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Digital Transformations in the Global Logistics Industry, Forecast to 2020

Digital Transformations in the Global Logistics Industry, Forecast to 2020

Technological changes have led to the convergence of industries and the transformation of the business processes related to supply chain management. The need to improve logistics efficiency is being driven by the modernization of transportation infrastructure, changing consumer purchase patterns, and the emergence of new business models. With the declining cost of technologies related to Automatic Identification Data Capture, Autonomous Vehicles, Augmented Reality, Big Data, and Cloud Computing, the global logistics industry is being transformed in terms of the transportation, warehousing, customs brokerage, and e-logistics services offered by service providers. This study provides a detailed assessment of the impact of these technologies on the logistics industry.


  • Executive Summary
    • Transformation in the Industry Ecosystem
    • Key Areas of Logistics
    • Impact of Digital Technologies on Logistics
    • Evolution of Digital Technologies
    • Digital Transformations in Logistics
    • Status and Outlook of Transformations Led by Digital Technologies
  • Research Scope and Segmentation
    • Research Scope
  • Technologies Enabling Innovation in the Logistics Industry
    • Game-changing Technologies
    • 5 Areas of Digital Disruption in Logistics
  • Mobile Devices and Apps
    • Mobile Devices and Their Impact on Logistics
    • Mobile Device-based Apps—Platform Companies
    • Mobile Devices and Apps and Their Impact on Logistics
    • Timeline of Mobile Devices and Apps in Logistics
  • Big Data and Analytics
    • Timeline of Big Data and Analytics in Logistics
  • Cloud Computing
    • Timeline of Cloud Computing in Logistics
  • Automation/Robotics
    • Timeline of Automation/Robotics in Logistics
  • Autonomous/Driverless Vehicles
    • Autonomous Vehicles—Commercial Vehicles and Drones
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • Timeline of Autonomous Vehicles in Logistics
  • Augmented Reality
    • Timeline of Augmented Reality in Logistics
  • Other Technologies
    • Internet of Things
    • 3D Printing
  • Driving Forces of Digital Disruption in Logistics
    • Overview of the Mega Trends
    • Mega Trends that Drive Digital Disruption in Logistics
    • The Omni-channel Mega Trend
    • Digital Development-driven Mega Trends—Coopetition
    • Digital Development-driven Mega Trends—Crowdsourcing
    • Crowdsourcing—Transformational Business Model
    • Key Logistics Industry Trends
    • Regulatory Trends—Impact on Industry Transformation
  • Digital Disruption Leaders
    • 5 Companies to Watch and Why
    • Transfix
    • Omnitracs
    • Kardex mLog
    • Knapp
    • Kewill
  • Key Findings and Conclusions
    • Evolution of Digital Technologies
    • Impact of Digital Transformation Trends
    • Impact of Digital Transformation Trends—The Big Picture
    • Key Findings and Conclusions
    • The Last Word—3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Table of Acronyms

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