New Opportunities for Logistics in the Digitalization Age

Digitalization is driving change virtually everywhere, but it’s especially disruptive for the automotive industry where automation is impacting the types — and numbers — of jobs available.

You may have read story after story about the truck driver shortage and how it’s affecting business and commerce. But amid technological advances and new paradigms for delivery that are causing significant disruptions, including job losses, there’s good news: logisticians have become a viable and available differentiator to manage rapidly-evolving supply chains.

In fact, among all of the auto sector occupations, a recent study reveals that logisticians are least likely to have their roles automated (replaced) in the near future.

With a myriad of moving parts in supply chain management, customers need smart, talented and responsive people to guide them along the way. Regardless of how goods are delivered, logisticians work to ensure optimal synchronization. Most businesses stake their reputations on fulfilling orders accurately and quickly. As a result, they may be risking millions of dollars if they don’t have strategic and resourceful partners supporting them.

Drivers for the growth of logistics:

Last-Mile Deliveries. The convenience of e-commerce has led to a burgeoning last-mile delivery model that’s driven by consumers who demand products quickly and economically. As more accessibility leads to more expectations, carriers are transporting smaller volume shipments to meet “just in time” orders within hours when it once took days.

Talented supply chain talent helps manage bandwidth and scalability to ensure carriers and retailers remain profitable in this environment and customers remain satisfied — and likely to order again.

Technology.There’s no place to hide. With new technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), advanced GPS and even drones, every step of the logistics process is transparent in moments from anywhere.

Fortunately, it also provides more data points to analyze. Teams of logisticians and other supply chain talent can capture and share information at a moment’s notice to track trends, adjust in real-time and make more informed decisions to improve everyday operations.

What does this mean for you?

You have an opportunity to improve supply chain innovation and be profitable during the digitization boom by hiring talented logisticians and customer-centric personnel.

This is the first in our series of blogs about finding and nurturing talent. Find out how the role of logisticians has evolved and what qualities and qualifications are most important for potential candidates. Learn how recent graduates have an opportunity to shape the future of our industry. And discover new promising opportunities amid all the gloom and doom we’ve been reading about the trucking and supply chain management sectors.

Click here for more information on logistics. Or check back soon for our next blog post — and read about new ways that Analytics is revolutionizing the industry.

 

Ed Berry, Vice President Business Development, AMX Logistics