AI set to change logistics industry – IBM and DHL

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to transform the logistics industry according to a report by DHL and IBM.

The DHL and IBM report identifies potential implications and uses of AI in the logistics industry.

Should the report’s predictions come true the logistics industry is set to become proactive and predictive rather than reactive. The report gave some examples how this will be the case: AI technologies can use advanced image recognition to track condition of shipments and assets, bring end-to-end autonomy to transportation, or predict fluctuations in global shipment volumes before they occur.

“Today’s current technology, business, and societal conditions favour a paradigm shift to proactive and predictive logistics operations more than any previous time in history” said Matthias Heutger, senior vice president and global head of innovation DHL. “As the technological progress in the field of AI is proceeding at great pace, we see it as our duty to explore, together with our customers and employees, how AI will shape the logistics industry’s future.”

Keith Dierkx, IBM global industry leader for freight, logistics, and rail, said: “Technology is changing the logistics industry’s traditional value chains, and ecosystems are reshaping enterprises, industries and economies.

“By leveraging AI into core processes, companies can invest more in strategic growth imperatives to modernise or eliminate legacy application systems.

“This can make existing assets and infrastructure more efficient, while providing the workforce with time to enhance their skills and capabilities.”

According to the report, AI is set to be as omnipresent in the manufacturing world as we see today in the consumer world.