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The Race to Logistics Automation

By Cat Dewinta - March 15, 2021

The Race to Logistics Automation

Restricted movements and strict lockdowns implemented in different parts of the world have halted traditional retail consumption of people and forced them to shop using e-commerce platforms. Many retail stores in the world had to close down or pivot to technology driven solutions due to the sudden shift to online shopping.

As a result, e-commerce has seen an incredible leap in its sales as more people choose to access their platform than going out of their houses to buy goods for daily consumption. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the retail sector has moved from having physical stores to establishing its online retail presence.

To make this possible for every business, automation is the best solution. Organizations are forced to create high-speed operations, including logistics automation. Adapting logistics automation for supply chain operations will enable low-cost and efficient order fulfillment in a reduced time frame. In doing so, your business operations will be able to adjust to high volume delivery requirements in a limited time frame and handle sudden increases in demand.

Today, many companies are looking at logistics automation to save on costs and manage their supply chain efficiently. The massive shift to modern selling strategies of retail businesses demands faster fulfillment processes from their partner logistics companies.

With logistics automation, delivery providers can easily integrate with a number of business processes like manufacturing, distribution, and transportation to improve delivery efficiency and visibility in logistics.

According to Getting Real with Digital Supply Chains, a research paper published by ChainLink Research, efficient delivery management systems provide rich functionalities such as truckload mapping, container management, dispatching, scanning into the truck, and condition monitoring.

Highly automated systems are sometimes thought to be an excellent fit for big organizations only. However, companies with modest-sized fleets or delivery are less central than companies with a large fleet that can benefit from the value that automated systems bring by implementing targeted workflows.

In the Philippines, many local supply chain organizations and stakeholders urge businesses to adapt logistics automation across their supply chain. It will provide more savings in terms of money and time and ultimately provide transparency across processes, and optimize business performance towards sustainability.

The companies that adapt logistics automation processes will be able to benefit quickly and less prone to the dangers caused by sudden shifts in demand. Thus, it is a good idea to partner with logistics automation experts in order to reduce delivery expenses while increasing performance.