DHL LOGISTICS TREND RADAR – TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

DHL LOGISTICS TREND RADAR: TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

 

TREND                                   IMPACT      TIMEFRAME   SUMMARY
3D Printing High > 5 years 3D printing is a disruptive technology that will change tomorrow‘s logistics by adding new  diversity to manufacturing strategies. Innovative logistics providers can become thought leaders in orchestrating complex networks that include traditional and 3D manufacturers.
Augmented Reality Medium< 5 yearsBlurring the lines between the digital and physical worlds, augmented reality (AR) will provide new perspectives in logistics planning, process execution, and transportation. By adding virtual layers of contextual information onto a heads-up display, AR empowers workers by providing the right information, at the right time, and in the right place.
Big Data High  < 5 yearsLogistics is being transformed through the power of data-driven insights. Unprecedented amounts of data can now be captured from various sources along the supply chain. Capitalizing on the value of big data offers massive potential to optimize capacity utilization, improve customer experience, reduce risk, and create new business models.
Bionic Enhancement Medium > 5 yearsWearable technologies and exoskeletons expand the boundaries of current physical barriers.  Smart clothing, bionic arms, and even smart contact lenses have the potential to support the logistics workforce in areas such as communication, process execution, and minimizing health and safety risks in the supply chain.
Cloud Logistics High  < 5 years Ideal for complex, volatile environments, cloud computing enables new ‘logistics-as-a-service’ (LaaS)-based business models. Logistics providers can activate and deactivate customizable, modular cloud services on demand using a pay-per-use approach.
Digital Identifiers Low > 5 years New generations of digital identifiers such as digital watermarking and disposable smart labels increase transparency and traceability in the supply chain. Biometrics can also provide new methods of identification and can increase security in operations.
Internet of Things High < 5 yearsThe Internet of Things empowers smart objects to be active participants in self-steering,  event-driven logistics processes. Logistics is one of the major industries that will benefit from  the intelligent conjunction of information and material flows.
Low-cost Sensor Technology Medium < 5 years Established consumer sensor technologies enable new applications within the logistics industry.  With access to low-cost sensors, logistics is likely to increase the use of sensors, creating smart infrastructures for monitoring, inspecting, and volume scanning in the supply chain.
Robotics & Automation High  < 5 years Robotics and automation technologies support zero-defect logistics processes and enable new levels of productivity. The new generation of collaborative robots and automated solutions with significantly improved performance and enhanced sensing capabilities offers a genuine alternative to manual handling.
Self-driving Vehicles High > 5 yearsBreakthroughs in sensor and imaging technologies have resulted in a new generation of

self-driving vehicles that are more flexible and reliable than ever before. From autonomous forklifts to driverless trucks, self-driving vehicles will transform logistics by unlocking new levels of safety, efficiency, and quality.

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