Making Deliveries More Efficient in 2018
The future of deliveries is changing as new technology is developed. In many sectors the future is already here, and new innovations are being used that are already making deliveries more efficient and environmentally friendly. In this post we look at 5 innovations happening in 2018.

Drone Deliveries

Some companies like Amazon and Google are now looking at drones in order to make deliveries faster and more environmentally friendly. And while there are no dates yet as to when Amazon’s drones will be used, Dubai already has a target for delivery.

In an article by The Drive, it was mentioned that Eniverse Technologies, a driverless vehicle company, will begin aerial delivery as early as March 2018. This will not only be beneficial for the country, but more environmentally friendly than the gas emitted by trucks.

Compared to delivery trucks, drones are better in the sense that the latter will be using electric power — which can be charged using solar energy — instead of diesel or gas. It will also reach its destination faster as it will be able to avoid traffic on the road.

Electronic Logging Device (ELD)

On December 10, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, which affects drivers and fleet operators in the U.S., will be set in place this December. The mandate requires all commercial vehicles to replaced paper log books with an ELD. Apart from making fleet operations more streamlined, the ELDs will be able to monitor delivery trucks more efficiently without using paper.

Fleetmatics cites some of the perks of using an ELD compared to relying on hard copies:

– Get real-time hours of service of the driver
– Use software updates to transition well to new regulations
– Send proactive alerts to the driver to warn about potential violations on the road
– Keep managers and dispatchers in the loop with regards to the deliveries at hand

From 2018 onwards, ELDs across America will eliminate the use of paper when keeping inventory and operational records, all while reforming its operations better.

Self-driving Trucks

truck-1030846_960_720Self-driving trucks are set to be tested in the UK during 2018, in a development that could completely overhaul the future of commercial driving. The test will use a platoon of three trucks. The lead truck will be driven by a human driver, with the two trailing trucks connected by wireless technology.

“We are investing in technology that will improve people’s lives,” said Paul Maynard, the UK’s Transport Minister. “Advances such as lorry platooning could benefit businesses through cheaper fuel bills and other road users thanks to lower emissions and less congestion.”


Robotics continue to play an increasingly key role in the future of logistics. Last year, the logistics robotic market had a revenue of $1.9 billion, and the industry’s participation in logistics will only get bigger.

In an article by Nikkei Asian Review, it was reported that Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries will be expanding its production on industrial robots in China. The company envisions a boost in sales by 70% to roughly 8,000 units by March 2018.

Robotics are becoming more essential in the loading and unloading of heavy containers. One area of technology that is being developed is robotics with 3D vision technology. This will allow operators to view different products in a container, without having to physically look inside, to establish the best loading or unloading sequence.

Smart Commerce with Blockchain

Peer-to-peer Blockchain technology isn’t only used in trading Bitcoin; it also has the potential to be used for logistics. Blockchain can effectively be used as an operating system for supply chain networks that combine B2B connectivity with the IoT. Knowstartup says that trade processing, settlement, and cross-border payments are in full swing, and ready to provide solutions with several remittance companies by 2018.

Warehouse managers who are responsible for overseeing the flow of items can use blockchain to dispute deliveries. Blockchain technology can avoid errors in delivery because records can’t be tampered with. In addition, it allows people to negotiate a smart contract with suppliers that can clearly define the conditions of delivery. Blockchain can completely erase errors in logistics through its incorruptible technology.

Written by Alyson Asia
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~Alyson Asia is a freelance tech writer living in Bangkok. Before she decided to become an expat and explore the wonders of her new city, she was a local high school teacher. In her free time, she likes to walk around the neighborhood while munching on street food.

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