Globalisation has enabled superior connections across boundaries. However, this has impacted the supply chain management worldwide. Organisations operating in the logistics landscape must be able to adapt to the changing trends.

Here are the key trends that will influence the logistics industry in 2017:

Consumer behaviour

eCommerce is now a mainstay retail model in both developed and emerging markets. This form of retail has impacted the logistics industry in a massive way by giving rise to supply chains that have multiple channels to meet the needs of the consumer. Today, the logistics industry has to deal with consumers who are expecting more than one delivery option – same day and next day deliveries as well as the slowest and cheapest method of delivery. A logistics ERP software can automatically plan and optimise on-demand and scheduled deliveries respecting time windows, SLAs and other business parameters of businesses in the logistics industry.

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Data-driven supply chains

The technological landscape in the logistics industry is changing rapidly. Gaining insights out of Big Data and implementing the learnings would result in a tremendous scope for optimisation in the existing supply chain processes of manufacturing, warehousing, and last-mile delivery. To keep up with this data deluge, an ERP-based logistics software can be deployed that will not only automate processes but also provide great insights across all logistical operations and provide managers better visibility into processes.

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Live tracking and 3D packing

Live on-road tracking is a common practice among businesses in the logistics industry. Controlled by an ERP software, live tracking leads to fewer support calls and quicker deliveries, thus resulting in happier customers. Similarly, an ERP-based logistics software can offer the most effective loading plan with simulations and a summary of the packing performance. This leads to higher vehicle utilisation and efficiency.

In 2017, we can expect an exponential growth in the integration of ERP solutions with the logistics industry. Systems will also be better able to connect with the environment. Employees in logistics businesses will be operating intelligent machinery while working side by side with self-directed forklifts in processes that will be highly automated.