Self-driving trucks are on the forefront of a slew of innovations set to reshape the supply chain industry. Companies are exploring automated vehicles, robotic manufacturing and distribution, so-called chatbot communication and more as they contend with technological advances and the rise of online shopping, according to a new report from logistics information company Eye For Transport, or EFT.
“The emergence of e-commerce has caused significant shifts within the supply chain as a whole,” researchers wrote in the report. “Organizations — retailers, suppliers and service providers alike — are all aligning their strategies and technology purchases to take advantage of this booming trend.”
Over the holidays, retailers recorded a record $91.7 billion in online sales — up 11 percent year-over-year, according to Adobe Digital Insights. Mobile devices alone funneled $28.4 billion in sales, a 23 percent increase from the previous year. Some 51 percent of supply chain companies believe their operations will include driverless trucks by 2025, according to survey results released Thursday. Three percent plan on employing autonomous vehicles this year, while nearly 4 percent anticipate using them in 2018.
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