How technology has impacted logistics?


In order to keep up with the ever-swelling pace of the technological advancements that have crept into all the industrial domains of the 21st century, logistics too have embraced the changes and are striving to comply with the latest market anticipations. For the uninitiated, logistics is essentially the mechanism of planning and executing efficacious storage and transportation of goods their origin to destination of consumption.

Even though previously the concept of logistics was fundamentally circumscribed by trucks and modular infrastructure, presently, with the growing influence of technology, it has enhanced its means and resultantly, accommodates a wide range of efficient ideas that were so long unknown to man. With the escalating demand graph, alterations in consumption patterns and effects of global treaties, transporting channels, warehousing, GPS solutions, and mobile computers have undergone major conversion to improve the pre-existing parameters and standards of logistics. This implies that with the continuation of technological developments, companies should try harder to acquaint with the vicissitudes and ensure that their labors are in sync with the present-day trends.

In the following section, we will take you through some technological growths that have driven logistics in constructive ways and promise better days for the future.

  • Security

More than anything else, technology has diligently tightened very existing facet of logistics and rightfully so. Strapping and practical software systems have been designed to boost cybersecurity in the digital age and furnish the users with a reliable platform to thoroughly analyze the susceptible constituents lingering in their network. Additionally, IoT has upgraded the overall amenities of technology and made it available for the components of the Warehouse and Logistics management system that exercises the privilege of data transmission through internet and cloud computing. Apart from this, regular prospects of testing and auditing have made their way into mainstream logistics to recognize the problems and their underlying causes and consequently scan and fix the potential threats. 

  • Shipment tracking system

Gone are those days when shipment inevitably had a cloud of ambiguity hovering over it which compelled the customers tobook their consignments and wait until the estimated delivery date to receive their parcels. Currently, with the exaltation of technology and parcel tracking software at your disposal, wave all these uncertainties goodbye and welcome the 24*7 customer access to tracking and shipping. Besides refining the complete experience, customers are spared from devoting their precious time comprehending the elaborate stages of shipment and paying more to the company as well. Most of the shipment companies today have their own proof of delivery app that facilitates both the customer and firm to feed in details about the parcel and send and generate notifications informing the receiver about its status, ETA, and other crucial shreds of information.

  • Automatic trucks and drones

Accept it or not, we are certain that all of our readers, at some point in their lives have dreaded the human-created traffic on road and wished to resort to something that is machine-driven and steer clear from the complications and delay triggered by man. Well, it’s time to rejoice because this fantasy too has been transformed into reality by technology. Autonomous cars have already taken over the roads and if predictions are to be believed, trucks are not far behind. Regardless of the degree of automation, the vehicles will have a driver on the main seat but, his responsibilities will be curtailed and he will only have to monitor the computer thereby, accelerating the delivery process. For instance, recently Amazon has announced that in a few years’ time, all of its orders will be shipped and delivered at the doorstep of their customers by a drone called Amazon Prime Air. All of this cumulatively infers that it will not be long until we can get our hands on accurate and hassle-free delivery of shipments in whichever part of the world we want.

  • GPS will increase accuracy

Printing maps with an elaborate layout of the directions and coupling it with a compass before heading out on a journey is now the thing of the past. Today, you will see almost everybody capitalizing on the perks of GPS, be it your mailman or taxi driver and justifiably so. But, a question that can possibly hit your mind at this point is, GPS existed since time immemorial then, how is being brought into the limelight now? The answer is very simple and straightforward- technology has perfected its precision and thereby, enabled the drivers to effectually cover more areas in their supply chain. The unreasonable aggravation of finding the right route, getting stuck amidst heavy traffic, struggling to find a way out from what looks like a honeycomb maze and keeping a track of the number of the parcels delivered have been eliminated, courtesy technology. The customers, on the other hand, have benefitted from the boon because of its manifold productivity generated from the opening that lets them track the trucks’ locations and receive updated data about the halts if any.

  • Cloud computing and analytics

The process of harboring data capture has been in the domains of logistics for quite some while now but, the companies miserably failed at organizing the data that was made available and assessing them for analytical purposes. Nevertheless, with the implementation of cloud-based computing, the picture has been reversed hence, turning the tables for the better. The renewed version of the software has strengthened the groundwork indispensable for competently controlling and manipulating the data. The chief objective of the renewed systems is to render the meticulous status of the ongoing activities and the progress made on the plans so far while issuing analytical and evocative pieces of suggestion to build up the operations and warn about the impending glitches before they ruin the entire set-up.

Technology is gearing for something even grander by the day to multiply the success rate, exactitude, and efficiency in every purview that is looking forward to it with unmitigated hope including logistics. Assuming that the industry will abide by the correct methods of implementation of these ideas and conveniences, it wouldn’t be completely wrong to state that customers will be bestowed with more and more satisfaction and the companies will reach their goal sooner than the stipulated time.