Across nearly every industry, artificial intelligence and automated technology are the most exciting advancements. In the freight shipping industry, automated shipping technology and artificial intelligence are also likely going to play a significant role in future of supply chain management. There are new shipping technologies being created and tested all the time for freight transportation, but most of it isn’t in widespread use. Will it change in the next few years? Will the entire industry be run by automated vehicles and artificial intelligence?

No one really knows where the coming years will leave the freight shipping industry in terms of technology and supply chain management strategies. There are, however, some likely trends to keep an eye on. Mainly, shipping technology like self-driving trucks, drone delivery, automated freight ports, and artificial intelligence streamlining supply chain management shipping software are likely trends that will become prominent.

Automated Trucks

Freight shipping companies could significantly cut costs, leaving more money to be invested into other supply chain management areas. This is one freight shipping technology many people are familiar with, because it’s been in the news quite a bit. There’s still a lot to do to improve them, but they’re already here, and they have been tested. Of course, there is concern what this shipping technology could mean for all of the trucking jobs in the country. While it has been tested, however, automated freight shipping trucks are still in development. They’re one of the closer shipping technologies to deployment, but they’re still not close to being the most common way to ship freight.

Drone Delivery

Drones have taken off in popularity as a technology in nearly every regard. The freight shipping industry is even considering use as air freight delivery systems. A major reason for the interest in freight drone delivery is for remote and hard to reach areas. When it’s difficult to reach by road, air based freight shipping technology like a drone could make last mile delivery much easier. Obviously, this isn’t an international mode of delivery, but it could be very useful for local transportation. Amazon, on the other hand, expects to use this shipping technology for a larger portion of its parcel shipping and ecommerce transportation than freight does. It could improve supply chain management by increasing speed and expedited delivery.

Freight Ports

As with many automated shipping technologies, a key concern is with job loss. On the other hand, automated freight ports would reduce safety issues, and increase efficiency. A lot of the vehicles involved in freight ports can be automatically run by shipping software. This ability has the potential to greatly reduce errors and dangers of moving freight in ports. There are ports that already work with almost entirely software operated machinery. The automated shipping technology and artificial intelligence at ports means fewer workers put themselves in danger climbing on freight containers and getting in the way of powerful cranes.

Artificial Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Artificial intelligence is used to run automated shipping technology and machinery, but it’s also used in other places. Shipping software and management systems are also being automated. There is shipping software capable of gathering data and running analytics completely on its own and making changes to supply chain management. Software can automatically select carriers and book shipments to streamline supply chains. Advanced software that is able to monitor performance and analyze shipping data provides crucial information to improve supply chain and freight shipping operations.

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