University of Tennessee, Knoxville released, “New Supply Chain Technology Best Practices: The Application of New Technology in the Physical Supply Chain, “I’d like to bring your attention to the new white paper. It’s one of the most comprehensive whitepapers that gives overall pros and cons of emerging technologies like drones and driver less vehicles, to support the increasingly highly sophisticated supply chain. Jayem logistics, the largest warehousing company in India has Research and Development team, during research we found interesting technologies that could change every traditional way of logistics. These are going to create revolutionary change in supply chain logistics.
Author, Dr. Paul Dittman noted, many amazing points that I totally agree with his perspective. All supply chain professionals are facing more challenges due to innovation fast than ever. Stronger brand presence needs quicker adoption of technology innovation. The one in the list are Robotics, Driver less trucks, followed by drones and 3-Printing
Enhancing customer service through Drones as there is wide range of drone applications. For instance, WALMART used a drone to verify inventory in one of its distribution centers. In future drones will become a major supply chain tool that is beyond present type of delivery system
Robotics applications are enormous linked to the digital side of innovation. It is believed that companies would soon have a robotics department with a chief robotics officer responsible for coordinating implementation and robotics strategy. In future robots take many human jobs and decrease manual labor with more technical skills. This might increases unemployment
3-D is used in many companies for rapid prototyping as it applications in supply chain is beyond today. Low volume, complex geometrics for assembly, need for faster consumer response and customization.
Driver less vehicles:
Mercedes Benz introduced a production driver-less truck using radar and a camera for detecting lanes and markings. Legal issues like government regulations are the main barriers to adopt this technology.
These are the technologies have power to disrupt the competition between companies.