As numerous industry experts will tell you, the competitive nature of freight forwarding means that innovation and amalgamation of technology throughout the commerce is a staple. There is a plethora of current technologies that are changing the way we distribute, package and track shipments. Some have a bigger impact than others, but here are several technologies and innovations that are changing the industry.
Otherwise known as the Internet of Things this, somewhat, recent amalgamation of different techniques has led to connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other. This isn’t a new concept, with companies such as Uber and Airbnb disrupting their industries to the point of transformation. The transformative way this has affected the freight forwarding industry is through full supply chain visibility and connectivity between distribution methods, to name but only a few. This amalgamation and connectivity of technology is predicated to continually advance not only the freight forwarding industry, but many others.
Freight Forwarding can, at times, become an industry flooded with paperwork. However, the use of cloud-based storage has meant that we have been able to stem the flow of complicated, regulatory paperwork and start to, in a small way, help cut back on the industries environmental impact, amongst other factors making cloud-based storage a way for freight forwarders to innovative.
Not only are we now able to connect freight forwarding, we are now able to track and monitor consignments throughout the globe, allowing for more reliable, trusted conversations with end-users. Real-time tracking and management of shipments has led to a form of trust encompassing the industry and this is down the modernisation of technology.
Automation has engulfed freight forwarding for years and with incredibly positive results. The next step for automation is artificial intelligence to merge itself into everyday routines of freight forwarders, making the likes of distribution management, optimising chassis pools and preparing for the future of technology within freight.