Executive Briefings

Not Designed for E-Commerce, Logistics Networks Begin to Feel Strain

One of the major findings from the 27th Annual State of Logistics report is that "gaps" in infrastructure and "accelerating trends for speed" will increasingly put pressure on a logistics system not designed for e-commerce driven "last mile, last minute" delivery service.

"Consumer expectations are changing. They want their products delivered fast and they don't want to pay a lot of money for delivery," noted Marc Althen, president of Penske Logistics, in this year's report. "Shippers are struggling to meet the challenges these expectations create."

Authored by Sean Monahan, a logistics expert with consulting firm A.T Kearney, published by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and presented by Penske, this year's State of Logistics report also projects that the logistics industry will enter a "new era" over the next decade plagued by a variety of "disruptive forces," including the Internet of Things, robotics such as self-driving trucks, and 3D printing.

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"Consumer expectations are changing. They want their products delivered fast and they don't want to pay a lot of money for delivery," noted Marc Althen, president of Penske Logistics, in this year's report. "Shippers are struggling to meet the challenges these expectations create."

Authored by Sean Monahan, a logistics expert with consulting firm A.T Kearney, published by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and presented by Penske, this year's State of Logistics report also projects that the logistics industry will enter a "new era" over the next decade plagued by a variety of "disruptive forces," including the Internet of Things, robotics such as self-driving trucks, and 3D printing.

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