Anyone in the logistics industry knows that the 2020 pandemic caused significant disruptions to the supply chain in the U.S. and worldwide. These supply chain problems have not simply gone away with time. Some aspects have gotten easier, but others remain the same. It’s worthwhile, therefore, to take a look at the trends in our supply chain at this point in 2023. This evaluation may help us predict what to expect going forward. Let’s explore some supply chain trends, both national and international.
Difficulty with International Cooperation
The tension between nations is high right now. As a result, many governments are turning inward, attempting to become more independent. After all, if tensions continue to escalate, major trade routes may be shut down. Consider your supply network and the trade routes that you rely on. As hard as it can be to navigate politics in a professional environment, it is something to consider as it can seriously affect your business. Consider what to do if supplies that your business relies on are inaccessible in the future.
A Rise in Cybercriminals
You may not immediately consider cybercriminals a threat to the supply chain, but they can play a significant role. Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated, and the supply chain may be more vulnerable than you think. Criminals can hack into manufacturing systems and slow down processes along the supply chain, affecting your fleet business.
Challenges Accessing Materials
In the past few years, we’ve all seen difficulties accessing materials. As fleet managers, you may have had difficulty accessing the necessary parts for vehicle repairs. If you’re a delivery fleet, your clients may have been unable to obtain their products, slowing down your business. Unfortunately, this problem looks like it will continue throughout 2023. We’ve already seen a problem for fleets with limited access to fuel. Other items like timber, steel, resin, and plastic may also be hard to come by.
Investment in Technology Increasing
Due to the many challenges mentioned above, more technology is being implemented in the supply chain process. For example, the cloud plays a prominent role in operations. A lot of data is stored in the cloud, and lessens the margin of error for manufacturing. In the past, technology improvements were often focused on the back office. However, the focus has now moved to the front end. This means that operational tasks are getting greater priority.
How Fleets Can Respond
We’ve mentioned many challenges in this article that may make operations harder for fleets. Just like manufacturers are investing in new technologies, fleets can too. Azuga’s state-of-the-art fleet technology helps you stay one step ahead of the game. Try a demo of our software to see what we can accomplish together.
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