The logistics of the future

Logistics and the operation of supply chains have become a key element during the COVID-19 health crisis. The distribution networks have, for months, been under considerable pressure and have demonstrated their ability to adapt but also a high degree of flexibility.

When we have not yet reached absolute normality, many experts are already asking themselves, will there be new logistics after the coronavirus? What will change?

Stock Logistic, as a global logistics operator, already analyses these key factors that will mark the dynamics of international supply chains, the before and after of an industry that is always strategic and with a global reach.

Increasing e-commerce

The growth experienced by e-commerce sales in recent months has registered an increase of 50% according to some reports. In addition, significant progress has been made in categories, which up to now have not been negligible in this channel, such as food. According to some experts, the rise of e-commerce is here to stay and this will have an impact on logistics by land, sea and air.

Environment

The debate on the fight against climate change is another aspect that has accelerated the Covid-19 crisis. Decarbonisation, the use of alternative energies, the increased role of the railways… are some of the factors that are going to influence public and private schedules, both national and supranational. Some experts point to a “Green Deal” that would promote, among other things, efficient multimodal terminals, which would allow easy connection between other transport systems.

Increased teleworking

During the health crisis, it became clear that the work systems that worked best were those with a reliable team as opposed to those that were only more technical. At the same time, digitalisation has boosted teleworking. According to the statistics of the Bank of Spain before the crisis the rate of teleworking in our country was 7.6% and now it is 80%. We are facing a change of paradigm so that companies, associations or administrations are beginning to take it into account.

Business dumping

It is based on the sale of a product or service to another country at a price below the market price. The purpose is to introduce the goods into that market but, in doing so, serious harm is caused to local companies that market the same good or service. Dumping is not illegal, it is not prohibited, but the legislation of some countries provides for the collection of anti-dumping duties to compensate such companies. Some indicate that this phenomenon is a consequence of economic globalization.

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