Full Digitalization: An Optimised Supply Chain

Due to process characteristics and complexity, freight transport faces many challenges during day-to-day business; specifically, logistics operators are currently facing several challenges such as increasing cargo volumes and security demands that put additional burden on them.  

Technologically wise, the Internet of Things paradigm applied to the transport and logistics sector allows freight to be sensed and controlled remotely, with logistics operators able to automate and digitalise their operations. These enabling technologies disclose enormous opportunities in defining new processes, improving efficiency and gaining a competitive advantage by creating a seamless fully digitalised supply chain, where the single node or the single operator is seen as a part of the entire corridor.

NEED FOR VISIBILITY

In the epoch of a rapidly evolving global economy, one of the most eminent positions is dedicated to logistics, in the base of which lie myriad supply chains across the world. In such a context the catchword is “visibility”, that provides a clear image of where inventory, vehicles and goods are in any moment. First, it is an “in-transit” visibility, which shows all movements of inventory/vehicles from origin to final destination. Obtainment of complete supply-chain visibility is no easy feat, especially when you deal with geographically scattered partners that use different IT systems to collect, transform and analyse data in a different way for a different purpose.

Dr Luca Abatello, CEO, Circle, Genoa, Italy
Edition: The Bulk Issue

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