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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018

David Cearley, vice president, and Gartner Fellow details the Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends 2018 including artificial intelligence, immersive experiences, digital twins, event-thinking and continuous adaptive security.

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Distributed order management, autonomous robots, blockchain and warehousing software are all working together to help retailers more effectively manage their end-to-end supply chains.

As we have since 2005, we charge into the New Year with our annual “Rate Outlook” cover story and corresponding Webcast where we round up the top analysts in each mode—trucking, air, ocean, rail/intermodal, parcel—to offer the most comprehensive snapshot available of what shippers can expect in terms of freight rates and capacity.

As capacity tightens and freight rates rise, both new and established vendors are coming up with solutions that fit the smaller shipper’s budget while also offering all of the bells and whistles that larger systems offer and logistics operations of all sizes are catching on.

David Cearley, vice president, and Gartner Fellow details the Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends 2018 including artificial intelligence, immersive experiences, digital twins, event-thinking and continuous adaptive security.

Measuring your threshold for risk has become more complicated than ever. However, industry analysts contend that we need to get better at it because concerns about cyber security, financial malfeasance, political exposure and climate change are here to stay.

Consolidation, competition and the Cloud are shaping the software landscape around the world as the market continues to heat up.

Labor management systems have started to expand beyond engineered standards by integrating machine learning and other capabilities that further enhance their position in the supply chain software stable.

While most executives maintained that technology was a chief priority, their investment in new systems did not mirror that contention.

Surveys undertaken by global research firms often reveal a “disconnect” between what respondents say they’ll do and how they actually behave. A recent example of this was revealed when Gartner researchers asked Asia/Pacific CEOs about their spend on technology.

Winners Revealed at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, AZ, Unilever Retains the Top Spot in Rankings as Amazon Joins the "Masters."

DHL Supply Chain, among the Americas’ leaders in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced recently that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in its May 2017 Magic Quadrant for Third-Party Logistics, North America report.

The trend set over the past few years for mergers and acquisitions has hardly subsided, and a fresh injection of equity investment is transforming the marketplace, at the same time, shippers may expect to see 3PLs continue to purchase high-tech “solutions” and hire young professionals for implementation.

While the technological tools needed to create the seamless digital logistics network already exist, this year’s panel says that these enablers need to be applied at a more rapid rate for today’s logistics operations to stay relevant.

We’ve stayed clear of themed issues over the years because each issue is designed to touch on all of the fundamental logistics management elements every month. But when I re-examined the editorial line up that surrounds our annual “Technology Roundtable” and Webcast this month, it seemed ideal to call this “The Technology Issue.”

WMS vendors are stepping up to the plate and developing functionalities and solutions that meet the complex needs of today’s companies. Our top analysts take a peek into these developments and discuss the DC of the future and the software that will support it.