Forbes and Penske collaborated to produce a fascinating report ⏤ Logistics, Supply Chain and Transportation 2023: Change at Breakneck Speed.
Many parts of their study are familiar to us: Artificial Intelligence not so much as a magic-bullet solution as a means to accelerate and optimize. Robotics to increase manufacturing efficiency. The whole driverless truck scenario.
They also summarize the landscape of disruptive technology and its benefits, like enhanced productivity, accuracy, and worker satisfaction.
Some key findings:
Major changes in technology often seem to happen suddenly (poof: the iPhone appeared in 2007), or hardly at all (say, Apple makes a phone design change from squared edges to slightly curved).
In many ways, the revolution is happening right beneath our feet ⏤ or, in our business, under our tires. What’s most impressive to us from that report is this statement:
Yes, in our business of third-party logistics, we depend on partnerships, built on reputation and trust, to get the job done and to grow in the industry. In our view, nobody can do this alone. So, to us it’s been no surprise. Because that’s how we operate.
The pleasing surprise is in seeing statistics that show executives increasingly willing to outsource parts of their essential operations. At the beginning and end of the day, utilizing a 3PL saves time and money.