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5 Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions

When a new year rolls around, everyone and their dog writes an article about what to expect moving forward, and Forbes is no different. Steve Banker offers up five predictions for the supply chain in 2014:

  1. Growth of natural gas fleets
  2. More robots in the warehouse
  3. The rise of omni-channel courier companies
  4. Supply chain software gets easier to use
  5. Panama Canal work will continue and its impact will begin to be felt

Earth: Friend, Partner

The use of natural gas will expand because it is domestic and less subject to the volatility that comes with oil. It also provides great ROI when the routes are properly chosen.  The Panama Canal meanwhile is being widened to support the new massive Post Panamax ships, which will enormously increase the amount of goods being shipped at a time.

Rise of the Machines

Robots applicable to supply chains are advancing in complexity at quite the clip, and Banker ventures to say that a lights-out warehouse may not be too far off. Supply chain software at the same time continues to become more user-friendly by way of social media functionality. Omni-channel courier companies almost seem like a no-brainer, but to read about why, as well as getting more details on the other points provided here, check out the original article:

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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