In the logistics industry, it is important to stay ahead of the curve and be aware of the latest trends.
From the continued growth of e-commerce to the rise of autonomous vehicles, logistics is evolving rapidly and those who stay ahead of the curve will be best positioned for success.
So, what should businesses be watching out for in 2022? Here are the three major logistics trends to keep an eye on.
1. Continual Growth of E-Commerce
With the rise of smart devices, the increasing demand for convenience, and the growth of social media platforms, e-commerce is growing day by day. In fact, it has become a huge part of our lives, with more people shopping online and many businesses seeing the benefits of having an online presence.
As e-commerce becomes more popular, the demand for warehousing and delivery services increases. Businesses that wish to stay competitive need to find a way to offer those services. Many are turning to third-party providers to help them meet the high demand. This is great news for companies that offer these services, as it means more business opportunities and increased profits.
However, it can be challenging for businesses to keep up with the demand, especially if they don’t have the necessary resources in place. The continued growth in e-commerce will require greater efficiency and flexibility from logistics providers. That’s why it’s important to work with a company that has a lot of experience in this field and can provide the support needed to meet customers’ needs.
2. Increased Use Of Digitalisation, Automation, And Robotics
With the growth in e-commerce and lack of available manpower, the use of digitalisation, automation, and robotics is becoming increasingly important to improve efficiency and accuracy.
Digitalisation not only helps companies to streamline data flowing through their operations, but also allows them to gain data-based insights that can help with improving efficiencies, such as understanding its real-time condition and gaining better visibility on the operations.
By automating processes such as picking and packing as well as sorting and dispatch, businesses can free up human resources to carry out other activities. Automated devices help to assist the movement of goods as well as improve their handling. For example, robotic arms with sensors that can determine the shape and structure of an object, then grasp it. Meanwhile, some devices are fixed and have goods brought to them by Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). Other devices travel to the goods in order to retrieve and move them.
Increasingly, companies are also turning to robotics to manage their logistics operations. Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) were deployed as couriers in Singapore to ease the delivery manpower crunch. These robots make use of maps, computers, and onboard sensors to understand and interpret the environment.
3. Increasing Demand For Green Initiatives
Over the past few years, the public has become more environmentally conscious. While some sceptics may argue that this shift in attitude is simply a fad, it doesn’t seem likely to dissipate any time soon. In fact, many experts believe that demand for sustainable practices will only continue to grow in the coming years.
Our traditional model of shipping and freight involves a lot of waste and pollution. Green, sustainable logistics could be the answer to our environmental problems.
There are many different measures that businesses can take to reduce the environmental impact of their logistics operations. Businesses can take the following actions to make their logistics operations more sustainable:
● Less shipping
● Smaller containers
● More local delivery
● Choosing green transportation options
● Using environmentally friendly packaging
● Reducing waste
By making these changes, companies can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve sustainability.
Get Ready For The Future In 2022
2022 will be an exciting year for the logistics industry. By keeping an eye on the above trends, businesses can get prepared today to deliver greater value tomorrow.
At Halcon Primo Logistics (HPL) Pte Ltd, we have been providing logistics and supply chain management services in the Asia Pacific region for many years, with various ISO certifications. We serve as a one-point of contact for all our customers’ logistics requirements and provide them with customised solutions to suit their needs. Contact us to simplify your logistics process today.