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The logistics industry connects the world, supporting trade, and acting as a catalyst for growth and development.


Digitalizing logistics is driving growth across the industry

The digital transformation of the industry is well underway, creating exciting shifts in every part of logistics operations and the supply chain, from acquisition to delivery.

The present era of logistics is characterized by intelligent objects transforming traditional logistics and supply chain processes into intelligent systems.

What is shaping the industry?

Digitalizing logistics and supply chain operations are driving growth and opportunities across the industry.

Therefore, to adapt to a changing world, businesses seek to improve the flexibility and sustainability of their operations while improving their technical expertise.

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  • Supergrid logistics

    The trend of supergrid logistics signifies the next era of consolidation, orchestration, and optimization of global supply chain networks.

    Supergrid logistics are global supply chains arranged in a grid-like structure integrating borders, sectors, and services.

    It establishes a single global entity or platform that integrates all actors across multiple supply chains, from production enterprises to logistics providers. Moreover, it ensures that any combination of internally and externally operated services can be seamlessly selected, orchestrated, or executed on demand.

    The leveraging of the supergrid grants businesses access to a new level of market transparency to support established fourth-party suppliers, specialized companies, and local companies' access to the global market.

  • Data-driven logistics

    Data-driven insights are powering transformation across the logistics industry. As global supply chains become more complex, logistics businesses can access unprecedented volumes of data across their supply chain.

    Data not only delivers insight to optimize processes but enables logistics businesses to personalize services in line with customer demands, mitigate disaster risks, and potential bottlenecks in supply chains, and ensure readiness for any circumstance through simulating operations.

    Today, supply chains face significant challenges. However, adopting data-driven logistics can help businesses to pivot in the face of uncertainty.

  • Robotics and automation

    Through technological advancements and greater affordability, robotics solutions are transforming supply chain operations to be faster, safer, and more productive.

    As robots adopt more roles across the supply chain, they can assist businesses across numerous operations, from warehousing to transportation and last-minute delivery activities.

    By delivering proficiency that matches and exceeds human capabilities, robotics can help reduce warehouse labor costs. In addition, the automation of physical tasks allows the assignment of labor to more complex tasks and, in the process, boosts productivity and improves worker safety.

  • Future of work: Are data scientists replacing truck drivers?

    As automation becomes a central aspect of logistics operations, and since manual and repetitive tasks will soon become the responsibility of robots, businesses and the workforce must adapt.

    Logistics businesses must look to prioritize technical and people-facing skills in the pursuit of their workforces of the future.

    They must identify digital talent, software engineers, and data scientists, and individuals with excellent critical thinking and creativity to meet customer needs and drive innovation across the sector.

  • Next-generation security

    As new technologies drive the transformation of the logistics industry, it also inadvertently creates space for unknown risks.

    Therefore, as entire supply chains digitalize and connect, companies must shield vulnerabilities from increasing threats of cyberattacks and leverage intelligent technology to guarantee the physical security of their products to remain a step ahead of harm.

  • Sustainable logistics

    As pressure from customers and governments mounts for sustainable solutions, logistics companies seek environmentally friendly practices across their supply chains.

    Therefore, as demand for greener solutions drives technological investments across warehousing, transportation, and packaging, it is creating an upward cycle that will allow greener alternatives to direct the future of the logistics industry.

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