Transport and logistics experts see 2023 as a turning point for the industry. This year is expected to see massive investment in new technologies and IT – commercial drones, cyber security, artificial intelligence, sustainability and reduced environmental impact. Here are the top four trends in transport and logistics we’re looking forward to!
Trends in transport and logistics
1. Drone delivery
Business wants to incorporate this technology into the delivery sector. By 2023, commercial drone regulations are expected to be upgraded to make room for this new method of airborne delivery. With its new Prime Air program, Amazon hopes to quickly and safely meet the needs of customers everywhere. For now, Amazon is testing its drone delivery service in Lockford, California. At the same time, Google, Walmart, FedEx and UPS have shown interest in this direction and are also developing their drone delivery platforms.
2. Cyber security
Cyber-attacks on supply chains can involve considerable financial loss or theft of personal customer information. These types of attacks cause massive damage within a logistics supply chain. Therefore, cyber attacks are likely to cost the logistics industry more in the near future than physical theft of goods. Industry experts believe that this year, companies large and small will no longer ignore this threat.
3. Environmental impact
A big trend we expect to see growing in 2023 is the continued focus on sustainability and efforts to protect the environment. Increasing consumer awareness of supply chain emissions, coupled with increasingly stringent government regulations will push companies towards low-carbon solutions or clean technologies in the coming years. We will see an expansion of companies sourcing sustainable raw materials, leveraging new technologies that create fewer emissions and carbon offsets to reduce environmental impacts.
4. Artificial intelligence
Most transport and logistics companies faced a major supply chain crisis during the pandemic years. That’s why the big players in the industry are moving from an exclusively reactive approach to a more proactive one. Autonomous planning helps supply chains to operate more efficiently, optimizing every step of the process. That’s why it is expected that by 2023, the majority of consumer packaged goods organizations will move towards autonomous supply chain planning tools.