As we head into the middle of the year, we’re seeing many new trends emerge in the world of logistics and a great deal of them are third-party, or 3PL. Here are three of the top 3PL trends we’re keeping an eye on for 2020:
Robotics and More
More and more 3PL companies are starting to use robotics to combat the labor shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. With many manufacturers being short-staffed while also being forced to ramp up production, a solid and efficient solution was needed making room for a new 3PL trend, and it appears that robots are doing the trick. Some 3PL companies are also using related AI technology to ramp up production and keep systems running smoothly both in-office and on production lines.
Analytics has always been a big part of business, but more and more business owners and board members are starting to perk up and really take notice of numbers, realizing what many of us have always known: data is one of the key components of ensuring efficient, accurate productions that meet demand on-time. With many different analytics services, apps, platforms, and software being offered across the board, for any and all industries, business owners will be spoiled for choice when it comes to their favorite data analysis programs. The main point, though, is that studying the data is a great way to ensure that business is always running smoothly. This is no new 3PL trend but still as valuable as ever.
Eco-Friendly and “Green” Processes
Always on-trend, many businesses are realizing that the “green” movement to become more eco-friendly isn’t going away so our third 3PL trend is centered around climate change. With climate change a hot button issue, more and more manufacturers realize that they simply must change business practices to include more sustainable models, using supplies, materials, and packaging that is more eco-friendly and working to create less pollution and waste in the workplace. These changes dwindle down to the consumer, allowing them to feel good about the choices they make, which leads to increased revenues, and companies can also enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that they’re doing right by their company, their customers, and the planet.
These are just three of the main 3PL trends we’re seeing in 2020, but there are plenty more to keep your eye on.
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