People have always been looking for ways to move massive quantities of goods efficiently, faster, and cheaply since time immemorial. Over time, the invention of airplanes, automobiles, and rail provided a primary solution to the problem of bulk transportation of cargo. Logistics companies have been using these avenues to deliver services to clients for decades now, but that’s just about to change. The invention of technologies such as the internet, computers, and online based transport systems are about to change the Canadian logistics industry as we know it.
The delivery of logistics services will in the foreseeable future encompass recent innovations such augmented reality, self-driving automobiles, internet of things (IoT), and 3D Printing. The incorporation of these innovations into the industry will be focused on the provision of fast, secure, accurate, and seamless services. Technological Innovation has always been the industry’s driving force. Let’s take a look at how each these technologies affect the delivery of services.
AR Technology uses video, sound, and other computer-generated sensory inputs to provide an augmented direct or indirect view of the real world. Augmented reality makes you more aware of your surrounding by giving you an enhanced view of the world around you in real time. If properly integrated into the logistics industry, AR will the speed of delivery and handling of goods.
The ability of self-driving cars to navigate and sense surrounding environment with minimum human intervention could be a great tool for the industry. Driverless cars will also eliminate the risk of accidents since they are better drivers than people.
Logistics companies could soon start using drones to deliver small packages soon and increase the speed of delivery. Drones are little, unmanned airplanes flown using inbuilt software-controlled flight plans or remote control.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Clients will be able to keep track of the conditions of the goods in transit through the integration of cloud-based GPS along with IoT. The technology will increase visibility in the transportation of goods, which happens to be one the biggest challenges in logistics.
3D Printing allows anyone to create different parts of a product on plastic, metal, or other materials with a 3D printer. On mass scale, this innovative technology can be used by logistics providers to shorten the supply chain.
The future of logistics companies is paved with technology and innovation. In current times, the industry is going through a series of unprecedented, rapid transformation. In Canada, the industry is facing immense pressure from its primary clients, retailers, and manufacturers to embrace these innovations in the delivery of services. Some logistics providers are slowly and carefully trying to integrate these technologies to achieve sustainable, reliable, cheaper, and faster delivery. You can visit 3PL Links for additional information and insights.