If you look at the changes in the logistics industry, there is no doubt that the role of technology is becoming quite important and even indispensable. In this article, we will be looking at the impact of A.I. or Artificial Intelligence as it begins to take center stage in the logistics industry.
The world is growing and with the complexities surrounding logistical requirements are also growing quite a bit. The whole thing is becoming quite complex and this is perhaps the reason why big data-driven applications are making their presence felt strongly.
They could help in supply chain logistics, and the use of A.I. could help to take things to a much higher level, and it could impact the global logistics business quite positively.
These autonomous supply chains help us to provide an opportunity that were previously unimaginable as far as overall optimization are concerned.
Let us try and have a look at five areas where A.I. could bring about significant changes in warehousing. A beginning already may have been made, and there are some companies like JD Edwards EnterpriseOne who are making things possible.
1. Intelligent Warehousing That Is Automated
Yes, it is happening. There is a warehouse in England that is almost totally being run by robots. This is giving a boost to the fulfillment of orders.
This warehouse was able to handle a stunning 65,000 requests covering around 3.5 million grocery items in the course of a single week. This would have been impossible even with hundreds of people working round the clock.
This robotic system is built on the philosophy of a hive grid machine. This machine is intelligent and can move, lift, and sort grocery items which are then packaged and sent out to the different destinations by the employees. Hence, this is perhaps one area where the use of technology is changing warehouse operations.
2. Use Of Blockchain
There is no doubt that the warehouses and supply chains often have to face problems with regard to reliability, security, and efficiency.
Many experts of the view that these problems can be addressed with the right use of blockchain technology, and it could be put to use in crucial supply chain transactions. They could cover all transactions that are directly related to the supply process.
These could range from purchase to private exchanges, and it could include delivery, auditing, and storage.
3. The World of Self Driving Cars
Self-driving cars are in vogue in some warehouses, and it will not be long before we see more of them being used in the next couple of years. There are some companies that are working tirelessly in developing more efficient and faster microchips that are capable of responding to various real-world road conditions.
It would also be pertinent to mention that some big names like Apple and Google are using these autonomous vehicles mostly for transporting employees around their complexes that are huge and sprawl over long distances.
Even the uses of self-driving-vehicles are increasing on some roads, but they have a significant role to play in logistics, supply systems, and warehousing facilities.
4. Use Of Vehicle Telematics
Telematics, no doubt is a complex and challenging term, and this is because it encompasses different aspects of long-distance telecommunications. It is now being used in conjunction with vehicle telematics.
More of us are seeing the use of GPS enabled vehicle operational data. The days are not far off when heavy trucks will be equipped with ELDs or electronic logging devices, and this will allow fleet operators to track and monitor their real movement time.
This could improve efficiency and help come out with more efficient driving solutions.
5. Smart Roads
Smart roads using solar panels are being tested out, and these panels are made from tempered glass tiles. Below these tiles, you have photovoltaic cells that can collect solar energy. These can be used to power nearby roads, streets, homes, and also other public infrastructure.
They also can power LED lamps and lighting systems for more efficient management of traffic along highways. This could lead to faster movement of goods from warehouses to end destinations.
To put things in perspective, there is little doubt that the use of technology could have a very positive and long lasting impact on the entire logistics that cover supply chains across states, countries and also across continents.