New technologies in transportation and logistics that emerged in response to COVID 19
Every global crisis that hits the economy, there are opportunities for new ways of tackling problems to emerge. The year 2020 was proof of the adaptation of businesses to be able to survive the almost total brake of productive activities derived from social distancing
Next, we will talk about the technologies that came to stay adapting foreign trade to the new normal:
DISTRIBUTION FROM THE SKY
Drones were a very good but very risky option for the security of nations; Therefore, for years, their progress towards the distribution of merchandise was slowed down. When the health crisis arrived, pilot tests were approved for the distribution of the vaccine against COVID-19 to remote parts of the planet.
These pilot tests paved the way for the commercial environment to open doors and adapt to be able to make drones a more common way of distribution to the end customer.
UNDER ZERO DISTRIBUTION
Countries in which the Pfizer vaccine is one of the main ones to be applied to its inhabitants, had to design a subzero supply chain. Parcels from all over the world such as DHL, FEDEX, UPS, among others; they had to apply containers with dry ice as a means of transport for the flights where they distributed the vaccines where quick transfer is key
This is due to the fact that it must be stored at extremely low temperatures – 70 degrees Celsius below zero (94 degrees Fahrenheit below zero); forcing the airlines to design and work on their reverse logistics as well as the development of practical containers with dry ice that protect the vaccine at the required temperature.
Without a doubt, this method will continue to be used and developed for the distribution of frozen and perishable goods
ROBOTS IN AIR TRANSPORT
A virus-killing UV-armed robot is being tested on Swiss aircraft, yet another idea aimed at restoring passenger confidence and saving the travel industry more pain from a pandemic.
UVeya, a Swiss start-up, is conducting trials of the robots with Dubai-based airport services company Dnata inside Helvetic Airw’s Embraer jets.
If the tests are favorable, this will regulate the departures of the commercial routes, which will help the sector to rise from the lag due to the pandemic as well as favor commercial cargo flights and with it global logistics.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES IN THE NEW POST COVID LOGISTICS
Digitization as the main tool, highlights seven main technologies that, with a reasonable investment, can have an immediate impact on daily operations, with a faster return on investment
In the first places are Big Data, RPA technology (Robot Process Automation, that is, automation of administrative processes) and IoT solutions and advanced traceability. These are followed by iBPMS (Intelligent Business Process Management Systems) as low-code solutions focused on a more intelligent and optimized management of business processes through automation. Augmented reality and image analytics, with multiple practical applications in the logistics sector, artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots that can help improve the sizing and distribution of warehouses and stock. And lastly, Gamification, simulation and virtual reality with application to training plans that motivate employees and increase safety in operations.
ECOMMERCE AS THE MAIN PURCHASE MEANS
The growth of eCommerce registered in Latin America after the pandemic was estimated to reach within five to ten years.
Electronic commerce in the world, and especially in Latin America, had a notable growth in the last twelve months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which makes this activity an opportunity for the economic reactivation of countries. For this reason, most of the companies migrated their sales to this medium since without it they would have practically disappeared.
Today it will be the medium that will grow the most and that undoubtedly came to change the way of consumption of countries in Latin America that were not so used to this medium sales channel.
Apparently the end of this health crisis is near, but it is of utmost importance that the private sector, governments and even society prepare to face a more digital future through alliances and the implementation of new technologies that allow us to face to the new challenges and crises that may arise.
The Covid-19 has accelerated the digital transformation and get on the trend of technology that will allow the survival of business and sustained growth of the economy worldwide.