Is bigger always better? The trends towards next-day and same-day delivery has impact on the location of Hub-warehouses and logistics. Companies continuously search for better methods to get packages to their customers front door, therefore they also need a location to distribute packages to delivery drivers and tracing facilities based on Ineternet of Things (IOT)
In search of fast delivery and the reduction of CO2 transportation footprint, ecommerce companies are investigating the possibilities of warehouses close to their end-market.
The trend seen throughout Europe and the USA is that companies such as Amazon, Zalando and others will develop regional warehouses and fewer major warehousing hubs. This trend, which is becoming a global phenomenon, brings the products closer to the consumer, making them easier to deliver in a timely manner. The smaller regional warehouses also take up a smaller footprint, making them easier to get approved and constructed.
What impact has Internet of Things on the logistics and warehousing industries?
Fleet management and transportation
Next to warehousing, Fleet management has always been an important part of the logistics industry. With the advancements of GPS tracking services, managing a fleet of vehicles has never been easier. This new connection provided by the Internet of Things will connect and reach all of a fleet virtually effortless. Trucks and drivers are tracked in the field, so the operator not only knows where the customers packages are but is also able to assign new deliveries on-the-go.
Aside of the impact on the tracking of packages IOT also has impact on the logistics and warehousing industries. Today many trucks already report their location and fuel economy wireless to the fleet management. Routes are adjusted in real-time to provide in-time-delivery.
IoT affects many aspects of warehouse management from inventory control to potential safety issues.
QR-code, RFID and other tracking technologies allows warehouse management to know what products are in the warehouse and where the products are going. IoT also helps improve accuracy and speed for warehouse associates managing the inventory. For example, wire-less connected devices as wearable screens, readers and remote sensors can make it possible for associates to use real-time data on the warehouse items' location, meaning orders could be processed more efficiently. This is particularly important for small to mid-sized companies seeking to compete with large organizations as Amazon.