A large percentage of logistics companies still do not heed the benefits technology or a digital makeover brings to their organization. But times are changing and logistics companies need to reconsider their position on a digital makeover. They will do well to realize that technology is their lifeline — that adopting automated cutting-edge software extends their company’s capability beyond internal operations to across the organization, and increases their agility and performance capabilities, leading to streamlined productivity and swift response to obstacles.
New logistics technologies help disintegrate the system of compartmentalized operations and streamlines processes across the enterprise. The impact is seen not only the cost side but also on growth through the capability to deliver efficient, customer-centric operations with faster shipment cycle. Technologies likewise enable flexibility to quickly integrate, communicate and collaborate with stakeholders across logistics processes.
The increasing convergence in logistics operations requires a new generation of web-based, enterprise logistics applications that allow collaboration and optimization through a digital backbone, one that provides visibility across the enterprise and the extended supply chain.
This is the time to consolidate digital strategies and develop a cohesive digital ecosystem that will prepare the company for future challenges. Doing so will help control the organization and place the customer at the center of the digital ecosystem, taking businesses beyond the traditional sphere.
A new dimension of data analysis and intelligence will be introduced, giving the company a complete digital makeover.
Logistics companies cannot wish away a digital makeover. The choice is between sustainable growth and an uncertain future. A digital makeover can bring about sustainable growth and also equip the company to face future challenges; the absence of a digital strategy could, on the other hand, lead to inefficiencies that may severely impede growth of the company.
Technology makeover will become increasingly significant in the logistics industry, allowing even small companies to have a global reach and compete with large ones. The race to join the transformation to digitalization will certainly be dominant in the next few years.