It went by fast, but 2019 is almost out the door with 2020 hot on its heels. Let’s take a second to reminisce on this fading year. For the logistics industry, there was a fair share of highs and lows. But alas, the transportation scene is always changing. No matter what happens, it pushes on into the future, prompting fast adaptation and innovation. Keeping up with the newest trends is one way to prepare yourself for what lays ahead as a logistics professional.
So, what can we expect in 2020? Here are some of the biggest predictions to keep in mind.
You can’t talk about logistics trends without technology. It’s becoming a huge part of the industry, making communication more transparent and supply chain management way easier to handle. Technology will continue to improve, specifically for trucks mechanisms (smart technology), fuel savings (electric trucks) and tracking software.
Every year more and more people are opting to shop online. We read about it in the news; how big name chain stores and shopping mall staples are shutting down stores, because everyone buys online! eCommerce is only predicted to increase, and with that comes a higher demand for truck shipping. We can expect to see industry changes, as trucking adapts to the “fast” shipping climate of eCommerce.
Over the past few years, rural regions in North America have experienced exponential growth. One-horse towns are transforming into mini urban hubs, as technology connects us all. Franchises are popping up everywhere, supplying people with jobs and resources to live. This in turn, has given rise to the construction of new road systems that make it easier and faster for truck drivers to travel. In other words, truckers have more options for routes, places to stay and planning than they had before. With urbanization comes flexibility and more comfort for drayage professionals.