Transport logistics integrator and technology unifier GateHouse expects the year 2016 will bring major changes in the way that logistics and transport companies operate in the supply chain. Buyers will experience increasing pressures to control costs and streamline operations and the demand for faster, more accurate data in B2B and B2C deliveries will see the beginnings of the interoperable systems era.
GateHouse sees transport buyers demanding greater visibility about delivery loads and access to real-time tracking data from logistics providers. Buyers will expect them to embrace customer-centric methodology tools covering rolling inventory and just-in-sequence processes.
The year 2016 will see transport buyers becoming more selective in their choice of third party logistics (3Pl) partners and the GPS equipment they use. 3Pl partners will need to use GPS products that allow key delivery data to be integrated into all types of business systems.
The year 2016 will see all involved in the supply chain beginning to interact better and work more closely for better customer engagement and interface. This will lead to improvements in competitive advantage. Transparency of logistics and anytime-anywhere knowledge of deliveries will be central to improved supply chain processes.
GateHouse sees transparent data sharing becoming widespread in the logistics and transport industries leading to more effective and efficient logistics operations.
Efforts to ensure data security, integrity and authentication will be key trends in 2016. The industry will also see a substantial increase in the amount of data being developed and circulated about delivery loads. Transport buyers will want to see data being encrypted and handled in a more secure and responsible manner. This also applies for suppliers of data (e.g. hauliers) who may be anxious about sharing data. Both want to be sure that data is handled by independent data aggregators and received only by the intended audience.
Implications for transport companies
GateHouse believes that transport companies will strive to overcome the complex and often time consuming challenge of integrating multiple telematics systems into their operations and look for simpler technology-agnostic alternatives that will simplify their operations.
Implications for technology suppliers to the logistics and transport industries
GateHouse sees 2016 being the year that transport buyers and logistics managers will begin to choose agnostic-system technology over closed silo technology platforms. Demand for independency and data security will have to be met by the technology suppliers and they will have to act in an increasingly fragmented technology-driven market.
Internet of Things
The number of active tracking devices deployed in cargo loading units including trailers, intermodal containers, cargo boxes and pallets reached 1.8 million worldwide. This number will nearly triple by 2019 to 5.8 million and usher in progressively the era of interoperable systems to bring about a smarter, more efficient supply chain sector.
"We enter a technology-agnostic era where buyers' access to whatever platform being used by all their sub-contractor hauliers and shippers is primordial for business advantage," says GateHouse CEO, Michael Bondo Andersen. "The time for an interoperable systems approach in real-time delivery tracking is now urgent."