The emergence of cutting-edge technology is enabling and improving the future of the cold chain and its operations. Here is a view of five transportation technologies that will create an unprecedented change in the cold chain of tomorrow.
Future Transportation Technologies
1. Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles and fleets are creating a huge buzz, especially in the supply chain sector. They can look for exit ramps, stop abruptly for other cars, and change speeds when necessary. While some in the supply chain industry think autonomous vehicles are still a long way off, there are some intriguing developments in recent years. This type of technology can become widely used for final-mile deliveries.
As a hypothetical transportation technology, Hyperloop transports pressurized air capsules at speeds up to 700 mph. So what are the supply chain implications of this type of transportation? The prospect of shipping temperature-sensitive goods at high speeds would allow the cold chain to be more flexible and more responsive.
3. Drone Delivery
Imagine ordering a product online and receiving it within an hour. Thanks to Amazon, drone delivery is about to revolutionize the supply chain industry. This type of transportation method offers several advantages, including quick delivery times, reduced costs, increased competition, and sustainability.
4. Big Data
Data is a fundamental component of logistics operations in the cold chain. Companies will begin using geography-specific data to anticipate demand of certain products in a region. This will maximize efficiency and drive profitability for the cold chain industry.
5. The Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT is a network that involves machine-to-machine communication, which is changing how delivery and fulfillment companies are conducting operations. Internet of Things makes the cold chain transportation extremely versatile, affordable, and convenient. IoT monitors can also stay with a shipment across various transportation methods.
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