Mobile tech will be ‘critical’ to deliveries in 5-years

Two-thirds of the UK’s transportation and logistics leaders say that mobile-first tech will be crucial to deliveries in five-years’ time, according to new research.

A report from mobile and IoT management provider SOTI found that as the pace of technological change picks up, 50 per cent of global leaders think that mobile-first technology will increase the speed of the delivery process.

Meanwhile a quarter (24 per cent) said wearables will play a more important role during that time.

20 per cent expect the use of drones to become significant in deliveries.

The study, which surveyed 550 IT decision makers in transport and logistics across the UK, U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, Sweden and Australia, also found that in the past 12 months 75 per cent of global leaders say their organisation has invested considerably in new technology.

80 per cent agreed that their organisation plans to invest considerably in new technology such as mobile devices, wearables and IoT devices and solutions in the next 18 months.

Despite this, over half (57 per cent) agree that legacy systems have prevented their organisation from sufficiently upscaling their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Digital transformation is rapidly picking up speed and T&L leaders are all too aware of the need to stay ahead of the curve. In just five years, many expect mobile-first technology to be fundamental in driving a fast delivery process with emerging technologies such as wearables and drones also having an impact,” said Sarah Edge, Director of Sales, UK at SOTI.

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