In our annual logistics IT market research report, Inbound Logistics looks at the imperatives that drive shippers to embrace new technology solutions. BY MERRILL DOUGLAS
I n many ways, the spring of 2023 presents an easier supply chain landscape than we saw one year ago. Transportation rates have dropped, the capacity crunch has eased, and container ships no longer sit in dense crowds outside ocean ports. But we’re still not in the clear. An inationary economy and tight labor market still make it hard to manage costs. The driver shortage persists. Geopolitical conicts and natural disasters aggravate supply chain risk. That’s why companies continue to embrace information technology solutions for the supply chain. These tools help shippers deliver better service to their customers while enhancing the bottom line. They automate routine tasks to
increase productivity, analyze vast volumes of data to support better decisions, help match inventory to customer demand, assist in designing more productive logistics networks, and a great deal more. Each year, Inbound Logistics surveys a variety of logistics technology providers on the state of the market. Our goal is to help logistics professionals understand the possibilities as they investigate new technology. When you’re done reading the report on the 2023 survey, take a look at this year’s Inbound Logistics Top 100 Logistics IT Providers ( see page 62 ). As you explore future technology investments, this guide will help you zero in on the solutions that best meet your needs.
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