Logistics Trends for 2017

The logistics world is changing at a rapid pace, and firms need to stay on top of the newest developments if they want to stay afloat. Here is a look at the top new innovations businesses should be embracing.

Data delivery

The cost of storing and analyzing vast amounts of data is relatively low, and internet connectivity has never been more widespread. Firms must view data as being a core tenet of their business, and a big part of putting this idea into action is migrating processes into systems based in the cloud. They also need to get rid of internal boundaries that prevent them from true collaboration.

Big data can improve a business’s offerings as long as it manages to successfully process the information it has access to. Newer, more cost-effective platforms are now available that make this process easier. The IoT, meanwhile, is also useful in this regard as it gives firms access to information such as container position tracking and trailer temperature sensors, which can then be relayed back to a network-based solution in order to inform strategic decisions.


Some people view drones with a suspicious eye, but there are plenty of upsides to this technology. Nowhere is this likely to be felt more than in rural areas, which are actually the places that are most suited to drone flights. These areas are traditionally underserved when it comes to same-day delivery, but drones are set to change that.

Firms that want to get on board with drones need to make use of transport management systems that can automate some of the most essential drone-related processes, such as ensuring safe delivery in challenging conditions and setting weight limits. Control tower platforms can allow managers to monitor drones, rerouting them to avoid traffic or minimize delivery times.

Companies that want to maximize the opportunities these innovations present must have the right infrastructure. As technology continues to evolve, it has never been more important to invest in future-proofing in logistics.

This blog post was based off of an article from Logistics Viewpoints. View the original here.