5 mega-trends that will reshape Logistics and Transportation [VIDEO]

February 8, 2017 Ken Klaver

The future of logistics and transport

VIDEO - Thanks to new technologies, we are now at the dawn of great changes. Robots, drones, big data, the Internet of Things and virtual reality provide unprecedented opportunities. 

But what are the most important trends to watch to prepare yourself and your company for the future? In this blog, we take you on a journey, highlighting the five most influential trends for the Supply Chain industry 2030. 

Along the road, we have selected opinions from International keynote speakers, trend watchers, and futurists (i.e. Elon Musk, Richard van Hooijdonk) and gathered cutting edge video's with the 5 most important trends. 

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The Hyperloop is a ground transport concept proposed by Musk in 2013 to transport 'pods' of 20-to-30 people through a 12-foot diameter tube at roughly 700 mph.

Use this link to learn more about the Hyperloop project,  that could change transport and logistics as we know it. The Hyperloop competition was put on by SpaceX in Los Angeles, which represents a major step in turning the dream of Hyperloop travel into reality. Delft University (The Netherlands) took first prize with their carbon fibre design. A nice little detail...the Hyperloop awards were 3D printed and signed by the man himself, Elon Musk.

That the Hyperloop development is closer than you think, is proven by the video here below. In January 2017, the first ever run was carried out!

2. Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things is nothing new in the Logistics Industry. Nevertheless, what we are doing with IoT data is! According to a Forbes article, written by Logistics contributor Steve Banker, there are developments in the following areas:

1. Predictive analytics (startups) 

2. Supply Chain Control Towers

3. supply chain resiliency for inbound strategic materials

IoT in warehousing

Nowadays, you can have tens of thousands of items delivered to your door in an hour. Big game changer is Amazon with their innovative order picking and warehousing solutions. In the Manhattan Prime Now location, Tech insides got a sneak peak at how they stock their shelves — and it looks like a total mess. However, there's a perfect reason why it looks that way, and it's part of the reason you can get your order in just an hour.

3. Robots

The Kiva robot,  the now called Amazon robot, is the most well-known robot in the industry. Introduced in 2009, Amazon now uses over 30,000 of these robots in their facilities. The American E-commerce giant limited its use for internal purposes only. Nevertheless, there are more variants of the automated helpers in circulation. And its use is not only limited to the Warehouse. While Amazon is working hard to realize an automated grocery store (see video below) in which a staff of robots  grabs and bags items for shoppers, other firms are developing delivery and last-mile solutions using robots. 

- More about robots and autonomous vehicles in the logistics industry

- Download the DHL Robots in Logistics Trend report

Robots at the Warehouse: Changing the Face of Modern Logistics

- Robots In The Warehouse: It's Not Just Amazon

- Top 10 industrial robotic companies in the world 

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4. Drones

Many large (and smaller) Logistics Service Providers are exploring new delivery methods. In order to meet the growing E-commerce demand. Just like robots, drones are already in a far experimental phase and in some cases, already operative. LSP's are investing in this new technology to:

Stay competitive

Improve operational efficiency 

Lack of regulatory development in the United States and Europe has forced/pushed future delivery drone operators to search for alternative locations to test the drones for delivery uses.

According to the  "An Insight on Use of Drones in Global Logistics Industry, Forecast to 2020" report, recent developments surrounding drone technology have generated positive signs that the technology has the potential to be adapted into logistics delivery services between 2017 and 2020.


Industry leaders are cautious about drones, and how they can and will be used. While Amazon is looking to use drones for delivery, Wal-Mart is testing drones for internal use in its warehouses. Wal-Mart implemented test warehouse drones to capture images—up to 30 pictures per second—in real time and mark missing items in its inventory.

Although the industry is buzzing with the talk of drone use and many are eager to jump on the latest technology trend, it’s important to look at the limitations prior to jumping in completely. Drones must overcome a number of limitations, such as safety, payload capacity restrictions, and political acceptance before they will reach a high level of adoption and use.

5. BlockChain

What is the blockchain? If you don't know by now, you should! Explaining the blockchain is however reasonably complicated, but luckily we have support in the shape of the video below. 

BlockChain and Logistics

How blockchain can be a game changer for the shipping industry and for the Internet of Things, making both more secure.

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Ken Klaver

Ken Klaver governs ControlPay’s social media strategy, while developing brand awareness, generating inbound traffic and encouraging product adoption. On a daily basis, Klaver manages all social channels of CP, writes blogs, creates infographics and maintains a daily news page regarding the most relevant logistics and supply chain topics.

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