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The world’s economy was built on logistics. When you think about it, even the earliest forms of commerce relied on trading and transporting goods to wherever the demand was. As industry and technology progressed and supply chains became more complex, we learned a great deal about how to do logistics right. It’s hard to believe that our ancestors prevailed without the benefit of instant communication and modern banking, but they managed.
As transportation became faster and more predictable, new industries were born, nations emerged and grew strong, and we continued to build on lessons learned about partnerships, innovation, and the value chain.
Where once our goods were transferred from point A to point B by a single carrier, it is now quite common for a shipment to leverage multiple carriers and modes of transport on the way to its destination, giving rise to increasingly complex and varied missions. It’s difficult to imagine where the world would be right now if we didn’t have a reliable global logistics network.
Driven By Demand
Logistics is an industry driven by demand. What we’ve seen and experienced over the past year has made history in every sense of the word. In one sense, it’s tested our limits. In another, it’s brought out the best in what we do, strengthened our industry, and helped others to weather the storm.
One would hope that the worst is behind us, but we know there is no time to rest. As an industry, we’ve risen to the challenges presented to us and discovered better ways of working and serving our customers. We’ve also scouted the road ahead, mobilized our resources, and considered the question, “where do we go from here?”
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What’s Next For Logistics?
Arguably, the most significant transformation in logistics has been on the digital side of things. Technology now plays an essential role in helping us connect all disparate links in the supply chain and has accelerated transformation to accommodate new systems, standards, and customer expectations.
Beyond digital transformation, the health crisis and the environment remained top-of-mind and will likely continue to do so.
Organizations that chose to ignore or minimalize the impact of the pandemic, global trade wars, and tariffs had on the supply chain became vulnerable. As demand continued to rise, fueled by ecommerce dominance, major players fell by the wayside while new dynasties emerged.
We learned that digital development does not reduce our carbon footprint—it actually increases it, putting the onus on logistics to provide strategy from both a business and an environmental standpoint.
Companies learned that a strong logistics partner is critical to growth and can actually be a strategic factor in all aspects of business, from manufacturing to marketing and, ultimately, fulfillment.
How DTS Helps
DTS World Cargo is a future-focused logistics provider that understands the needs and challenges our customers face now and what will be important to them going forward. Our team works hard to ensure your business needs are met, delivering personalized service and performance you can grow on. Reach out today for a quote; we’d love to learn more about your company and show you how we can help.