New trends in logistics and supply chain development in 2022

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With the repeated fluctuations of the epidemic, global production has slowed down, resulting in the imbalance between supply and demand of commodities, which has greatly affected the development of global logistics and supply chains. From raw material procurement to the end customer, the risk of force majeure is testing the business, operational, financial and organizational resilience of every company.

The pandemic will continue to affect the development of global logistics and supply chains for a long time to come. How can companies build resilience in their supply chains in the future? Staying on top of the new trends in logistics and supply chain development is vital for all retailers and logistics companies who want to stay ahead in the New Year.

1. Localized supply chain becomes normal under instant delivery
Online orders once took days to receive, but now half an hour or an hour is not uncommon. Due to the fierce competition in the market, on-demand delivery is rapidly becoming a differentiating factor. In order to timely complete orders, localized supply chains have gradually become the norm. Through localized warehouses, sources, manpower management of inventory and transportation, order delivery can be completed quickly and effectively, and customer service experience can be improved.

2. Agile supply chain management through advanced technology
With the development of automation, supply chain management technology landscape is changing rapidly. In the era of smart logistics, processes need to be automated, systems and data need to be integrated, employees need new resources, and managers need better visibility into the supply chain. All of this requires a supply chain optimization platform that can do all of the above, with powerful two-way data synchronization to ensure that each supply chain and business platform and all team members keep pace.

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3. Anticipate inventory and delivery requirements in advance
Prediction and analysis of big data can potentially provide insights that help respond to events or outages. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) can turn supply chain data into assets for analyzing and improving business operations. As a result, more and more logistics and supply chain companies are using logistics management software to anticipate inventory and delivery problems ahead of time and keep track of problems along the way.

4. Work with crowdsourcing and multiple logistics partners
Efficient multi-fleet management is another key step in achieving cost savings, meeting customer expectations and keeping the digital supply chain running well. Logistics and supply chain companies that want to complete a large number of delivery orders in a short period of time need to cooperate with multiple fleets and other third-party suppliers in addition to their own drivers.

5. Strengthen sustainable supply chain management
The retail supply chain is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions, accounting for more than 50% of total emissions, especially transportation. Therefore, strengthening sustainability management throughout the supply chain will help the supply chain to remain competitive. Of course, addressing carbon emissions as an ecosystem is not something that logistics companies, partners and technology companies can do alone. It is something that we need to do together.

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