3 Ways the Logistics Industry is Adapting to COVID-19
Nearly ever industry has been turned on its head in the last four months or so. The real question is how businesses are overcoming the challenges presented by an entirely unexpected event. As a logistics company, we’ve seen how a lot of industries are adapting because we have a hand in many of them. Our industry is no exception. Many shipping ports are closed or extremely limited, the way people are shopping and receiving goods is different, and employees have had to suddenly change the way they handle everyday work. But, as they say, the show must go on, so the logistics industry has found ways of adapting to COVID-19 changes.
Utilizing and Embracing Technology
Warehousing services allow businesses to store stock and supplies. While most warehouses already have some technology in place, more are working towards implementing artificial intelligence and robotics solutions to speed up processing times.
This technology has another benefit, though. Minimizing the number of people working in the warehouses keeps them safe and prevents the spread of coronavirus in close quarters. It is also helping to expedite delivery of critical shipments, including medical supplies, toilet paper and paper towels, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Implementing Creative Solutions
Creativity has been the cornerstone of adapting to the changes caused by coronavirus. The logistics needs of most businesses have changed, as have the ways that they’re shipping their products. With international shipping being put on hold in many cases and airlines cutting back on commercial flights, even the airline industry has had to adapt.
Many airlines have switched a number of their commercial flights over to cargo flights in order to save money and help the logistics industry handle quick domestic shipping needs. Ground shipping companies have also adapted what they’re moving and how they’re moving it. You can learn more about that here.
Preparing for Shifts in Supply Chains
More businesses are switching to sourcing their supplies locally and to avoid shortages and extreme delays that can result from difficulty shipping internationally right now. Logistics companies are working tirelessly to adapt routes and work with these businesses to find solutions to supply chain issues.
Additionally, some organizations have altered their offerings to include PPE and medical gear in short supply. Companies like General Motors, Tesla, and Ford have even stepped in to begin manufacturing ventilators for COVID-19 patients who need the extra help breathing.
Logistics companies have been supporting these initiatives by pivoting to handle any and all needs with haste.
Future Proofing in the Logistics Industry
Though the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for companies across the globe and affected billions of people in one way or another, it has also given us a unique opportunity. Logistics companies now are able to better prepare for shifts in the industry and begin creating multiple contingency plans.
At AFP Global Logistics, we have been humbled by how well our employees and contractors have stepped up and banded together during this time to adapt to stress and changes in the ways that we work. If your business needs a logistics partner that will work with you to create the tools you need during this time, contact us today at 1 (800) 274-1237.