Archive for August, 2019

The world is changing faster than ever before, with advances in technology altering the way we do things in almost every aspect of life. Warehouses are no exception. Technology has also given rise to ecommerce and it is technology that has helped raise its popularity. This online retail revolution has had significant implications for the warehousing industry, from the way they operate, to their scale of business, with an average US warehouse increasing 143% in size, according to an article on Supply Chain Drive.

So, when we look at the impact on the warehousing industry, we once again look at technology for solutions to address the changes.


Warehouse technology has advanced tremendously, with the use of different types of inventory management and courier software to support the growing needs of the consumer. Mobile courier software can be used on smartphones and tablets, leading to more efficient management, improved protection of data, and real time information through a single dashboard.


Ecommerce has changed the definition of a good location for a warehouse. Earlier, warehouses needed to be located where the zoning regulations were lenient. But now, with the surge in same day and next day deliveries, the prime location for warehouses has shifted to places close to large cities.


In today’s fast-paced world, where everyone expects their orders to be delivered as quickly as possible, there is a huge demand of innovative storage solutions. For instance, take Amazon’s “chaotic storage,” in which new items are placed on the nearest available shelf, instead of placing items in alphabetic or price-based order. The system may look chaotic and untidy to an outside observer, but with the help of automated technologies, the system is able to manage warehouse inventory in one of the best and most efficient ways, according to an article on System ID.


With the booming warehouse industry, driven to a large extent by ecommerce, the demand for warehousing has increased as well. With such high demand, every part of the warehouse machinery must work perfectly, including the workers. Warehouses have improved their training efforts, training new hires quickly, so that they can add to the productivity of the warehouse as soon as possible. Workers understanding the protocols and the technology is necessary for the efficient functioning of a warehouse.

Ecommerce has brought about a revolution in the warehouse industry, with the changes set to be even greater in the near future. While this gives the warehouse industry a reason to celebrate, it also means seeking better technology solution for logistics management.

August 6, 2019



The idea that smartphones have irrevocably changed the world is hard to dispute. After all, you only need to watch local foot traffic for a few minutes to see at least one person walking around engrossed in their screen. A more relevant question for those in the supply chain industry is whether such changes are truly beneficial.

Let’s not kid ourselves – Smartphones are essential to the way modern companies do business. It’s important, however, not to get so wrapped up in the power of technology that we lose sight of its business implications.


Smartphones democratize access to information, so it makes sense that they’re integral players in warehousing, shipping, and other logistics affairs. For instance, if your delivery dispatch software connects to your drivers’ smartphones, then they can fulfill orders more fluidly without having to report back to a live person or check with you for instructions.


Can continuous access also have less-than-ideal impacts? The concept might not be so far-fetched, and it has been proven by the American Psychological Association that constant smartphone usage contributes to anxiety and other stress factors. It’s easy to imagine how adding smartphones to the mix could make life even more hectic for delivery drivers or distract them inappropriately.


On the other hand, using smartphones wisely might make common workflows more manageable. By enhancing the information available to their fulfillment workers, logistics and e-commerce enterprises stand to stay on task and cultivate better habits.

Imagine that you were a delivery driver who served a regular route. In the old days, you might have been required to deal with seemingly random daily load outs and routing practices that forced you to contend with traffic and fuel waste. Thanks to smartphone-capable dispatch software, you can now plan trips out in advance to avoid pitfalls and get more done with less work. Although the potential for burnout always exists in a fast-paced environment, giving employees more useful productivity tools lets them tackle workloads without quite as much uncertainty.


One of the most poignant benefits of smartphones is that they can help reduce loss. For instance, in May 2019, cargo handling companies demonstrated the ability to track perishable consignment temperatures in real time using near-field communications, or NFC, sensors as goods traveled from Mexico to Kuwait. As this form of loss-prevention monitoring becomes the standard, the entire supply chain industry will feel the impetus to use feedback more efficiently or lose market share.

Such initiatives are clearly within the realm of possibility, but smartphones make them practical. Although the IoT technologies needed for tasks like keeping close tabs on global shipments are still in their infancy, the tools that help humans interface with data in readily accessible formats are already everywhere. Whether you let your employees bring their own smart hardware or provide official company devices for interacting with your dispatch routing software, you’ll thrive more if you keep everyone connected.

The global logistics industry has had to evolve very quickly with the rise of e-commerce and digital literacy. Global supply chains aim at being faster, smarter and more customer-centric today. To achieve this, they are investing in logistics service providers that can best cater to the demands of customers. This will lead to the global logistics market registering a CAGR of about 7% by the end of 2022, according to an article by Technavio.


1. Proliferation of 3PL and 5PL

More than 90% Fortune 100 companies and over 85% of the Fortune 500 companies used third-party logistics services in 2015, according to an article by Key Software Systems. The rapid increase of 3PL services contributed the most to the global logistics market share. This trend is expected to continue in 2019, helping carriers benefit from faster courier dispatch, reduced delivery time, tracking and planning. The fifth party logistics providers link e-business to achieve lesser cost targets.

2. Last Mile Delivery Management

This is one of the most crucial aspects of standing apart from the competitors. The same-day delivery market is growing exponentially, keeping pace with the rising customer expectations. This change is most prominent in the pharmaceuticals and food and beverage industries. Ultimate customer satisfaction is achieved only through on-time delivery.

3. The Upsurge of Green Logistics

Companies all across the world are looking forward to implementing sustainable development goals for their businesses. This means decreasing the environmental impact of transportation and supply chains. The result of this move would be strong company reputation, the loyalty of customers, reduction in costs and product innovations, all of which are great for both businesses and the consumer.

4. Increase in Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) Shipment

This has enabled manufacturers to sell their products directly to their customers through online stores. This helps them close the gaps between the supply chain and the consumer on various platforms. Retailers no longer need to ensure inventories and storage space. And, for the consumer, it means better prices and easier shopping experiences.

5. Drones and Smart Glasses

The way forward for logistics is through smart technology. These tools help increase the speed of delivery while affording better flexibility. This makes last-mile delivery more efficient in both urban and rural areas. Hands-free route searches and face recognition ensure error-free delivery. Artificial Intelligence-powered smart glasses also help increase operational efficiency.

Supply chains are welcoming these trends in open logistics network to not only meet the expectations of their customers but to also position themselves better in the market, according to an article by Mixmove.


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