Looking Back on Logistic Forecasts for 2013

In January, Blue Horseshoe released its Top Logistics Trends for 2013. After passing the midway point of 2013, a few of these trends have made significant impacts on the transportation and logistics industry, primarily focusing on ERP enhancements, advanced analytics, and supply chain management.

Going into 2013, Blue Horseshoe expected companies “…will look to replace or enhance their current systems with more effective modules or solutions.” The industry was ready for the next cycle of ERP solutions and Microsoft was able to deliver with their 2013 systems, specifically Dynamics NAV 2013.

One of the most utilized new features in NAV 2013 is its advanced charts. This provides valuable analytics that logistics companies are using “…to get insights about their operations, customers, and employees.” With transportation costs consistently rising, companies have to ensure data is providing the best information for transit decision making.

With advanced analytics in play, the supply chain can be optimized for transparency and efficiency. Technology has improved the visibility of the supply chain process “… in order to meet increasing customer demand. With many retailers providing their customers with live inventory, consumers in all areas of business are demanding live visibility to all areas in the corporation.”

All of these trends in logistics and transportation are centered on digital growth. Information is becoming more accessible and providing greater value in logistics and those not utilizing this data will fall behind the pack. Contact SBS Group for all of your ERP software needs, including Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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