A Brighter Future with Technology Innovations and Eco-Friendly Transportation

A transformation in the logistics transportation industry is taking place and our future looks bright with smart solutions and sustainable alternatives. Companies need to stay competitive and are forced to add new advanced technology to improve their distribution centers, warehouses, shipping, and transport management. In the United States alone the ground transportation industry and warehouse logistics market is a $1.3 trillion business that helps to bring more goods to the market. The transportation sector consists of several industries from logistics, air freight, road, marine, airlines, and the transportation infrastructure.

Over the past 10 years, the logistics transportation sector has struggled with

  • Operational efficiency, forecasting business demand correctly, manpower management
  • Reverse logistics, inventory control and visibility, fuel costs, environmental issues
  • Meeting promised delivery schedules, extreme unexpected weather conditions
  • Receiving the right data as cargo is in route, warehouse management
  • Order fulfillment, returned goods management, transportation management, distribution

Top 5 Largest Logistics Companies

  1. UPS – United Parcel Service
  2. FedEx
  3. DHL
  4. Union Pacific
  5. B. Hunt Transport Services

Five Technologies Trends Making an Impact on Logistics Transportation

1. Blockchain

An emerging technology – decentralized distributed technology designed specifically to transform business operations, records transactions track assets and create a transparent and efficient system for managing all documents involved in the logistics process.

A tool-assisted technology that originated out of a branch of mathematics called cryptography helps to monitor the performance history of carriers and other suppliers. Smart contracts are an enormous time and money savers. Helps bring enhanced security in the supply chain, including reduction of fraud and bottlenecks and errors, certification of third parties and increased efficiency.

2. Internet of Things/loT Devices

The internet of things is an eco-system comprised of web-enabled smart devices with processors, sensors and communication hardware. Data is collected and smart sensors, cars, and trucks can alert vehicles of potential dangers ahead.

IoT-enabled trucks with real-time driving, mapping, and video data. Smart vehicles will be able to ‘see’ blind turns and corners at a distance, identify pedestrians, cyclists, and any other road hazards

  • It will revolutionize transportation and significantly reduce crashes by 80% and bring visibility across global manufacturing networks.
  • Drivers utilizing loT can monitor fuel performance, brakes, speed and will display safety to drivers and with geo-fencing and logistics transport managers can view if packages or shipments deviated.
  • Investment dollars from key players such as AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, Verizon, Cisco Systems, and General Electric are the major contributors to advancing this technology into transport.

The ecosystem helps to bring intelligence to companies remotely in real-time and optimization of asset utilization through backhaul transportation and sharing models. Centralized tracking of flows such as control towers and new collaborative models is possible.

The Internet of Things is expected to transform the transport industry by collecting data and critical key information from business and technology trends relating to data analytics and mobility automation. Communication is improved and a better understanding of data distribution with trains, trucks, ships, and planes.

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From ongoing staffing needs to a rich, 24/7 onsite/nearshore model, our Data Science premium support teams are tailored specifically to meet your needs. Hire an IT resource that’s relatively within the same time zone, cost-effective and easier to access than most offshore services.

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3. Artificial Intelligence

AI increases passenger safety, helps reduce traffic congestion and accidents, lessen carbon emissions, and also minimizes the overall financial expenses.

  • traffic management
  • determining hazardous travel locations
  • designing or assessing the structural integrity
  • planning construction activities
  • scheduling maintenance

Types of AI used in Transportation

  • Knowledge-based systems (KBS), which are rule-based inference engines such as expert systems, case-based or agent-based reasoning systems.
  • Neural networks (NN), or systems of artificial neurons with learning methods such as backpropagation.
  • Fuzzy systems (FS), defining set membership as a degree of membership rather than a binary in/out the distinction.
  • Genetic algorithms (GA), or random methods of combining and testing solutions to determine the fittest solution in several generations of attempts.
  • Agent-based methods (ABM), a new way of modeling complex systems with interacting parts that seems to fit transportationproblems quite well.

4. Machine Learning/Big Data

Big data and predictive analysis help to dodge disruptions in the transportation system and maintenance of equipment uses optimization from predictive system maintenance. Big data is revolutionizing many fields of business, and logistics analytics.

Big data logistics can be used to optimize routing, to streamline factory functions, and to give transparency to the entire supply chain, for the benefit of both logistics and shipping companies alike.

Logistics management and transportation companies have higher levels of reliability with big data and delivery of goods and services have critical data at their fingertips with reporting, real-time analytics, improved processes, and greater transparency.

