The future of logistics & supply chain

INSPIRING LECTURE

The transformation of logistics and supply chains has begun. We’ll see new autonomous transport systems, and robots and algorithms will ensure lower waste and more profits. Drones will deliver products within hours after you click the order button. Self-driving trucks will take care of the automatic supply and robots will provide maintenance in the warehouses. The Uberisation of logistics is underway. Do you know what the supply chain of the future will look like?

Below you will find an overview of the topics within this keynote lecture.

Topics

Smart delivery
A world where your parcel is delivered by an unmanned aerial vehicle or where a smart machine autonomously drives you from A to B – that’s exactly where we’re headed. Highly sophisticated AI platforms using deep learning algorithms will plan and optimise delivery routes and drones will be dropping off your packages a few hours after you’ve placed your order.
Smart distribution facilities
Innovative distribution centres of the future will be increasingly automated, using shelf-scanning robots to identify missing, misplaced, mislabeled, or incorrectly priced items. There will also be sensor tech, AR, computer vision, analytics, wearables, and the IoT – enabling smart, adaptable automation. We can expect to see more small facilities located closer to urban areas to enable same-day delivery.
New jobs and skills
As a result of the increasing use of automation in day-to-day logistics and SCM operations, there is a need for highly trained professionals to manage these highly automated operations, such as operations analysts, maintenance employees, and IT engineers. Apart from sourcing local talent, organisations may need to consider reskilling or upskilling existing staff members.
Ethics
In many ways, people are no longer separate from technology. It is, therefore, important to keep an eye on the moral side of technological developments, consider the implications for the world of tomorrow, and ensure we take important ethical considerations into account. We need to determine our boundaries and voice our opinions about how people and machines should work together.
Digital warehousing
Warehousing operations of the future will be increasingly digital, transparent, and efficient. The IoT and its ecosystem of temperature, location, and humidity sensors will enable real-time gathering, analysing, and transmission of data. Micro-drones with cameras, sensors, RFID-tech will enable us to check inventories with greater speed and accuracy, while wearables will optimise processes like order picking, receiving, and goods handling.
The Uberisation of logistics
In this age of increasing ‘Uberisation’, logistics companies can’t afford to have empty trips. Enter ‘Uberised’ logistics, the ‘on-call’ consolidation of shipments. This requires the implementation of computer technology in vehicles, enabling transport companies to optimise their available space and provide more efficient, faster deliveries. Customers can use logistics apps to pick the transporter and track their entire trip.
De toekomst van leiderschap
The future of work requires a new type of manager, who challenges the status quo and is willing to abandon entrenched ‘best practices’. There will be a move to flatter hierarchies as millennials are great team players and see traditional hierarchies as outdated. The managers of the future will offer employees opportunities to develop new skills and explore new positions.
The organisation of the future
The organisation of the future is hyper connected. It closely monitors new developments and collaborates with start-ups, scientists, and universities. It uses smart algorithms to analyse the world and employs a flexible workforce capable of rapidly developing new products and services. The company of the future requires accessible, inspiring leaders who are not afraid to veer off the beaten track.

All the topics mentioned can be presented in a comprehensive, compact way or, if required, omitted. Topics from other lectures or your own suggestions can also be added. We will gladly discuss this with you.

"You can’t really talk about the future without also being part of it”, says Richard van Hooijdonk. So he put his money where his mouth is. To date, he’s had several RFID chips injected into his body that perform various tasks for him. Van Hooijdonk is planning to have a number of additional chips implanted in 2020 and 2021.

This futurist has chips in his body

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