Logistics 4.0 or digital logistics is a new way of managing warehousing and getting products to customers.
In the new paradigm of Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, technology is not just a part of the process, but an essential element that ensures competitive advantage, efficiency and agility. Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and other digital technologies have fully impacted the entire production chain, including logistics.
Logistics has evolved from an operational sector to a sector that provides valuable data and information for production and sales, and companies have realised that they need more complex solutions and tools.
The digitisation of the logistics sector
The technological tools of digital transformation in logistics are becoming more precise, independent and intelligent. There are now systems capable of capturing, processing and analysing a huge volume of data. These are the major trends of digital transformation in logistics:
- Digitisation of information
Digitising analogue documentation has been one of the first steps taken by logistics companies. Management systems such as CRM, route planning systems, ERP, etc. are popular digital technologies that automate some manual processes and streamline them.
- Big Data and real-time information
With digital transformation, information flows constantly in large quantities and is always available. Real-time information together with data intelligence and cloud computing offers a complete view of the value chain including flows, routes, weather information, traffic status, supply and demand of services by geographical areas, etc. This information facilitates decision-making and optimises costs and time.
- Internet of Things (IoT)
The internet of things is a great revolution in logistics that allows goods to be transported safely and transport processes to be automated. It basically consists of various sensors that capture information from the physical world and enter it into digital databases.
- Intelligent transport
Autonomous vehicles are set to play a major role in the sector.
- Safety and security
Real-time information, together with Smart City and Open Data models, will help to
- Artificial intelligence
Beyond reproducing patterns, tools can now use machine learning to develop new connections intelligently.
The importance of digitalisation in logistics
Digitalisation in logistics is a competitive advantage today and a must for the warehouses of the future. The digitisation of all sectors of a company is a trend that will continue into the future and is gradually penetrating all major economic sectors, albeit at an uneven pace.
With increased competition, the price and quality of products have levelled out and the consumer chooses delivery time as a differentiating factor in the purchasing decision.