Recently, Evofenedex published the online magazine “Trends in Logistics”. When reading this magazine, a really interesting article caught our eye. This article describes how the logistics sector could look like within 15 years. By using five topics the five biggest trends in logistics were discussed. These five trends are Chain cooperation, Cybersecurity and ICT, Sustainability and Digitalisation, Globalisation and Sharing.
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Last years chain cooperation became more important and will stay an important topic in the future. More than half of the interviewed people said chain cooperation is an important factor in the existence of logistics companies. Small steps are taken towards a well-founded chain cooperation, but there is still a long way to go. Some companies have embraced the chain cooperation and they choose for efficiency and control on the logistic chain. Nevertheless, others have not yet embraced the chain cooperation. One of the companies which have embraced the chain cooperation is our customer Interchains, they use our Logistics Control Tower. Interchains uses the Logistics Control Tower to bring shippers and transporters together. All the logistic activities are handled from one central point and the communication has considerably improved.
Cybersecurity and ICT
Half of the interviewed people admit the success of logistic companies depends on the quality of the cybersecurity. Among starting logistic managers even 80% said the success of logistic companies depends on the quality of the cybersecurity.
The importance of cybersecurity is not only taking away extern factors like to prevent malicious attacks from the outside by using firewalls, but also a safe user roles management to make use of the application. Security is one of the main priorities at Adaption. We took multiple measures to secure our users from cyberattacks and illegal use of the application by connected users. Read more about our security measures on our special security page.
Sustainability and digitalisation
Sustainability has become a key part of our daily life. Also within the logistic world sustainability plays an important role and this role will increase even more in the future. 60% of the experienced manager said efficiency is not necessarily more important than sustainability. Yet, efficiency and sustainability are easily able to go together.
Our customer HOYER is a good example of a logistics company where efficiency and sustainability are combined by digitalisation. HOYER uses our Maintenance & Repair software to make Big Data-analyses of the maintenance and the repair of their tank containers. Because HOYER is able to predict the necessary maintenance they are able to prevent future repairs. The maintenance can be planned efficiently, while the lifespan of a tank container increases. Other big advantages are reducing unnecessary transports and preventing dangerous situations because of a leak of dangerous substances.
Globalisation is very important, but local-for-local should not be forgotten. Consumers value the production source more and more. Local transportation keeps having its value for the economy. Yet, globalisation keeps playing a big role in the logistics world. The statement that companies which only operate nationwide will not exist anymore within 15 years is not right, according to the respondents.
Logistic cloud software helps the logistic market globalise. Logistic cloud software allows users to use the software 24/7, everywhere in the world and from every device possible. The users are always able to manage their logistics processes and activities.
Sharing data can be considered the “most scary” trend at the moment. In practice, we notice companies are willing to slowly start sharing data within the logistic chain, but they are very hesitant. The research shows that half of the logistic managers think that sharing data will not be happening within the next 15 years. Sharing data, especially concerning warehousing, transport and staff, will be delayed. However, in the near future small steps can be made. Our customer NBK, for example, shares the real-time statuses of the stock with their customers.