5th Logistics Trends Radar: Supergrid Logistics concept, the trend with greatest impact

SENATOR project aims to be a demonstrator of the concept by developing a platform that will act as a control tower for logistic operations


The Logistics Trends Radar report, published by DHL, sets Supergrid Logistics concept as the trend with the greatest impact in this 5th report. This concept involves the establishment of a single global entity or platform that can smoothly and flexibly integrate all stakeholders across multiple supply chains. The report reveals the key trends that will affect the logistics industry in the coming years and, as Trend Radar predicts, Supergrid Logistics could be on the top.

This is good news for SENATOR project, as it will work on demonstrating this concept by developing and implementing a smart network operator, supported on an ICT Platform, that will work as a control tower for integrated logistics operations. The platform will act in a dynamic and integrated manner on 4 levels, taking into account the demand the fleet and its multimodal options, intelligent route planning and urban infrastructure analysis.

As it is explained in the report, the use of a single platform provides the flexibility to integrate all players in multiple supply chains to serve all types of customers, what maximises efficiency, reduces costs and reaches the user in the shortest possible time. Thus, the concept is beneficial to both those involved in the supply chain and the end customer.

Going beyond 4PL logistics and logistics marketplaces, the trend of Supergrid Logistics refers to the next dimension of consolidation, orchestration, and optimization of global supply chain networks, integrating swarms of different production enterprises and logistics providers. This opens up new business opportunities for various players, including established 4PLs, specialized companies, and even small local couriers and startups.

Traditional companies have improved their online presence and offerings in logistics marketplaces, and maturing start-ups are unbundling the value chain of logistics integrators. Therefore, customers today have an abundance of logistics products and services to choose from.

For a long-term success, it is essential to modernise all the points of contact in the supply chain, from the beginning to the end. Those who adopt and scale new technologies and improve the skills of their workforce faster will have a greater competitive advantage in the marketplace.

More about the Logistics Trend Radar

DHL regularly publishes its Logistics Trend Radar report as a key tool for the global logistics community. The analysis is the result of an extensive study of macro and micro trends, as well as the pooling of knowledge from a wide network of business partners which, among other profiles, includes research institutes, ICT companies, start-ups and customers of the logistics operator.

The Logistics Trend Radar report acts as a dynamic and strategic forecasting tool that follows the evolution of trends since, with each update, it detects the trends of previous editions, and identifies present and future ones. In fact, it has become a reference point across the industry for defining new strategies and innovation, as well as an extremely useful tool for setting out future logistics trends.


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