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Trends in Logistics Technology 2017

About the Trends in Logistics Technology report

Insight into the critical technological developments and solutions that will shape the future of the logistics industry.

This report describes how sectors of the industry are using information systems to manage their operations, as well as how these solutions are evolving. We hope that by clarifying the context in which many of the established solutions have been used, we can help people understand the opportunities (and disadvantages) presented by some of the solution sets now emerging.

Our primary goal is to try and identify the critical developments and solutions that will be transformational, or at least enable transformational capabilities for their users. We recognize that not every organization can adopt transformational capabilities as fast as they might wish: issues of resources, culture and ongoing contracts are always factors that must be considered. However, we believe that we can act as a reference point for companies looking for some insight and perspective into what may seem to be a bewildering mix of nomenclature and choice.


1.0 Introduction to technology trends
1.1 Executive summary by Ken Lyon
1.2 The digital landscape
1.3 Mobile devices
1.4 Cloud services
1.5 Ubiquitous broadband
2.0 Overview and definitions of core technology types
2.1 Technology in the supply chain
2.2 Increasing supply chain complexity
2.3 What is supply chain management software?
2.4 GTM (Global Trade Management Systems)
2.4.1 GTM in practice
2.5 WMS (Warehouse Management Systems)
2.5.1 WMS in practice
2.6 TMS (Transport Management Systems)
2.6.1 TMS in practice
3.0 Moving from functional control to process-control
3.1 Where should technology investment be directed?
3.2 Visibility in the supply chain: The backbone of any Control Tower platform
3.2.1 Case study: Visibility in the supply chain
3.3 Control Towers
3.3.1 What a Control Tower is doing
3.3.2 Control Tower solutions in practice
4.0 LSPs and disruptive technologies
4.1 Technology evolution for logistics service providers
4.2 Technology evolution - moving into a networked industry
4.3 What are the real threats for industry incumbents?
4.4 Why LSPs will adapt and survive
5.0 Technology and the future of e-commerce
5.1 Overview of the development of the e-commerce market
5.2 Technology push
5.2.1 Artificial Intelligence (AI)
5.2.1.1 Delivery flexibility
5.2.1.2 IoT
5.2.1.3 Autonomous vehicles
5.2.1.4 Warehouse automation
5.2.2 3D Printing
5.3 Market pull
5.3.1 Address mapping
5.3.2 Cross-border e-commerce
5.3.3 Returns
6.0 Technologies to watch
6.1 AI/Personal assistants
6.2 Connected sensors/ IoT
6.3 Autonomous vehicles/Transportation management
6.4 Blockchain
6.5 Social networks for the office
6.6 Virtual reality/Augmented reality
6.7 Ones to watch – Innovators in supply chain software
Ti services
6.8 Concluding statements

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