Few topics stimulate more interest and conversation than automation in the supply chain. Automation provides shippers with a way to reduce the inefficiencies and risks around managing freight. Automation may be applied in a virtual setting, such as automated carrier scheduling and routing, or it can also be used through robotics to reduce freight costs through fewer workers, explains Supply Chain 24/7
. While much hype remains around the topic of automation, shippers are also dealing with real challenges. Rising demand and limited capacity threaten successful freight delivery. While automation may reduce freight costs, shippers must understand why automation is the solution to inbound
and outbound cost control, and a few best practices to guarantee real results.