The logistics and transport industry is currently on the verge of a digital shakeup, which will dramatically transform it. With the evolution of digitisation, platform-based business models will connect new entrants, eliminate inefficient old ones and harness the cloud.
According to a recent report by Transparency Market Research, the rising volume of global trade will increase existing supply chain pressure. The logistics services sector is estimated to reach a value of $16,445 billion by 2026, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 7%.
Digitisation is needed to offer more streamlined end-to-end services, in order to steer the logistics industry into the direction of becoming more resource efficient, faster, and more responsive to customer needs.
The annual FIATA World Congress 2019 will take place in Cape Town from 1 to 5 October, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
The event will bring together the international freight logistics & transport industry, it will be an occasion for industry leaders from across the globe, to gain insights into industry challenges and present sustainable solutions.
FIATA President, Babar Badat says the event will host over 1,200 industry stakeholders and decision makers for discussions on issues in the logistics industry, the developments, the possibilities, new technologies and its influence on the industry.
The meetings will also provide thought provoking ideas as well as opportunities for the sharing of best practices from international industry heavyweights.
“We are hosting this year’s event jointly with our Member, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and this year’s theme is ‘Where Technology and Logistics Meet.’
The Congress programme will focus on new technology, disruptive innovation and how this affects the logistics and freight forwarding industry worldwide,” Badat adds.
He explains that exciting new concepts, such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, blockchain and big data all give people a closer look at life in the future.
“The rise of technology start-ups is redefining the industry’s business models, pushing traditional practitioners to rethink what they have become used to in the past and what to change in the future.”
More than 90% of experts are convinced that digitisation will add value for the international logistics industry; however, Badat says that as with everything, digitisation comes with both pros and cons.
“Businesses have to ensure they have wireless networks and digital support infrastructures in place, there is cyber security and data protection. Good examples of this are the recent cases of cyber pirates targeting logistics and transportation companies.” Read more here