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Article | March 9, 2020
As I flew to Dallas, I worked on this post. Before boarding the plane, I watched a traveler pull a diet Coke from the bin and thought about the struggle to source sweetener with the rise of COV-19. As I poured the dog food into the bowl for my pups, I wondered if I was going to have to switch kibble due to the looming issues of sourcing taurine—a health additive in many pet foods. Over the weekend, as I shopped at Lowes, it was hard for me to not think about the pending shortage of Titanium dioxide—an important ingredient in white paint and consider if I should stockpile it for the house I need to paint.
The transport and logistics industry has a lot of suppliers who have had to change the model of their business in the last few years. Many of them have had to adapt and deploy innovative technologies, so, that shipping cab becomes more sustainable flexible and efficient as the growth of the industry continues. This has resulted in the disruption of the traditional business model that transportation and logistics companies are known for. As a matter of fact, in the coming decades, some of these business models will be fully upended, an example of this is the freight brokerage.
Logistics and infrastructure play a vital role in the growth of an economy. Logistics as a sector has undergone massive transformation over the past decade, especially with the introduction of e-commerce, and has earned a fair share of consumer facing innovations and development. Therefore, in the face of intense competition, and opening up of global markets, focus on building and positioning a logistics brand becomes critical.
There’s no shortage of challenges for the logistics industry, whether it’s growing global tensions or trade wars. But technology is providing opportunities for improvement – and artificial intelligence (AI) is driving a lot of that change. Data in logistics was historically underutilised. But now the ability to capture and organise big data is enabling innovation in advanced analytics, automation and artificial and augmented intelligence – optimising entire delivery cycles as a result.
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