New Technology Trends and Their Transformative Impact on Logistics and Supply Chain Processes

Andra Angeleanu

Abstract


One of the most distinct characteristics of today’s world is technological advancement. Global Supply Chains and the Logistic industry are important beneficiaries of technological progress. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of new societal and technology trends on Logistics and Supply Chain, and determine how they help improve Supply Chain processes, productivity and costs. My research methodology requires examining relevant, up-to-date literature from multiple industry, academic and independent international organization sources, in order to arrive at a more complete understanding of the transformative effects of five emerging trends: Cloud Logistics, Supergrid Logistics, Anticipatory Logistics, Omni-Channel Logistics, and Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D Printing). I intend to shed light on the following question: Do global companies and Logistic Service Providers stand to benefit from riding the wave of technological innovation? The paper presents examples for each examined new trend, and formulates conclusions and further research possibilities.

Keywords


3D Printing; Cloud Logistics; Logistics-as-a-Service; Logistics Trends; Omni-channel Logistics

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International Journal of Economic Practices and Theories (IJEPT) ISSN: 2247 – 7225 (online)