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Some trends to look out for in the logistics industry for 2023

With a myriad of additional variables, including climate change, the current recession, rising fuel costs an influencing efficient logistics, carriers such as Unitrans must rely on innovative approaches to the logistics industry’s current issues in order to sustain operations in the long run. We will show you the most recent logistics trends 2023, pushing the logistics business.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is not a new topic but we foresee it becoming ever more pertinent in the next few years. As has been widely documented what most experts predict is that Artificial Intelligence will increasingly assist with automation — whereby the automated processes have the potential to ‘learn’ on their own to assist with dynamic tasks and processes. The projection, at least for the near future, is that AI will still require some human input and supervision. While the concept is certainly not without its pitfalls and can be contentious if used correctly it has the capacity to greatly improve the efficiency of the entire logistics supply chain. Read more about the state of AI in this McKinsey Global Survey report.

Increased focus on sustainability

For us at Unitrans sustainability has always been a very important topic. Some studies suggest that a very high percentage of industry carbon emissions comes from road-based transport. The result is that climate change adaptation, ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and sustainability will continue to be a big factor in 2023. At Unitrans we are constantly working to lessen our effect on the planet through the use of the most efficient modes of delivery such as rail in certain parts of Africa as well as road trains.

 In addition to environmental sustainability, For Unitrans it is important to invest in the local economies and talent pools in which we operate. We hire from the communities where our operations are based and up to 98% of staff are from the areas where operations are in.

Blockchain Technology

When you first read the term ‘blockchain’ you may well immediately think of cryptocurrency, but the truth is the application of this technology goes way beyond that and can prove very powerful in the logistics industry. In broad terms, blockchain offers consumers a decentralised digital ledger through which the entire supply journey can be tracked. It removes human error in many sectors in the process and, in addition, allows for more transparent audits and improves security by revealing attempted frauds.

 In addition to environmental sustainability, For Unitrans it is important to invest in the local economies and talent pools in which we operate. We hire from the communities where our operations are based and up to 98% of staff are from the areas where operations are in.