The pandemic has had a significant impact on the logistics and shipping sectors, forcing businesses to rethink their supply chain tactics. Fresh COVID- Supply systems around the world are already under threat from 19 outbreaks. China's measures to stop the spread of Omicron by shutting down shipping terminals caused a lockjam of cargo ships. A similar scenario was seen in US and European ports that were congested as a result of a significant increase in cargo.
Additionally, these difficulties have been made worse by the tremendous staff shortage in the US. Although there are more job openings than before, the total strength of the workforce has taken a hit. A report by WNS and Corinium Intelligence reveals that over 60% of shipping and logistics organizations have amped up the automation aspect of their operations by two years. So, what does that mean for the future? In this article, we will talk about the four most promising trends that will define the shipping and logistics industry in 2025.
Live Monitoring Powered by Big Data and the Digital Twin Technologies
Big data is simplifying the ability to be agile, efficient, and cost-effective, and connectivity with other technologies and elements of the infrastructure is driving a real-time view of the supply chain
further. Other innovations such as drones and self-driving trucks will contribute to this real-time update and processing of massive amounts of data. In addition, tracking software for freight will provide even greater visibility to customers and enterprises.
Automated Planning Through Collaboration Between Humans and Machines
Artificial intelligence (AI)AI in shipping and logistics has grown exponentially in areas of planning. AI applications are used to alter transportation and route planning. According to Gartner, by 2030, AI augmentation, will surpass other forms of AI application and account for 44% of all AI-powered value. Predictive alerting is a prominent example of augmented intelligence. Smart alerts based on predictive analytics can be used by logistics professionals to carry out a variety of crucial tasks, such as estimating truck arrival times, anticipating equipment maintenance and product damage, and organizing for a spike in demand.
Hyper-local Supply Chains
Enterprise will downsize and bring their supply chains onshore over the course of the next few years, ushering in the next generation of hyper-local logistics. The two forces driving this transition are the need to stay agile and resilient to counter disruption and meet challenging customer demands for same-day delivery. The global same-day delivery market is estimated to reach a value of USD 20.36 billion by the year 2027. This will cultivate a hyper-local service to meet the growing demand.
An emphasis on sustainability will be the highlight of the shipping and logistics industry. Enhanced connectivity will enable enterprises to optimize their human as well as robotic resources.
The shipping and logistics industry has been forced to accelerate their digital adoption and increase their resilience due to the uncertainty in the past couple of years. Establishing real-time visibility, leveraging human-machine collaboration, adopting hyper-local logistics, and improving sustainability are all ways that businesses are preparing for the future.