As ecommerce has become synonymous with commerce, consumers have been brought along for an incredible ride.
Since 2005, the average miles traveled per Amazon package has dropped from 1,100 to 75. In the broader B2B logistics world, however, things are much bumpier. Two-day delivery is one thing, but truckers need to get goods cross-country in two weeks, while making a two hour delivery window. And as goods move closer to consumers, price drops make inventory and asset planning even more critical. Globally, the headlines don’t lie: strained supply chains, labor shortages, manufacturing logjams, and surging fuel prices are all a daily reality.
There are ongoing shockwaves through the competitive landscape, but they’re also creating chances to make other players better, especially on the enterprise side. This begins with recognizing that resource problems are usually data problems as well. Most companies can’t suddenly acquire a vast fleet or warehouse network - yet opportunities abound to integrate data and systems to improve visibility and reliability, make operations more efficient and sustainable, and create modern, consumer-quality experiences.