Future of Logistics Industry: Are You Ready?

What is the future of the logistics industry? This topic seems to be irrelevant and far-fetched. Anyway, most people don't realize that every business tries to deal with the future now and then. The formal process to predict the future is called "Strategic Planning". A tool like Mission, Vision, and Value encourages every business entity to visualize the future (in an ideal state), develop the purpose of an organization, creates the value for various stakeholders then creates a plan to materialize the goal.

Strategic planning usually covers 2-3 years time span. Long range planning of more than 3 years ahead of time is not a common practice. The reason is that it requires a significant amount of data and method to interpret the data. If long-range planning is done properly, logistics company will know what kind of product or service they should pursue, what kind of distribution network they have to develop, what kind of infrastructure they have to invest in and how they can develop capabilities of the organization.

In order to determine the future of the logistics industry in a quick and efficient manner, I've done a lot of literature survey and found 3 interesting articles. The first article is called "Transportation and Logistics 2030" by Pwc and the second article is called "Scenario Planning for Logistics An Experts' View for 2025" by the Supply Management Institute. Both articles use the Delphi Method to predict the future. The last paper is called "Third-Party Logistics: A Literature Review" from Marasco 2007. Data is then extracted, evaluated and summarized in the infographic that is easier to follow.

- von der Gracht, H. A., Darkow, I. L., Gnatzy, T., Ruske, K. D., Kauschke, P., Reuter, J., & Montgomery, E. (2009). Transportation & Logistics 2030—Volume 1: How Will Supply Chains Evolve in an Energy-constrained, Low-carbon World. PwC, Düsseldorf.

- Heiko, A., & Darkow, I. L. (2010). Scenarios for the logistics services industry: a Delphi-based analysis for 2025. International Journal of Production Economics, 127(1), 46-59.

- Marasco, A. (2008). Third-party logistics: A literature review. International Journal of production economics, 113(1), 127-147.

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Last review and update: September 1, 2018
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