Since the 1960s, the definition of corporate logistics has shifted. As products and services were needed over the years, supply chains expanded globally and experts grew in their own niches & skills. Moving much deeper into the modern epoch, the complexity of logistics processes motivated the development of software for logistics management and launched companies seeking only to speed up resource movement along the supply chain.

Market share of main transport and logistics sector

The world logistics market in 2017 is expected to hit $12,975.64 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 6.5% from 2020 to 2027.

Logistics is commonly known for the process of coordination and movement of resources from one place to the desired destination from equipment, food, liquids, inventory, materials and people.

It is the control of the movement of products from one point to the point of consumption in order to satisfy customers’ requirements. The management of logistics focuses on the reliability and efficient regular management of the output of completed products and services of the business.

Such management is part of the supply chain management, and the efficient, effectively forward, reverse flow and storage of products is planned, implemented and managed accordingly.

Intelligent material management and advanced inventory tracking can help to streamline the stock flow, to accelerate order fulfilment, improve customer support and profitability.

The logistics of transport involves only the handling of resources as it travels through the supply chain. This relates directly to the way freight is transported. This delivery model helps to ensure that all goods are delivered safely and securely, be it by truck, by air or by sea.

Challenges faced by the logistics industry

    • Fuel Costs

The fuel prices are one of the highest expenses which contribute to the ‘cutting cost of transport.’ Increased transport costs for US carriers are likely to rise this year, by increasing fuel surcharges. The rising US fuel prices add up to freight surcharges, reversing a two-year trend which has reduced truckers’ revenues and earnings by plummeting fuel prices.

    • Business Process Improvement

Despite the need for modern technologies, which we are discussing in eight lists, logistics industry has become a growing obstacle to keep up with new developments in business processes. Using these new opportunities sounds attractive, but adoption and embarkation can be daunting.

    • Economy

A major credibility crisis and increasing inflationary demands, which are hitting the US economy, arise with high fuel prices. This industry is then being challenged by rising enforcement regulations, decreasing demand and additional capacity, as key cost centers increase.

Technology - Innovation

Manufacturers have even reached the point that they plan to outsource logistics management to specialists, a sector dominated by third-party logistics (3PLs). In addition, the logistics and supply chain sector, which is also in the thick of the digital age, has taken steps to digitize both internal and external processes.

New technologies have advanced, with major impacts on business processes both in the logistics and transport sectors. In real time, multiple-point transparency and the smooth exchange of operational information with key sector-intensive performance metrics have been facilitated by technologies to flow and resources. Knowledge and physical products in this intensely competitive market along with a better service must be transported efficiently and at a lower cost.