Supply Chain Crystal Ball Gazing: Let’s Look Ahead to 2028

Logistics Bureau

So I’ve decided to indulge my craving by daring to speculate about what the supply chain of 2028 might look like. Instead I’m just drawing on my consulting experience, a little research, and perhaps a tiny bit of imagination to surmise what we might see if we could gaze into a fully functioning crystal ball and view the supply chain environment of 2028. The supply chain talent gap will not be a concern in the supply chain of 2028.

In Logistics, the Last Few Feet are as Important as the Last Mile

Enterra Insights

The staff at Supply Chain 24/7 notes, “In response to today’s online-buying, smartphone-wielding consumer that expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, [a study published by Zebra Technologies] revealed that 78 percent of logistics companies expect to provide same-day delivery by 2023 and 40 percent anticipate delivery within a two-hour window by 2028.”[2]. There are 5,280 feet in a mile.

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Why Energy Supply Chains are Transitioning to Renewables

Requis

Royal Dutch Shell has been developing a hydrogen fuel cell program that offers alternatives for passenger vehicles and perhaps even rail, commercial transport trucks, shipping, and heavy industry. In this article: Market factors that are prompting investment in renewables by upstream energy.

The Supply Chain has Big Aspirations for Blockchain

Enterra Insights

By 2028, Gartner projects blockchain will become fully scalable technically and operationally.” Managing freight transportation. An aspiration is a hope or an ambition of achieving something. Another way of stating that is aspiration is desire mixed with reality. At the moment, blockchain technology seems to fit into the aspirational category.

Technological challenges and limited value holding back autonomous trucks but major change expected by end of decade

EFT

This is forecast, based on current trends, to rise to 160k drivers by 2028. Others are proposing to offer the fleets in a transport-as-service model, charging perhaps 40-50 cents per kilometre driven. Einride is also focused on low-speed transport between a warehouse and terminal. . Although the trucking industry has higher priorities right now, the future will eventually turn to autonomous solutions and companies need to keep one eye on the future says IDTechEx.

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