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Artificial intelligence, robots, internet of things or Big Data are no longer elements of the science-fiction screenplay, but the near future of the transport and logistics industry. At the HyperLOG conference, the most influential representatives of the sector discussed how the TSL sector would change soon. The transport and logistics market will face significant changes in the coming years.

According to 94 percent of the top directors of TSL companies, innovation is the highest priority at the moment.

– The most important reason why innovation is needed is the desire to retain the customers and satisfy them – said Nabil Malouli, vice president of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation (pictured) at the conference.

We will see significant changes in the coming years in the logistics world. E-commerce is the most important reason for these changes, and technological innovations are the second – he added.

Delivery drones are already a reality. Technologies are being developed that use robots to deliver a package on the client’s premises. 

Delivery work also requires a fourth or fifth level of automation to be profitable. This is the perspective of about 20 years of industry development. The fourth level of automation will reduce delivery costs by 15-20 percent. The fifth level of automation will reduce this cost by even 40 percent – calculated by Nabil Malouli.

Fleet learning is another technological innovation related to autonomous delivery robots.

According to Kamil Kałużny, head of sales support at Makeitright, around 53 percent of jobs in some sectors could be automated by 2030. This would reduce the working week to 3-4 days while maintaining a stable economy. How will it be possible? By processing and exchanging data combined with production techniques. – Robotization cannot be stopped, the question is, what do we expect from robotization? Will there be job agencies for robots? They are wonderful employees – added Kałużny.

Data is real gold in the TSL industry

According to Adrian Kosowski, head of the Committee, Co-owner and researcher of NavAlgo, data IoT (Internet of Things – Internet of things ) for the logistics industry are at a premium. They provide direct added value for the customer. Also, they enable forecasting and easier optimization based on predictive analyses.

IoT data wandering through various actors in the supply chain avoids problems related to supply chain integration, added the co-owner of NavAlgo.

Also, in the opinion of Nick Bailey, who talked about mergers and acquisitions in the world of digital logistics at hyperLOG, a company that does not use digital solutions to forecast demand and dynamic pricing will soon be unable to compete in the market.

According to Jesper Bennike from Project44, the exchange of data allows for 100% visibility of the supply chain in real-time.

It benefits its transporters who make better use of the fleet and time and solve the problem of resource scarcity, but also shippers who have control over the load in real-time – he argued. 

Bennike, however, draws attention to the critical issue of choosing the right data and building the trust of supply chain actors who must share this data. 

More articles about the HyperLOG conference are yet to come to Trans.INFO.

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