Even you are not an ardent follower of new technical advancements there is still a good chance that you have heard about the concept of autonomous vehicles. In recent times, these have received a lot of attention in the technology world as big players like Google and Apple have started taking a keen interest in making it a reality. With constant changes in the global markets, new and unconventional ideas are being discussed and thought about and not just in a hypothetical sense.
Machines that can drive themselves are soon to become a reality in sea, land and air cargo delivery. This technology is set to change the dynamics of how goods are shipped over long distances. As you can anticipate, this change will be a ground-breaking advancement. It will probably change the processes currently associated with warehousing, supply chain management and several other critical features of logistics.
Automated trucks replacing truck drivers have been a part of the future plans of the logistics industry in India for several years now. This shift is expected to bring about drastic changes in the logistics and freight transportation world. These labor-saving vehicles will adapt fast and help companies in cutting big costs. However, the industry is not just looking at individual automated trucks but entire convoys which will be connected to each other through GPS, sensors, Wi-Fi and cameras.
The automation of cargo ships will be an important advancement in long distance movement of goods. One of the best advantages of this will be the drastic reduction in costs. Every vessel travelling on water needs at least 20 personnel who require food, housing, and payment. A self-driving vessel will do away the costs of maintaining personnel on the ship, or in any case certainly cause a reduction. These ships will redefine the shipping as well as the logistics industry and bring down container shipping rates.
In warehouses too, the self-driven concept will be utilized. Forklifts that work themselves will be a much more efficient way to carry out receiving and putting away goods. This will increase productivity and also allow the collection of accurate data about the size of the load that was picked and stocked, the location etc.
Anticipated Benefits of Self Driving Vehicles:
- The introduction of vehicles that drive themselves will help the logistics industry do away with some of the current issues that it is facing. For instance, the technology will make transportation much more efficient and speedy.
- In countries such as India, the unavailability of sufficient infrastructure is a major issue that 3PL shipping and logistics companies have to deal with. However, with the precision of automotive vehicles, the coverage area will increase. The logistics industry will be able to cater to a wider customer base.
- Self-driving vehicles will not only benefit to road transportation but also in warehousing in India. Machines that can work themselves are set to revolutionize warehouse management. They will optimize stocking, loading and unloading of goods, thus saving time and ensuring safety.
One effect of automotive logistics vehicles is that it will certainly bring down the costs drastically. This is a highly interesting development in some countries where logistics account for a significant percentage of the cost of products.
Hapag-Lloyd Unveils New Customer Dashboard
Hapag-Lloyd has unveiled its new “Customer Dashboard”. The carrier’s customers can now access performance information based on their business with Hapag-Lloyd.
“Our customers now have a clear and consistent visualization of our performance. With the introduction of the Customer Dashboard, we can finally prove to our customers that we keep our promises and continue to deliver the best quality possible. Giving our customers this full visibility of our quality performance provides them with a direct added value and makes us unique in the container shipping industry,” said Jesper Kanstrup, Senior Director Customer Quality at Hapag-Lloyd.
“This virtual handshake with the customer is the basis for our mutual success. Delivering on our quality promises will be the foundation of a new partnership with our customers as part of our ongoing efforts to advance quality improvements in our industry,” said Juan Carlos Duk, Managing Director Global Commercial Development at Hapag-Lloyd.
Partnership to Enhance Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping
Logistyx Technologies, a leader in transportation management for parcel shipping, has announced a new agreement to continue partnership with Manhattan Associates, a technology leader in supply chain and omnichannel commerce, as the company releases the latest enhancements to shift its product to the cloud.
As an independent Manhattan Value Partner since 2012, under this new containerised model, Logistyx now offers the ability to upgrade to enhanced parcel shipping capabilities more cost-effectively, providing Manhattan customers unlimited access to more than 8,500 global carrier services that will enable rate shopping and shipping execution to any location worldwide. 2020 marks the eighth anniversary of Logistyx’s global partnership with Manhattan, with a successful track record serving as a trusted partner to Manhattan’s Warehouse Management for Open Systems (WMOS), Order Management System (OMS) and Warehouse Management for IBMi (WMI) users, and now Manhattan Active Warehouse Management.
