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The Internet of Things: Connecting Supply Chains to Sustainability

shutterstock_282751688Discussions about the Internet of Things (IoT)—the networked connection of physical objects that can share information— usually focus on the operational changes the IoT will bring to the supply chain. One aspect often overlooked is the IoT’s potential for creating a greener supply chain.

James Macaulay, Cisco Consulting Services, co-authored The Internet of Things in Logistics, a Cisco/DHL report. He sees the IoT impacting sustainability in two primary ways.

“One is very directly in terms of optimizing energy usage along the supply chain. That could be an intelligent warehouse that only uses lighting where it’s needed, or it could be vehicles that use intelligence embedded systems to idle more efficiently. There are a lot of smart vehicle and smart building technologies that will have a very direct impact in terms of sustainability,” he said.

“But I think that the more indirect effects will be seen in terms of efficiencies. There will be much more intelligent routing of goods within the supply chain, for example,

By Mary Lou Jay

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This issue of MHI Solutions tackles the important topic of digital technologies in the supply chain industry, especially as it relates the transportation and logistics. Transportation plays a central role in supply chains, whether they are local or global enterprises. And just like the overall supply chain, transportation is facing a digital revolution including new solutions for tracking road, rail, sea and air freight and parcel transportation. These digital technologies are disrupting the industry, but they are also providing im-portant new solutions for transportation inefficiencies and urban logistics challenges. They are also creating new digital business models that enhance transparency and sustainability and contribute to end-to-end supply chain visibility. Like the innovations impacting supply chains, these trends are being driven by the growth of e-commerce and the consumers’ never-ending need for better, faster and cheaper. Ignoring them is done at your own peril.

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