics Trend Radar of smart technologies and innovations. Some examples include: - Robotics in Logistics 1 An emerging technology trend that will greatly affect businesses in a positive way. Intelligent collaborative robots advances operations, improve skills of accuracy, precision and strength. - Internet of Things 2 IoT-enabled tagging of assets allows supply chains to obtain greater real-time visibility and control. - Omni-Channel Logistics 3 The word omni means “all: in all ways, places, etc.” and “without limits”. Anomni-channelsupply chain means the product or service can be ensured in the right place, at the right time. - Big Data in Logistics 4 Derivation of data-driven insights through big data analytics to achieve effective business decision making. - Self-driving Vehicles 5 An autonomous vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.Self-driving vehicles will change the world of logistics, as well as many aspects of our personal and business lives. - Augmented Reality 6 Every object you see could be enriched with additional and valuable information through the expansion of physical reality by adding layers of computer-generated information to the real environment. -Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) 7 Commonly known as drones, UAV is an aircraft without human pilots. Applications that are discussed include o Urban First and Last Mile Delivery o Rural Delivery o Surveillance of Logistic Infrastructures o Use for Intralogistics
A well-managed supply chain is crucial for almost all established industries in today's competitive environment.By turning research into practice and taking a pro-active approach to leverage technological trends, these smart technologies help companies stay ahead of the curve through intelligent supply chain automation in design, planning, execution, control, delivery and monitoring of goods. Some of the use-case examples include telematics smart sensors for location and full-condition monitoring (e.g., temperature and humidity) in freight transportation, augmented reality glasses for item pickup/placement in warehouses, data-driven real-time route optimization for last-mile deliveries and intelligent robots for handling of dangerous goods. The potential is limitless.
- Increase in customer satisfaction through improved order and delivery experience - Improved last-mile delivery networks through smart technologies make deliveries faster and increase customer satisfaction - Predictive maintenance using data gathered from real-time monitoring reduces down-time for logistics player and customers - Smart monitoring of goods through sensors ensure better product quality delivered to customers - Achieves individualized product and service offerings for the end-customer Source: DHL Trend Report 2017