Improving Transportation and Logistics Performance with Big Data

  • Financial Business Forecasts
  • Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Social Media Data
  • Driving Patterns
  • Real-Time Location Data
  • Web-Site Browsing
  • Traffic and Weather Data from Sensors, Monitors and Forecast Systems
  • Improves Operations, Routing with Sensor Driven Data
  • Physical Internet-based intelligent (PIπ) has been widely used to upgrade logistics and supply chain management

Resource planners have precise and accurate business demand planning with better forecasting for future business needs and can execute the right fleet resources and crew to meet delivery schedules. Inventory is way more precise in the warehouses and distribution centers.

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Aptude is your own personal IT professional services firm. We provide our clients with first class resources in a continuous, cost-containment fashion.

Our support services will free up your senior IT staff from the overwhelming burden of day-to-day maintenance issues. Now they’ll have time to launch those new projects and applications you’ve been waiting for. Simply put, we can free up your resources and contain your costs. Let’s have a quick chat to discuss our exclusive services.

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5. Autonomous Transportation Technologies

Drones and self-driving delivery trucks will start to be commonplace, making a tremendous impact on improved traffic safety, keep roads safer and on-time delivery, reduced car accidents as a key benefit.

According to the US Department of Transportation, 94% of traffic accidents involve driver error. No more human error input and significant cost reduction and asset optimization with driverless delivery.

  • Autonomous forklifts and robot arms are already in the modern warehouse and can load, unload and transport goods within the warehouse and have flexible conveyor belts.
  • Sensors, vision and geo guidance technology are currently helping the logistics work process. Forklifts can unload cargo and place packages on shelves using a network of devices to transport items.

Mercedes-Benz will be releasing their prototype of the semi-autonomous truck scheduled for 2025. Heavy-duty freight vehicles are assisting truck manufacturers including driverless long haul freight help to avoid accidents by using the safest movements. Amazon is already using self-driving trucks developed by Embark to move cargo faster.

New Transportation Technology

Game-changing integrated enterprise platform management tools are now easier to use and are streamlined helping to manage data warehousing, operational performance, delivery availability, ad hoc queries, interactive dashboards and include a full range of pre-built in analytics.

Everything relating to logistics and data management is now simpler, uncomplicated and logistics problems can be aligned to the appropriate technology and deployed in an integrated environment with big data applications for logistics management and transportation companies.

Advanced Applications

  • Relational databases can handle structured data and support business intelligence
  • Analytics workloads with fast response time and excel at transactional processes
  • Notifications, alerts, high-performance batch loads, model versioning, data governance
  • Trickle feed integration processes
  • Routing algorithms and applications to analyze data better
  • Tools to help meet shorter delivery times
  • Aids in reducing logistics costs and improve operations
  • Business analysts, shippers, and planners have a line of defense with real-time analytics
  • Real-time recommendations – leveraging advanced analytics that delivers data fast and accurate through self-learning

Latest Improvements

Risk analysis, logistics management, and transport visibility are poor with driver and vehicle of mishandled or damaged goods due to unforeseen complications. Logistics and transport analytics can be improved with new technology and green logistics and has undergone dramatic changes by partnering with third-party service-oriented logistics providers for help.

  • Some of the ways 3PL has supported the transport sector by providing seamless interfacing with transport management systems, conducting assessments, analyzing key performance indicators to evaluate on-time final delivery, and decrease cost.
  • Transportation tracking just got easier with Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology that helps in assisting ground handling agents to track down freight, cargo, goods or lost shipments.

Companies like ACL Airshop are providing advanced ULD tracking with COREInsight a Bluetooth ULD Tracking system for cargo control and tagging of carrier shipments, air cargo management, asset tracking, and reporting solutions.

  • CoreInsight Node Technology allows manufacturers to track shipments and can remotely monitor packages with Business Intelligence (BI) and aids in operations by accurately tracking cargo with the assistance of ULD equipment.
  • Core Nodes is a low cost and easy installation saves time and money. Web-based reports a carrier can visually update their systems in real-time location.
  • Tagged ULD cargo shipments effectively link freight to location, adding another dimension to automated shipment tracking without having to lose downtime which costs manufacturers $50 billion each year.
  • Unit load (ULD) devices are widely used in air cargo shipments and are cargo pallets used to load freight for airlines loading cargo.

Eco-Friendly Approach

The GO-Green initiative has begun among the logistics transportation sector which will help to strengthen our economy by offering cleaner and eco-friendly transportation.

According to the EPA, the largest sources of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions are coming from trucks, cars, vans, motorcycles including greenhouse gas emissions, road transport, fumes, emissions of air toxics, smog, transportation pollution with poor air quality that negatively impacts the health and welfare of U.S. citizens.

