The future of logistics is in last mile delivery, which is more challenging and complex than technology companies realize. It will take companies with proven logistics experience to lead the charge.

Logistics and transportation providers must remain agile enough to provide rapid pick-and-ship of products pre-staged closest to the customer to meet the needs of today’s on-demand oriented customers.

Recent constraints like asset shortages and natural disasters have elevated the need for supply chain collaboration and visibility solutions. New technologies and data sources will fuel the next generation of risk management and visibility solutions.

To meet the ELD 2017 deadline, many fleets will choose the simplest approach of requiring drivers to use mobile devices, increasing electronic logging software and mobile app development and sales.

Spread of advanced technologies and safety advancements into entry level vehicles in Australia. Smartphone connectivity including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, various forms of automatic in-vehicle technology such as adaptive cruise control.

An increase in back-office automation through machine-to-machine communication will improve network-wide visibility and serve as the foundation required for automated, driverless truck transportation.

Drones for logistics will be a bonus. The ability in built up areas to drop parcels off at the door and skip out on the traffic creates faster delivery cycles.

Increased use of QR barcodes which provide better delivery outcomes, and the next generation of telematics solutions using online GPS, which provide greater transparency and status updates to clients.

The biggest change coming in logistics and transportation will be technology to introduce a more streamlined, transparent process that eliminates hidden costs and extra fees.

When humans are replaced by self driving trucks and vehicles, swerving in and out of traffic on a gasoline powered motorcycle will be every teenager’s fantasy.