Countries around the world have briefly closed the factories so that their workers can remain home and restrict the spread of the virus. The resulting shortage has occurred in various markets, particularly in medical supplies, which has seen urgent buying demand. In other industries, inventory production has decreased.
As lockdown in many countries will not be lifted up, shipping and delivery could become a big issue. Delay in the supply of raw materials up to two to three weeks could be expected by the manufacturers. Because the global supply chain is almost shut, there will be chaos in getting delivery of essentials
About 75% of respondents found that their supply chain transportation issues are real, by a mid-March survey of 600 supply chain executives. Buyers waiting for the delivery of such products are called upon to serve their clients.
Most international flights are at halt and jets are parked due to travel ban imposed by countries to avoid the spread of virus. Moreover people are also voluntarily avoiding travel to reduce their chances of exposure to the pandemic. As a result of that most of the airplanes are turned into cargo planes. To deliver the medical essentials to combat the virus companies are using air cargos to maintain their supply chains.
Once medical and food supplies reach the destination via Cargo or by air, the next step is to deliver these items to their domestic destination. Truckers are the major source to transporting groceries and medical supplies to market. However when the safety of truckers is also important it will become important to ensure they should spare from infection. The driver shortage in the trucking industry and reduced fleet deployments have led to supply chain bottlenecks. Moreover, Workforce shortage and closed borders impact the road freight and distribution service
Transportation by Sea
The pandemic has almost cut off the supply chain which caused shipments to oil tankers to containers to collapse in the marine industry. Blank sailing by major carriers is announced. The movement of passengers and tourists on the north and south borders of the US has been restricted, Movement of cargo continues with a minimal impact.
New technologies are being developed to solve the management, dispatching and routing problems and to meet the challenges, by bridging the gap through the insightful flow of information in real-time. Solutions are important to link communications between driver-vehicle communications and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity
With the use of technology various Key problems of logistics getting solved are:-
- Automated Quotation for delivery of goods.
- Task automation and route planning.
- Fleet management – Alignment of vehicles and duties to drivers – Dispatching.
- Workforce management – Driver onboarding, Work hours, payrolls.
- Management of both drivers and vehicles through Real-time insights
- connects vehicles – real time location tracking
- Driver work hours and log details – ELD
- Compliance management – US regulations
- Vehicle management – Inspection, Fuel consumption
- Incident reporting
- Connected mobile apps for real time notifications and tracking
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