Being innovative, shaping change – this guiding theme of the LogiMAT 2016 is a rough outline of what will await us in the coming year. Logistics and supply chain managers will be tasked with actively and innovatively shaping operational change resulting from the idea of “instantness”, ongoing digitization, the industry 4.0 revolution, as well as the transition to agile management. This does not simply pose a challenge, but even more so, a great opportunity. The following offers an overview of the trends to watch within the supply chain industry in 2016.
Fast, faster, now: now-delivery
Even though it has been trending in the logistics industry for quite some time, same-day delivery might already become yesterday’s news in 2016, without ever being fully implemented. Developments may take us from same-day delivery services to now-delivery, meaning delivery of goods ordered via the internet within half an hour – that is what Amazon promises with its new delivery drone. There is not really a distinction between same-day delivery and now-delivery, because even delivery on the same day is not yet fully developed regarding its efficiency. In 2016, some pilot users will be expecting delivery drones to land on their doorsteps just shortly after clicking the ‘order‘ button.
Augmented reality in logistics
Smart glasses extend reality with digital information, thus creating an “augmented reality” for the user. In my outlook for supply chain trends in 2015 on the German blog of the German National Logistics Association (BVL), I suspected we would not just have prototypes at the end of 2015, but real world application examples on this topic. This prediction came true, since smart glasses are now being used in the picking and process optimization through “pick-by-vision” at…click here to access the full article.