In 2014, Manhattan and Logistyx more closely aligned with a strategic partnership to jointly develop what is now known as an external parcel interface (EPI) to provide their WMOS users access to a much larger parcel carrier network. Logistyx has since deployed its industry-leading TME technology throughout the Manhattan WMOS user community. Together, Logistyx and Manhattan issued a five-year milestone announcement in 2019 highlighting the many successful deployments of Logistyx TME and Manhattan’s EPI.
“Manhattan Associates values our enduring partnership with Logistyx to bring innovative solutions to customers,” said Adam Kline, Senior Director, Product Management at Manhattan Associates. “As an established leader in multi-carrier parcel management, Logistyx’s state-of-the-art cloud technology proved yet again to serve as a quality match with our EPI in delivering a superior global parcel shipping solution.”
As a co-developer of the EPI, Logistyx is helping Manhattan bring a next-generation EPI to the market. “Logistyx and Manhattan’s technology roadmaps with a focus on increased cloud capabilities have often aligned, which has resulted in a successful partnership over the last several years,” said Logistyx President Ken Fleming. “The partnership between Logistyx and Manhattan provides customers a true enterprise-class shipping platform with broader carrier options and the advanced tools to help them ship from anywhere to anywhere.”
Logistyx offers Manhattan customers the ability to better manage their parcel shipping activities with support for a blended carrier strategy and the capacity to deploy an extensive selection of carriers, providing an expanded global footprint for customers to achieve the best value for every destination, delivery time and product.
Food Supply Chain Safety Survey
Zebra Technologies Corporation has announced the results of its ‘Food Safety Supply Chain Vision Study’. The study highlights the views of consumers as well as food and beverage industry decision-makers worldwide from distribution and warehouses to grocery stores and restaurants around safety, traceability and transparency.
Surveyed consumers reported their top food safety concerns include restaurant kitchen and wait staff hygiene, foodborne outbreaks, illness from contaminated food, and food and beverage recalls. More than 80% of surveyed consumers said companies have an important role to play in implementing food safety solutions and an ethical responsibility to ensure the safe handling of their food. 70% said it is important to know how their food and ingredients are manufactured, prepared, and handled, while 69% agreed knowing how their food is sourced is also important.
Given recent food safety incidents and an increased focus on health and wellness, it’s unsurprising both consumers and industry decision-makers are showing a great level of interest in the source, quality and safety of their food. However, a disconnect exists between what consumers believe and what industry decision-makers think. Almost seven in 10 decision-makers say the industry is prepared to manage food traceability and transparency, but only 35% of consumers agree. Furthermore, only 13% of consumers felt the industry was extremely prepared today to manage food traceability and be transparent about how food travels through the supply chain, whereas 27% of decision-makers reported feeling this way.
“Findings from our study show that while the industry is taking measures to ensure a more transparent supply chain, more work needs to be done in order to increase consumer confidence and improve food traceability,” says Mark Wheeler, Director of Supply Chain Solutions, Zebra Technologies. “Businesses naturally have more information available to them but can improve consumers’ faith in their food sources by providing them access to the same information.”
One bright spot identified in the research is the role that technology can play in closing both these gaps in both the short- and long-term. An overwhelming majority of decision-makers acknowledged that investments in traceability-focused solutions will provide them with a competitive advantage by enabling them to meet the expectations of consumers. When asked about the top benefits that technology-based track and trace solutions would provide, six in 10 decision-makers cited risk reductions with proper handling, transportation and storage and tracking product perishability. 41% of industry decision-makers reported RFID tags improve food traceability within the supply chain more than any other technology, yet only 31% currently use them within their own organisations.
Mobile computers, mobile barcode label/thermal printers, rugged scanners and specialty labels and tags will also be key enablers in winning consumer trust and delivering more transparent information to consumers. 90% of surveyed industry decision-makers expect to use rugged handheld mobile computers with scanners, rugged barcode scanners and mobile barcode label/thermal printers within the next five years to digitally manage and track food products and related information.
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