Elastic logistics is the new and evolved version of ‘lean supply chain movement’. As technology has caught up with logistics, latest delivery schedule and route planning help companies are on top of all market demand fluctuations and keep their products on shelves at all times or reach the consumer’s door within a day or two.
According to the American Trucking Associations, freight tonnage hauled by trucks would increase by 27% (between 2016 and 2027). With global retail sales to touch $27 trillion by 2020, it just adds to the problems of high volume and restricted resources. Most of these companies would win or lose based on how they optimize their last mile deliveries.
Technology has enabled us to record, plan, allocate, dispatch, track, validate, and analyze all freight movement from a single dashboard with clear and real-time actionable insights in an easy-to-understand format. This leads to an agile, reactive, and dynamic setup for a company’s transportation management system.
Enterprise mobility solutions are unlocking a new phase of benefits with respect to resource movement efficiency. With multiple industries and markets getting more and more focused on consumerism while finding new and better ways to satisfying the increasing global retail and e-commerce demand.
Under-utilized capacity carries a clear cost which adds to the cost-per-unit carried by the resource. It isn’t feasible to run under-utilized resources to fulfill the ever-increasing demand created due to expectations of on-demand, same, or next day deliveries. On-demand and preferred slot delivery (or pick-up) is made more efficient with the use of an auto-allocation engine.
Jack Ma inaugurated the world’s first Digital Free Trade Zone in Malaysia to boost e-commerce and small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Southeast Asia. Considering Malaysia’s proclivity in the Asian region, This Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) would act as a perfect platform for physical and virtual business set-ups to leverage the recent boom of online businesses. Malaysia’s DFTZ is set to handle more than $65 billion worth of goods at full functionality.
Like any market driven model, logistics management software would come in to the central focus as more and more companies are utilizing them and reaping rich rewards. In the next five years, it will all be about quick and fast deliveries with logistics analytics, 100% location accuracy, and complete end-to-end visibility. LogiNext offers all this and much more, so we know the future is bright.
We now stand at the forefront of the optimization revolution. Never has sweeping transformational changes benefited multiple industries more than right now. GST holds up the promise of total realignment and restructuring of how logistics movement happens across the nation. There would some resistance from some companies, as many are set in the way they have been doing things over a period and are averse to any sudden change.
Field service management and logistics management have grown, as an industry, at 18% CAGR. How has this part of the economic world been immune to global market fluctuations? It’s simple. Logistics movement is an integral part of the business model of every company. You have a product or a service, you must take it to the market or bring the customer to your market.
There is a clear and strong shift in the tide where several retail players have adopted the best features of e-commerce and turned themselves into omni-channel behemoths. What has triggered this change in fortunes for the average retailers?