The state of logistics continues to sway, and disruption is on the minds of everyone. Rather than taking more time to focus on the bad, it is imperative for shippers to approach disruption from another perspective, such as the last mile adoption of technology and how new forces in the market can improve last mile logistics. In fact, shippers need to rethink their perception of disruptors and start looking for ways to take advantage of new technologies in logistics and services that lower costs and improve transparency in shipping.
It’s easy to assume disruptors always fall under the adverse event category. However, disruptors may have a positive impact on the industry. For instance, the Uberization of trucking represents a disruptor that allows companies to tap the gig economy. Other examples include the rise of software-as-a-service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS). Such systems provide immediate relief to top concerns for logistics professionals and C-Suite executives, including lower costs, increased visibility, and a collaborative infrastructure. So, with the fact that disruptors simply imply a diversion from traditional approaches to supply chain management, any new technology or service can be labeled a disruptor and driving force in last mile adoption of technology.
Diversity in the market disrupted traditional logistics ecosystems. Instead of simply moving freight from manufacturer to reseller, freight now moves in virtually every direction and all possible destinations. In turn, last mile adoption of new technology represents the greatest disruptor of all. However, shippers must understand the various forms of technology that may impact logistics efficiency. As explained by Forbes, these include:
The world is changing in response to the economy, politics, public health needs, and international trade regulations. Meanwhile, customers continue to push the advancement of e-commerce, and they now expect to have the ability to buy anything online. Unfortunately, retailers still struggle with fulfilling on the promises, and staying competitive with Amazon and Walmart is overwhelming at best. As a result, shippers and C-Suite executives need to embrace last mile adoption of technology to stand out from the crowd and deliver on better service. These steps can help make that possible:
Freight costs are among the highest expenditures for most companies, exceeded only by labor costs and possibly facility costs. Unfortunately, last mile logistics have remained largely problematic and lacking in visibility. However, through the application of technology, shippers can finally achieve more visibility in the last mile, provide real-time location data to customers, and better manage costs. Cerasis has that technology and is consistently looking for ways to help shippers build a better shipping mousetrap.
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