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Page 12 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2016 DHL says 2016 Logistics Trend Radar focuses on AI and personalisation as well as the crucial ‘last mile’ delivery ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) and personalisation are behind several transformational trends - including intelligent supply chains that use self-learning or ‘machine learning’ systems – that feature in a new report by logistics giant DHL. Overall, the ‘2016 Logistics Trend Radar’ reveals 26 key trends that could impact the logistics in- dustry in the next five to 10 years. The third report in the series intro- duces new trends, tracks the evo- lution of trends spotted in earlier editions and ones that have faded or become mainstream since the series started in 2013. “Predicting trends is notorious- ly challenging. It is difficult to know ahead of time which trends will have long-term effects on businesses and which are part of a short-lived hype. To identify and understand trends early on in their development we established the Logistics Trend Radar to help us and our customers stay ahead of the curve,” said Markus Kückelhaus, vice president Innovation and Trend Re- search, DHL. The report provides insights and information on ongoing transforma- tions and latest trends likely to shape the future of logistics – from macro trends such as the changing energy and trade landscape to micro trends such as logistics startups unbundling the logistics industry. It reveals in-depth what sectors will be affected by devel- opments and time frames for potential impact or introduction over the next decade. Artificial intelligence and personali- sation are behind several of the most transformational trends of the 2016 report – including intelligent supply chains that use self-learning or ‘ma- chine learning’ systems. The impact of data-driven and autonomous supply chains provides an opportunity for previously-unimaginable levels of op- timisation in manufacturing, logistics, warehousing and last mile delivery that could become a reality in less than half a decade despite high set-up costs de- terring early adoption among logistics firms. Changing consumer behaviour and the desire for personalisation are be- hind two other top trends: Batch Size One and On-demand Delivery: Set to have a big impact on logistics, on-de- mand delivery will enable consumers to have their purchases delivered where and when they need them by using flexible courier services. Batch Size One explores what could happen as consumer demand for highly-per- sonalised products goes head to head with mass production over the next 20 years. A batch size of one would lead to decentralised production and rapidly changing supply chains that will require logistics providers to be fast and flexible to react to changes in time and place of production. “Key trends featured in this year’s report could transform the global logistics industry and with 15 of the 26 trends likely to make an impact in less than five years, it is crucial that anyone involved in supply chain management and logistics understands these poten- tially game-changing developments and the implications for their own busi- ness or sector now,” said Heutger. Created by DHL Trend Research, the 2016 radar includes an in-depth analysis of emerging trends and sec- tor-by-sector impact. It also features a review of ongoing trends plus insights from industry leaders such as the World Bank, Fraunhofer Institute, HP and 500 Startups on the future of the logistics industry. Transformative pilot projects from DHL Trend Research are also highlight- ed in the report, including DHL’s testing of collaborative robots in warehouse operations. All trends are analysed in more detail including key opportunities, challeng- es, implementation insights and time frames in the report, which is available as a free download at www.dhl.com/ trendradar.