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The evolution of technology is slowly changing the way business is done today. Today, we are accustomed to a world where business is done online. The logistics and shipping industry has also embraced technological advancement to improve service delivery within the sector such as outsourcing and subscribing to the DHL program. Today, it is possible to receive your package in a matter of hours after ordering. These changes have improved all aspects of the transport industry including; international transportation (air & ocean), trucking transportation, shipment tracking and supply chain management. The adoption of technology in the global logistics industry has reduced costs and errors that were common in the past. Below are some technological advanced changing the logistics industry.

Shipment Tracking System

In the past, shippers were often left in the dark immediately after making their shipments. One had to make a follow-up through a phone call to know the progress of the delivery process. However, all this has changed. Internet and software development allows shippers to track their goods on transit until they reach the recipient. This enhanced user experience include features such as; customizable reporting and user accounts with specific information about the person whose cargo is destined to.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Sometimes back, it was almost impossible to operate. However, there are so many things you can do from your device or smartphone. Most devices today have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities that allow you to connect to everything and everyone. In the DHL program, IoT has opened many opportunities in supply chain management with the industry experiencing reduced cost, delays and risks. Internet of Things (IoT) has seen sensors being built into cargo trucks and ships and connected to a dispatcher for tracking purposes. Despite IoT not being a new technology, it continues to impact the logistics industry allowing for better intra-transit visibility of goods.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

RFID has been in existence for some time now and is one of te technologies used in the DHL program. This technology is used by companies to track their inventory in a cost-effective manner. In this, a sensor is placed on the cargo which later sends out radio waves when the goods are in transit. Barcodes work almost in the same manner as RFID. However, the superior speed in which RFID technology processes data is the reason why this technology is more appealing to businesses. Today, most companies use RFID technology to monitor containers from the distribution centers to the warehouses.

Enhanced GPS Accuracy

Not long ago, directions had to printed-out from the computer before one left the house. However, enhanced GPS accuracy has improved global logistics in the DHL program by improving the supply chain and delivery of goods. This has led to improved efficiency in the industry and greater customer satisfaction. You can easily track truck locations and improve hauls through access to updated data traffic.

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