Logistics management is changing. To ensure competitiveness, service and quality, the actors in the transport chain must change roles and working methods. At the same time, technological developments are providing new opportunities when it comes to sharing and deriving benefit from information in the transport chain.
The changes in the logistics market are taking place increasingly rapidly. CMP points to some trends and external factors that are affecting our industry and which it is therefore important to follow.
● Global consolidation among container companies, which, via alliances and other types of collaboration, want to ensure their competitiveness and their market positions. Collaboration enables the shipping companies to increase their range of services, strengthen their offer and improve their customer service.
● New collaborations, where several large shipping companies have started to join forces with new types of company, principally IT and e-commerce companies, which have not traditionally been a part of the logistics sector. The aim is to digitalise more of the freight flow/logistics chain and strengthen their own control over the parts of this chain.
● Digitalisation, where phenomena such as the Internet of Things and block chain are opening up new possibilities in the logistics chain. ”Smart” technological solutions are being introduced which can provide information on a continuous basis about the freight, for example, changes in temperature inside a container. This type of aid enables increased control and monitoring of the flow of goods.
● Connectivity, which means that trains, lorries or ships that transport freight are linked together with terminals and other hubs in a common information flow with a high level of security. The information is open and shared between actors in the transport chain in a way that provides overview and control, and also reduces the need for manual handling.
● Automation in terminal management where the aim is increased efficiency, including through reducing the need for manual inputs. Automation facilitates faster and more standardised freight flows. One of the challenges is the interface between operators and technology, which needs to be dealt with correctly in order to benefit from the potential that the technology provides. Of equal importance is being able to analyse and utilise all the data that is generated in the systems.