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Harnessing AI for Logistics Optimization in 2024

Harnessing AI for Logistics Optimization in 2024

The road behind and the way forward.

As 2023 comes to an end, we take a closer look at one of the key features that defined the outgoing year and is sure to dominate the upcoming one: Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The road behind and the way forward.

As 2023 comes to an end, we take a closer look at one of the key features that defined the outgoing year and is sure to dominate the upcoming one: Artificial Intelligence (AI).

20 December 2023
Streem Global

Once the subject of science fiction films, AI is now upon us and 2023 was the year it made a splash globally.

In reality, what we now call AI has been around for some time; it just became greatly more sophisticated and was rebranded using a term that recently got rid of its mostly negative connotations, following the release of OpenAI’s chatbot, ChatGPT.

That is not to say the AI revolution did not prompt (pun intended) a machines-will-take-over-the-world sentiment among many people; but, all (rational and not-so-rational) fears aside, AI is surely another tool added to those available to man.

In the post-Covid era, it is in any business’ best interest to incorporate AI optimization, where applicable. Logistics is no exception. Not only that, but the industry, faced with many challenges, can benefit greatly from incorporating AI-powered systems to its modus operandi.

Think real-time insights into the supply chain.

They nail down demand predictions, cut back transportation costs, step up the customer service game, chip in high-level strategy analysis and help financial reporting take off.

Plus, what a win for security and risk management that is!

So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some areas that AI will transform in 2024.

AI’s aid: 5 ways AI can back up business logistics

1. Fraud detection in the supply chain

Theft, counterfeiting and unauthorized access to sensitive data can damage the supply chain and significantly reduce a business’ effectiveness. AI supervision technologies can and have been proven quite effective in identifying and preventing various fraudulent activities.

2. Pre-emptive forecasting

AI tools can significantly improve the accuracy of demand forecasting. By analyzing historical sales data, market trends, weather patterns and potential disruptions, these tools provide better prediction of demand patterns. This, in turn, facilitates better inventory planning, ultimately reducing instances of stockouts.

AI can also offer predictive maintenance for operational efficiency. This means, real-time monitoring of equipment and assets that helps identify potential issues before they escalate. This proactive approach aids in reducing downtime and maintenance costs, as well as enhancing overall equipment effectiveness. This application is particularly relevant for asset owners, including warehouse operators, terminal managers and fleet overseers.

3. Real-time monitoring

AI provides real-time visibility into the entire supply chain, from raw materials to finished products. This capability aids in identifying potential bottlenecks and delays, so that companies may take corrective actions beforehand. The implementation of digital twin technology that creates virtual replicas of physical assets or systems can lead to improved performance and strategic planning in supply chain operations.

4. Automation in warehouse and transportation

Thanks to AI, companies can automate and optimize warehouse and transportation operations. This includes utilizing software systems for forecasting, inventory management and route planning, alongside automated assets such as robots, picking arms, drones, forklifts and trucks. This automation not only reduces costs but also elevates customer service levels.

5. Personalized customer experience and the returns conundrum

Consumer expectations dictate the trajectory of the logistics industry, with demands for flexible delivery options and rapid shipping becoming paramount.

Issues like these become more pressing in sectors like fashion, where returns pose both financial and logistical hurdles.

Recognizing this dynamic and employing AI to generate personalized recommendations for customers, not only addresses returns but also transforms them into opportunities for the broader logistics sector.

Where are we now?

Presently, strong emphasis is placed on developing AI solutions to automate mundane tasks, reduce expenses and improve overall efficiency in the industry.

Based on all the above points it is safe to say that, as far as AI applications can go in logistics, sky’s the limit.

What’s next?

As we step into 2024, the integration of AI into logistics operations is not just a technological upgrade; it is a strategic imperative. As emerging technologies and algorithms continue to surface, the logistics sector can boast more sophisticated AI and machine learning, fostering innovation and increasing competitiveness.

In a world that’s changing fast through complicated technologies, our commitment to our mission remains simple: To always deliver. For you.

That’s why Streem Global combines innovation, transparency, streamlined operations, end-to-end solutions and tech-savviness in a way that doesn’t follow tech trends, but rather leads them. All ways possible. Always tailored to your needs. That’s our way to go, wherever next.