I have the data, now what?
Technologies such as Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence help in this complex process of data interpretation. The potential of these new techniques based on continuous learning, allow discovering new improvement factors.
They serve for example to detect potential customers, predict new trends or decide on the location of a new warehouse according to the strategy.
But without a doubt, the most widespread technology today among logistics companies is the IoT (Internet of Things). The massive use of devices connected to each other has opened a world of possibilities in the sector. The implementation of IoT-enabled sensors allows trucks, ships and warehouses to be connected to the Internet and, for example, to inform about the geolocation or the environmental conditions (temperature, humidity and pressure) in which a product is located.
The information obtained through IoT, allows to obtain visibility of the operations and have a greater knowledge on how or where to make improvements. As a result, process management, merchandise tracking or error detection is much simpler. Companies like ICP , use intelligent sensors that send all the operational information to their systems, and help them in making decisions in real time.
And not only the data is involved in this transformation process. There are other systems that continue to boost logistics: RFID, which is mainly used for inventory control and that allows reducing management times, improving the traceability of the entire supply chain and obtaining information on the merchandise in real time; GPS systems for route optimization and shipment tracking; drones that analyze the stock, make inventories and even transport to hard-to-reach points or the Data Matrix codes that are used to achieve greater control of the state of the product at any point in the supply chain.
In many sectors, in fact, having or not having these innovations is decisive to achieve the competitive advantage that makes your business grow.