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2024 Supply Chain Trends

Posted on June 7, 2024

Written by Mickey Powers

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Supply chain management is crucial for ensuring the efficiency and resilience of today’s quickly evolving business landscape. There is consistent growth in digital transformation, paired with a focus on building more sustainable and resilient business practices. The future of supply chains will rely heavily on artificial intelligence and catering to environmental demands.

To maintain a consistent competitive advantage, your operations must stay abreast of new developments and trends in global markets while meeting consumer needs and advancing technologically.

Logistics Tech Outlook

Various advancements are reshaping traditional logistics practices. Here are the areas we see taking advantage of new technologies in 2024.

  • AI and machine learning: Supply chain AI and ML optimize demand forecasting, inventory management and route planning. They analyze information, generate insights to help your organization make data-driven decisions and identify patterns to highlight areas where you can improve customer satisfaction and reduce overheads.
  • Sustainability solutions: Logistics technology is focusing more on sustainability initiatives as environmental concerns gain prominence. These programs include optimizing transport to lower carbon emissions and developing environmentally friendly packaging solutions.
  • Automation and robotics: Automation tech streamlines material handling, order fulfillment processes and warehouse operations. Robotic arms, autonomous drones and automated guided vehicles handle labor-intensive tasks, improve efficiency and reduce costly errors that can impact inventory integrity.
  • Blockchain technology: Blockchain technology enhances supply chain security, transparency and traceability. It creates decentralized ledgers, stores transactional records and thoroughly assists with tracking assets in a peer-to-peer network.
  • Internet of Things: IoT and sensor technology enable real-time monitoring of shipments, inventory and temperature-sensitive goods throughout the supply chain. The data gained through these methods enhances decision-making, which reduces risks and improves your supply chain operations.
  • Cloud-based logistics platforms: Cloud logistics platforms enable data sharing, seamless collaboration and real-time visibility among supply chain partners. Stakeholders enjoy better inventory accuracy and communication to support agile decision-making, which is especially helpful in complex or global supply chain markets.
  • Predictive analytics: Predictive analytics tools help your team anticipate disruptions like demand fluctuations, supplier delays and logistical bottlenecks. Identifying such challenges allows you to mitigate these risks with proactive strategies that maintain operational continuity.

Current Trends in Supply Chain Management

In 2024, you can rest assured that risk resilience is here to stay. As supply chains are integral to a business’ success, use the following strategies to bypass common risks.

  • Organizations continue using diverse sourcing strategies, with suppliers in various global locations. Doing so eliminates dependencies on single sources, keeping supply consistent.
  • Sourcing closer to demand through on-shore, near-shore and off-shore solutions.
  • Optimizing inventory to bypass postponement strategies by better positioning intermediates, materials and finished products.
  • Improving collaboration to boost supplier, contract manufacturer and logistics service provider relationships.
  • Transparency aids risk resilience, and 45% of stakeholders report a lack of visibility beyond first-tier suppliers. Your organization must be transparent about its operations to meet sustainability initiatives and reassure clients and stakeholders about your commitments.

Sustainability and ESG

More than 75% of a company’s total greenhouse gas emissions fall under scope 3, which come from assets the organization does not directly control or own. The result is an enhanced focus on suppliers, manufacturers and service providers’ sustainability efforts.

This concentration has resulted in more consistent regulations around environmental, social and governance data, which means additional disclosure about your business’ carbon emissions and footprint. Failing to meet these ESG investment requirements may lead to customer or stakeholder dissatisfaction.

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Digitization and AI

Risk resilience also relies on digitalization, which helps you proactively manage disruptions faster and at lower costs. Digitizing processes with AI, robotics and IoT technologies empowers your organization to stay agile and maintain regulatory compliance.

2024’s focus is generative artificial intelligence. This tool uses machine learning models to identify patterns, streamlining processes and enhancing employee training programs. While only 22% of global executives are incorporating this into workflows, your organization will immediately benefit from transitioning to this technology for forecasting, data analysis and set point optimization.

AI-Enabled Low Touch Planning

Pressures on supply chain planning through scenario analysis are increasing to meet more nuanced, complex and multi-tiered demands. Integrated business planning and AI-enabled sales and operational planning minimize the gap between planning and execution by cutting out manual end-to-end work. AI can identify anomalies, find patterns that predict unexpected supply chain disruptions and suggest solutions.

Electric Vehicles and Transportation

Automation has gained momentum outside the warehouse, too. Autonomous and electric vehicles reduce emissions and lower overheads for logistics providers. Smart logistics is also gaining popularity, providing more transparency for air freight and last-mile delivery, improving route optimization and using machine learning to improve network efficiency while reducing risks to employees and cargo. Businesses must plan to transition from traditional delivery vehicles to electric fleets, creating an infrastructure that can accommodate this change.

Low-Code Platforms

Supply chains are dynamic and complex. Automating data, histories and resources into one platform increases transparency while lowering the probability of errors. Several application programming interfaces can fully automate your supply chain tasks, simplifying processes and offering user-friendly communications for all stakeholders.

This technology will define and document tasks, timelines and cross-functional processes, modernize your legacy systems and empower your stakeholders to make more proactive decisions.

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Transform Your Supply Chain With Broussard Logistics

Supply chain management’s dynamic landscape will continue evolving rapidly. Your organization must embrace automation, enhance sustainability efforts, leverage data analytics and foster collaboration to stay ahead of the curve. Supply chain trends in 2024 focus on sustainability, adopting AI to streamline processes, creating more transparency among stakeholders and maintaining supply chain resilience.

Broussard Logistics has been lowering supply chain costs since 1978. LTL and parcel contract optimization, expert freight invoice audits, and seamless logistics process automation will help your operations stay competitive. Our unique approach to using marketing trends, data and other resources to help your team meet their KPIs will increase your return on investment and solidify customer satisfaction. Contact us today to discuss your business needs or schedule a free demo of our services and capabilities.