Each year the way we do business continues to evolve as technology advances. These changes have international affects across the globe, while others influence us on a personal level. Overall, technology is altering how we work and understand our businesses. Smart Warehousing and Paul Wallbank with Ovations have predicted the following technology trends and focuses for 2020.
Machines are gradually taking over more tasks within all different industries, from long-haul trucking and customer service to healthcare and inventory management. For example, Smart Warehousing utilizes S.W.I.M.S., our web-based order and inventory management system created specifically for the warehousing and supply chain management industry, to provide our customers with real-time visibility of their inventory. All the while, these computers are talking to each other, which speeds up decision making processes and reduces the need for specific management within companies.
As mentioned, the increase of computers and quicker decision-making results in the need for less management. In order to remain competitive, companies must reduce management levels in order to process information quicker. If not, they will lose business to others who are more adept.
3.) 3D Printing
3D printers build three-dimensional, solid objects by adding material layer by layer through a computer-aided design model. This allows the user to print anything from an acoustic guitar to entire houses. 3D printing is occurring alongside advances in biological engineering. It is predicted that within the next decade we will have the capability to print skin, body parts and organs.
It is hard to imagine a time when we did not have access to smart phones, and the mobile apps that accompany them continue to change our lives. These mobile services will affect industries such as taxi and transportation, agriculture, retail and mining. In response, Smart Warehousing developed Bubbles, an app that provides insight to customer’s inventory on the go and allows them to manage their supply chain without even making a phone call.
As companies continue to have access to and collect copious amounts of data, the matter of who owns that information and what to do with it becomes a higher priority.
6.) DIY Economy
DIY Economy, according to Cameo Network, is the natural extension to the growing DIY and maker movement, but instead of remodeling your own home, it is about driving economic development at the local level. Online tools have made it easier to enter new industries, such as media, travel and retail.
Technology is also changing the role of gatekeepers within education. Online learning is changing the way that students learn, disrupting the traditional role of universities and schools. The content taught is changing to arm graduates with the skills to compete in the new economy.
Businesses who focus on changing technology, its affect on many diverse industries, and managing this information effectively will separate them from their competitors and ensure a higher likelihood of success as we enter 2020. From S.W.I.M.S. to Bubbles, at Smart Warehousing, technology has been a cornerstone of our company and our operations since our founding in 2001. We believe in enabling both our clients and personnel with technology to provide an industry leading experience you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t let your company fall into the Dark Ages – reach out to us at (913) 888-3222, firstname.lastname@example.org or request a quote here.