Emerging trends in logistics 2021

10 Feb 2021
Tendencias en logística 2021

The healthcare crisis has had a brutal impact on society and the economy around the globe. This has also been the case in the field of logistics, where a number of trends are emerging within the logistics and transportation field as supply chain management attempts to adapt to a time dominated by uncertainty.

Since mid-March 2020, the situation has changed radically to the point of calling into question axioms that until a few months ago seemed truly settled and immutable.

In the past, logistics management focused on agility and the reduction of redundant processes in order to reduce costs and facilitate the arrival of products to different markets in ever shorter times.

With the arrival of the pandemic, the agile supply chain management model, typical of just-in-time services, has been overtaken by a new situation that is totally unexpected and that makes to look towards other trends that are gaining momentum and that allow adapting supply chain operations to a different reality. to the existing one until March 2020.

As a result, a number of trends are emerging that focus on addressing new risks through the intensive use of technology, in an attempt to provide service during a process of transformation in consumer habits.


The seven emerging logistics trends for 2021

1.- Resilience

According to a survey conducted by Gartner in the middle of last year, only 21% of respondents have a resilient supply chain. This low percentage reflects the fact that there is ample scope for enhancing logistics management capable of adapting to changes quickly and responding quickly to any incident.

Resilient supply chains seek to adapt with tactical measures to a changing and uncertain reality as left by the current scenario.

2.- Integral visibility

A resilient supply chain can only be achieved through complete visibility of all the links in the supply chain.

Real-time visibility provides a control tower from which to have precise information on everything that happens in the chain and to adapt management to the changing market environment.

3.- In real time

Real-time management makes it possible to react quickly to any risk that may affect the supply chain. To do this, the flow of data must be channeled in an efficient manner to generate relevant information that can be used to generate a reaction.

In the same vein, the automation of data management will allow, according to a McKinsey report last year, the development of logistics As a Aervice (SCaaS-Supply Chain as a Service) as a business option.

Technology and digitization of processes

In recent years, logistics has become an activity with a high technological component. Integrating Big Data, IoT, Blockchain, AI, etc. into their business processes Apart from moving goods, the supply chain moves a huge volume of data of high strategic value for companies.

Intensive use of new technologies can reduce costs, improve equipment and personnel performance and, most importantly, provide added value to the customer in the form of accurate, real-time information about the goods.

The automation of data management will make it possible to develop a Supply Chain as a Service.

5.- The human factor is essential

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of human capital so that logistics management has developed a fundamental role in guaranteeing the supply of the population.

The personnel of logistics and transportation companies have acted on the front line as essential personnel.

Without well-trained personnel, technology cannot develop its full potential. In addition, a company’s human team is its face before customers, the yardstick by which the reliability and efficiency of any company is measured.

6.- Sustainability

Sustainability is a major social challenge that also has a correlative impact on logistics management.

The pandemic has not only not slowed down the logistics sector’s commitment to more environmentally responsible operations, but has actually boosted them, in line with increased social pressure.

The energy transformation in vehicles is accompanied by the development of energy-saving halls and warehouses. Similarly, more and more companies are aiming for a carbon-neutral supply chain over the next two decades.

In addition to implementing 100% paperless transport operations, with 100% digital documentation processing and with total legal guarantee through the digitalization of delivery notes, document scanning, digital signature, eCMR and contactless processes.

Risk management

The health crisis has demonstrated the great importance of proper risk management. There has long been a motto in logistics that any supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

As Harvard Business Review points out in a recent article, the big challenge for companies right now is to achieve resilient supply chains, but without losing the competitiveness that previous agile logistics management brought.

To this end, companies must develop policies for managing the risks and threats that threaten the transport chain, in order to establish preventive measures to avoid interruptions in the logistics flow and corrective actions to deal with possible security impacts.

FIELDEAS Track and Trace provides the end-to-end supply chain visibility you need to anticipate delivery movements through predictive information on all your operations.

You will be able to manage the supply chain with the agility that logistics management requires in this era that is opening up after the covid-19 pandemic, in line with the trends that are opening up in logistics and transportation.

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Lola Hurtado

Marketing Manager at FIELDEAS

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