Imagine a future in which hunger and thirst around the world are no longer life-threatening problems for anyone. Impossible, right? Well, with improvements in shipping and logistics tech, we are edging ever closer to that reality.
Artificial intelligence powers data analytics and decision making processes that are changing industries. The data can be used as a tool for transportation and communication and makes for a better system. This allows us to ensure all needs are being met.
It will most likely be a long time before we can completely end world hunger. However, with the use of data technology to alter shipping and logistics we can work to close this gap. Here, we’ll explore how new tools are changing freight and logistics, as well as how this change can address global inequalities.
Tech Improvements Changing Shipping and Logistics
The modern world is a fast-changing landscape of incredible technologies. Many of these new trends have much to offer shipping and logistics. Everything from data analysis to manual processes like loading freight could potentially transform.
Below, we’ve listed some of the ways shipping and logistics tech are always being improved for business solutions that can help the larger world.
- Artificial Intelligence Tools
AI, once a pipedream of science fiction, powers much of the new technology in freight and logistics. With the power of AI to scan and analyze a lot of data that no human could process, it’s clear why these tools are being used within the industry.
AI can track consumer information as well as key performance indicators. This brings comprehensive insight into every aspect of a business. This is invaluable when navigating a messy web of suppliers, destinations, and inventory.
Using AI, logistics professionals and data scientists can anticipate all kinds of consumer needs. In a world in which inequality in food supply runs rampant, such an understanding of needs has incredible implications.
Blockchain systems have been gaining popularity in a variety of industries. This technology was invented for and popularized by the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Made up of linked cryptographic hashes in data modules called blocks, blockchains operate at an enhanced level of security and data mobility.
For the world of shipping and freight management, blockchain offers a lot of benefits. Cogoport Europe and Milvum, for example, are teaming up to make a blockchain logistics platform. They want to ensure their products and ingredients are ethically sourced. As tech like theirs becomes more popular, more consumers than ever will be able to access a network of sustainable, ethical food sources.
With the help of automation, freight and shipping businesses have had a boost in productivity and safety among workers.
Robotics make for faster times in finding, sorting, and loading product, all while keeping employees safe. They are saving companies time and money, reducing costs for the consumer in turn.
There has been a global trend in recent years towards more automation. The use of robotics gives us the possibility of delivery drones and autonomous vehicles. This would make transporting food and water across the globe much more efficient. Robotics are already here in the shipping industry—a key element of Amazon’s success—and will continue to grow.
- Transportation Management Systems
This software, usually located on a secure network, acts as a platform for all the information in a transportation system. A TMS can optimize route scheduling, process payments, or even conduct freight auditing.
Such a system can help manage everything from fleets to rail systems, like Sweden’s newly implemented collaboration to enhance food transportation. Across supply chains, comprehensive dashboards for data and communication lead to better values and reduced waste in the food industry. This can translate to lower costs and broader accessibility of resources in communities that need them most.
New technology solutions are constantly emerging, changing the face of shipping and logistics. These are but a small sampling of the innovations driving a more efficient system of goods transportation. With every improvement, the ability to produce more accessible and cheaper food and water for the world increases.
Fighting Global Inequalities with Tech
Perhaps the biggest issues to face the world in the years to come will be access to food and water in certain communities. The disparities are already there and growing. However, technology enables solutions through logistics and shipping that may prove useful.
Sources of sustainable water are a real threat to millions of lives. Approximately 10% of the world’s population lacks access to basic drinking water. However, with the help of AI analytical tools, we could potentially see a shift in this massive inequality.
Monitration devices can maintain water resource data in real-time. Additionally, predictive analytics can provide informed indications of when a shortage may occur. Then, with the help of drones or even autonomous vehicles, shipments of water can be dispersed where they are needed most.
The ability of technology to aid in the disbursement of food in underserved communities improves all the time. Constant analysis provides insight into communities in need. Meanwhile, automated shipping devices make for faster deliveries. With the future of global food systems integrated with AI and data tools, sustainable and resource-efficient consumption can occur on a global scale.
Though we are still a long way off from a world free of hunger and thirst, the tools to get there are improving all the time. With AI and data technology that enable predictive analysis and automated solutions, we could legitimately see global inequalities fought through effective resource management.
However, the question remains: who would be responsible for shipping and logistics at this scale?
Indiana Lee, contributing writer