You only need to look back a few decades to see how far logistics have come. Gone are the days of typically long transit times and limited options when it comes to different delivery and collection services. Today, we have everything from next and same-day deliveries, to automated ordering systems and even autonomous services – thanks primarily to improvements in technology.
Here we take a closer look at the technology and developments of the past that have both influenced and facilitated the logistics and delivery services we now see being used all over the world.
Improved Efficiencies in Transport
Firstly, there have been significant improvements to the efficiencies of transportation methods. All options from planes, to trucks, ships, and even smaller vans have developed and been made more economical and, in many cases, faster. This combination has meant the movement of goods has become overall more, accessible, affordable and efficient.
Better Communication and Systems
On top of this, the systems used to record, order and distribute goods have become much more sophisticated. Huge bulk orders can now be sorted instantly, and subsequently, the sheer volume of daily shipments has increased significantly.
Better Transport Links
A knock-on effect of this faster distribution has meant different countries have been able to provide more goods, earn more money and become more economically and socially developed.
This has also meant there is now better access across different transport networks and even international remote areas can now be accessed. You only need to look at the options available from leading logistics companies such as InXpress, to get an idea of just how much better modern networks are today.
The widespread use of handheld devices like smartphones and tablets has meant consumers are now used to receiving information almost instantly and as such want to receive their items faster. This has led to the increased availability of time and location-sensitive services like next or same-day delivery to your door, as delivery providers look to meet the preferences of their consumers.
The Development of A.I.
We have also recently seen the increased use of drones and autonomous delivery systems, which have again streamlined the logistics world even more.
With all this, it’s also fair to say that the progression of logistics has been quite rapid – particularly in the last five years, with the rise in the use of smart devices. So, a final thought for businesses and those who regularly use deliveries and logistics might be to ensure they do their best to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. This could see them making the most of the newer, better services that these technologies bring.