Companies rely on logistics technology to help navigate a landscape reshaped by a pandemic and evolving customer demand. Our annual logistics IT market research report explores the challenges these companies face and the latest trends in IT solutions designed to meet that need. B Y M E R R I L L D O U G L A S 2022 LOGISTICS IT PERSPECTIVES
M ore than two years after the start of the pandemic, many companies still struggle with dramatic supply chain challenges. High transportation rates, tight capacity, scarce labor, and ongoing shortages of certain commodities continue to squeeze supply chains. Consumer demand remains strong, especially in the booming e-commerce sector. But companies can seize this opportunity only if they can move products quickly and cost-effectively. The Russia- Ukraine crisis further complicates the picture, pushing up fuel costs and driving fears of economic recession. Tough times call for smart solutions. That’s why this is a healthy era for vendors of supply chain- oriented information technology. Shippers deploy
logistics IT to better match inventory to customer demand, operate more efficiently, accomplish more with tighter resources, and gain crucial business intelligence. To help manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and others understand how IT solutions can improve their operations, each year Inbound Logistics distributes a survey to a variety of logistics IT providers. Gathering data on the latest trends, we offer insights that logistics professionals use as they invest in new technology. Once you’ve read this report on our latest survey, have a look at the annual Inbound Logistics Top 100 Logistics IT Providers ( see page 74 ). When you’re ready to add to your technology toolkit, this detailed guide will help steer you toward solutions that fit your requirements.
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