Gone are days of static analysis and planning. Deliveries are made not within charts and tables. They are made live, so should their scheduling and routing. All live. You know everything one glance, you can do everything in one click.
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.
With technology, innovation is always around the corner. Some more than others. We have all seen the hikes in interest and following for tech innovations to have them fizzle out. We are at the start of such an upswing. Take a step further back, and you will get to the topic, Blockchain.
Polar Vortex can disrupt logistics movement pushing up freight rates due to a shortage of trucks and drivers. Shipments may be delayed either due to rerouting away from snow-blocked highways or, being detained due to traffic bottlenecks. Multi-modal transport via railroads and ports are also affected.
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?
What is ‘innovation’? You may have heard the term fly around in business meetings, but what does it really mean to the chief strategist of the company? Innovation means, approaching a problem or an inefficiency from a different angle or viewpoint to derive more value from it. To put it a straight war, innovation is to create or harness more of what you already have.