Technology OEMs talk a lot about the newest technologies in their product portfolios and on their drawing boards. To succeed in today's fast-paced market, though, looking at the technologies being used by logistics partners may be equally important.
“For years, logistics companies have faced a commoditization,” said Chris Saynor, CEO of eft in a press statement. “The industry is finally in a place where real innovation is being implemented, but more importantly demanded by customers.”
A recent survey from eft took a look at how a variety of technologies, including 3D printing, drones, the Internet of Things, driverless vehicles, and augmented reality, may all impact how products are tracked and transported as they move through the supply chain.
Some highlights of the research include:
- More than 40% of manufacturers and retailers expect their logistics providers to have some understanding of driverless vehicles
- 19.2% of manufacturers and retailers are already using 3D printing in their businesses
- 94% of industry executives think drone delivery is inevitable
- 43% of industry executives think the Internet of Things will have a huge impact on supply chain and logistics.
Take a look at the infographic below and then let us know what technology expertise you want from your logistics partners.
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN