Warehouse and Supply Chain Transportation Trends

Updated: Apr 8, 2019

As the 4th Industrial Revolution evolves, digital transformation in the supply chain is well underway. However, the availability of labor has been a persistent and costly challenge.

“A recently published report forecasting blue-collar labor shortages to continue through 2019 and beyond. Transportation labor is explicitly noted as an area with growing shortages due to the rapid growth in online shopping that is creating strong demand for delivery drivers. The labor shortages are also a contributing factor to the widespread transportation capacity shortage in the US.  Driverless trucks are one proposed long-term solution to the problem.“


Companies are quickly eliminating mundane tasks, clipboards, phone calls and emails. Instead companies are investing in efficient and collaborative digital solutions such as, autonomous vehicles, robotics, industrial IoT, and Smart Contracts.


Now is the time to Invent the Future!


Ancra President Larry Bethel says AutoDeck is a first-of-its-kind system that enables loading dock staff and drivers to automate the height of every trailer decking beam with the push of a button. Built with regard for operator safety, Bethel says the easy to use automation features will lead to a higher utilization of decking systems, reducing time to load and improve both satisfaction and safety for logistics staff.



Driverless Trucks Are Transforming The Way Packages Are Shipped.  Technology created by TuSimple relies on a minimum of nine cameras, five radars, and two laser radars to read the road.





Just 60 robots run this Alibaba warehouse in China. They've increased productivity by 300% & are now doing 70% of the work in the warehouse.





Supply chain workers in short supply. CNBC's Frank Holland reports on one of the world's largest packaged delivery companies, DHL, sounding the alarm about a looming labor shortage. 






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