Since Amazon hasannounced their plans to incorporate, drones in their last mile deliveries, theidea has shaken the market. However it is still in concept phase and reality ofseeing it working is still expected in coming years. The motive for this ideais the evolved on a fact that, traveling a man to deliver the product is mostunproductive, time-consuming tasks. Similar to the drones, there are alreadysome mobile robots in some warehouses, which work 4 times faster than humansand perform all taske including processing a order.AutonomousFleet Brings Greater Efficiency As a result ofnew technologies and innovation, supply chain IT continues to make cloudtransaction. And it can make possible for supply chain and logistics people tosit remotely and administrate the operation. With this kind of working style,we can cut down lot of operational costs and save money for the company.The Rise of the Virtual LogisticsTeam Themostcost-intensive part of the supply chain is for the race of the last mile.
Inlogistic chain, the final delivery of goods will be from distribution centre toretail store or consumer’s front door. The demand for last mile resources hasincreased , the explosion in omni-channel retail. As a result of this, we canexpect a rise in the emergence of crowd-sourcing and specialized last-mile fulfillment serviceproviders. As innovative shippers always seek an alternatives to parcel theirgoods, Über-style last-mile freight services maytake off.The Race for the Last Mile Over the lasttwo or three years, corporate social responsibility is promoting us for sustainability,carbon footprint reduction, and supply chain transparency. The corporate social responsibility is driven bypositive motivational factors and aided by a growing base of specialist, service providers andmany more in supply chain and logistics organizations. This campaign will integrate CSR into their strategies in coming years. The Appeal of Supply Chain SocialResponsibility In recent years, as 3PLs and 4PLs continue to leverage ITplatforms as major service-selling points, logistics companies arebecoming increasingly hard to distinguish them from technology providers.
We can see common software and service in all solutions used in warehouse management,procurement/purchasing, and other operational applications in the supply chain. The softwares usedin all these areas are using cloud based solution concept with integratedtechnical support services. It works onsimple concepts, transport companies and the customer, who needs logisticsservice will register on the app and the app will connect the right logisticcompany with right customer. Here there is no skope for broker.The Blurred Line between Logisticsand Technology Services The truck manufacturers all over the world aredoing lot of research on developing the autonomous trucks. It has a set atrend in recent years, but it is still not so practically possible. The idea ofdriverless vehicles and the rate of research and development towards thesetrucks have already proven themselves as a realistic way to slash the transport cost. Hopefully all the issues,which are not solved yet, will be solved in coming years and will be able tosee these trucks soon oin coming yearsAutonomous Road Transportation Manydistribution centers around the world atre already operating with automationbut most of them are limited to workflow automation with advanced warehousemanagement system.
Now it is the time for modernising our warehouses with robotics technologies. Withrobots in the warehouse, they can pick conventionally from shelves or floor-locations,than warehouse operators will be quick to seize the opportunity to switch frommanual to (largely) automated distribution centres. Robots are capable ofpicking up to 400 orders in just one hour. One of the French online retailer-Alibaba,has already introduced robots in to their operation.
AlibabaIncreases Robotic Population, Reduces Human Labour: After raping up a robotic labourin one of the warehouse, it has reduced human operators in the facility bynearly 70%. Warehouse Robotics in the SupplyChain The key factors which are causing the impacts are, everyday change of customer expectations, new technologicalbreakthroughs, new startup companies entering the market and also new ways to collaborateand compete. These disruptions are creating different complicated situations forindividual companies, depending on the segments of their operation, type oftheir ownership, and their location. On otherhand intervention by governmentand flow of trades between regions and territories are creating the influenceon industry too, but they are very much depending on national politics andgeography.
Today’s logistics companies are facing an unprecedentedera, due to change in digitisation andincreased customer expectations. New technologies are helping us to achievegreater efficiency and helping us to have collaborative operating models. Thesenew technologies are also re-shaping the marketplace in such a way that, theyhave beginning to become apparent. The entire sector is shaken up by newplayers, whether they be start-ups or the industry’s own customers andsuppliers.