Examples of a holistic approach to “go-green logistics” – reaching consumers in the most

  1. Environmentally eco-friendly “green” packaging materials (biodegradable, compostable, reusable, recyclable packing material – cardboard, paper, cellulose fibers, plastarch material)
  2. Load optimization – 76% of shippers are using the route, load optimization
  3. Route optimization
  4. Maximizing and enhancing physical logistics processes
  5. Green freight transportation – optimal paths, green vehicle routing

In a PR Newswire report by Cision Global Artificial Intelligence in the Transportation Market is expected to reach USD 4.5 billion by 2025. Global Logistics Market will hit $15.5 Trillion by 2023. Logistics focuses on coordination, transportation and the movement of goods, supply chain, customer service, inventory management, the flow of information, order processing, warehousing, material handling, purchasing, and packaging.

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Logistics Developments in Technology

New technology means more regulations; rules and policies for shippers to follow but the benefits outweigh the challenges.

  • Drones, driverless trucks, shipment tracking systems
  • The internet of things (loT) collects and aggregates crisis alerts, transport tracking, diagnostics, social chatter and fleet data
  • Enhanced GPD accuracy, blockchain technology
  • Mobile apps, artificial intelligence technology, (TMS) transportation management systems are just some of the advanced technology trends taking center stage and it’s all making it easier for shippers and helps to reduce inefficiencies.

Digitalization in logistics has increased with software-driven artificial intelligence and big data analytics reshaping critical points in tracking shipment changes with increased visibility, better reporting, speed in order fulfillment and ensures safety and operational efficiency for better transportation infrastructure. Technology-based automated processes aid in faster, smarter shipments with the reduced staff needed in warehouses and distribution centers.

The transportation landscape is changing with more collaboration between shippers and third-party logistics companies, wider usage of mobile applications, cloud-based technology, and the internet of things, big data and information sharing within third-party logistics companies, smarter software, and automation of advanced technology and workflow improvements. This all leads to a smart infrastructure for roads, rail tracks, and bridges, tunnels parking areas, ports, and airports.

Green transport is not only smart but also helps in:

  • Diminishing climate change
  • Reducing water pollution
  • Cut down global warming,
  • Improves air quality

Sustainable Transport Technology Solutions

  1. Self-driving drones/UAVs; remote control cargo ships emission-free, electric-powered trucks, driverless vehicles, the internet of things, lightweight vehicle materials
  2. On-demand ride services, hyperloop transportation systems, satellite-based air traffic control systems, next-gen GPS devices, maglev (magnetic levitation) trains
  3. High-speed networks, gyroscopic vehicles, smart trucks and autonomous cars and electric buses and shuttles, elevated buses, smart roads, robotics, and automation
  4. 3-D printing, blockchain, cloud-delivered capabilities, and smart mobility

Pilot projects within fleet companies are starting to increase “GO GREEN” projects and add smart practices into their organization by recycling oil, switching to renewable energy and adding energy-efficient measures.

  • Environmentally friendly trucks by DHL looks promising with a big step in the go green initiative with a brand new convoy of delivery trucks that are eco-smart.
  • The Destination Green program by YRC Worldwide which is the largest trucking service that aids in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, gallons per mile, and empty miles by testing two diesel-electric hybrids to their trucking fleet.
  • Electric power trains to innovative types of on-demand trucking models that bring efficiency to the supply chain industry with truck drivers using the transport app. Today, electric delivery vehicles are on the streets that are utilized by UPS and Uber Freight.

UPS vehicles will be charged overnight allowing for logistical operations during the day, increasing its EV delivery fleet from 65 to 170. Looking for possible alternatives where transportation is safe is on everyone’s mind with green transportation taking center stage and the pressure for the transportation sector to secure a cleaner environment, cleaner fuel with cleaner modes of transportation free from carbon emissions.

The Takeaway

Clean transportation technology is a smart solution for IT organizations at logistics management and transportation companies. Aids in cutting emissions improve road safety and increases the efficiency of transport systems in addition to reducing oil usage.

New Trends paving the way for a better future

  1. Truck Platooning
  2. Electric Trucks, Hybrid Buses, Autonomous Driving
  3. Smart Transportation Solutions

However, the transportation industry continues to have challenges from high fuel costs, environmental issues, government regulations, driver shortage, bad roads, climate problems, slow growth of vehicles and competition among different modes.

Cleaner vehicles can help improve one’s health and reduces spending on gasoline and diesel fuel – it’s a huge step in the right direction.

  1. Mobile Applications
  2. Autonomous Vehicles/Electric Vehicles
  3. Three-Dimensional Transport
  4. Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  5. Automation of Technology – Workflows are increased with data now is automated and system-generated with GPS technology in pallets and advanced sensors show inventories and can self count contents in containers for high levels of accuracy and efficiency.

Logistics transportation is an interconnected system with volatility in daily unpredictable pricing and next day shipping demands from consumers – it’s a thriving business and the lifeline of the U.S. economy. You can say it’s a means of survival as the supply chain relying heavily on process synchronization, maintaining accurate shared data among the network and smooth timetable coordination of deliveries. Every step in the process needs to be calculated to move goods to market successfully.

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