It’s likely that in 2022 and beyond autonomous vehicles and equipment will increasingly emerge as a key trend in the Logistics and Supply Chain sector. Equipment that we’ve seen increasingly automated includes automated storage, retrieval, trucking and delivery. Robots such as these can offer huge benefits, including increasing safety and automating menial, repetitive tasks – and allowing human workers to focus on other value-adding activities. The growth in this area is being driven globally by government green initiatives and emissions sanctions but has been hindered by COVID-19 and fears of a recession.
Customers expect better, faster shipping, while keeping prices as low as possible and improving sustainability. This has and will continue to put pressure on every step of the supply chain, requiring significant transformation in almost all facets of the industry. For any business to compete, especially against large multinationals branching out into logistics, research shows that process optimisation, efficiency and relationship-building will all be critical in 2022 – and beyond.