IoT in Logistics Paves the Way

Supply chains are increasingly complex, and the need for effective logistics spans every industry. The Internet of Things (IoT) in logistics will bring end-to-end visibility, revolutionizing the way businesses transport goods, control inventory and mobile assets, replenish stock, manage the retail experience, and plan and carry out maintenance. 

Perspective
Logistics Affect Everyone

The U.S. supply chain encompasses 37 percent of all jobs and employs 44 million people. Supply chain and logistics challenges affect every kind of business. It impacts the pharmaceutical supplier whose drugs are sensitive to time and temperature. Retailers that fulfill customer desires need to blur the boundaries between online and brick-and-mortar experiences, and B2B businesses provide just-in-time components to manufacturers that have specific considerations. As a result, a minor improvement in the supply chain can have major cost or time-saving implications, improve the efficiency of a delivery and significantly enhance customer experience.

Supply Chain Visibility

Tracking assets, including inventory, is nothing new, but innovative, sensor-driven tools are now providing insight at every stage of shipment. Advanced sensors that track moisture, heat, or vibration during shipping are taking advantage of expanding connectivity, improved battery life, and cloud computing to provide businesses with real-time supply chain visibility. Arm processors play a pivotal role in these sensor technology developments, with estimates predicting that a trillion Arm cores will be shipped by 2035.

An Omnichannel Business

The lines between traditional stores and warehouses are blurring, creating a shift in the retail experience. Customers now expect to seamlessly swap between online and physical locations to order, pay for, and pick up or return items. Maintaining inventory levels across locations, managing delivery schedules, and tracking returns is increasingly complex.

 

New solutions using Bluetooth LE can provide businesses with the data that gives them real-time visibility into their inventory. That data allows retailers to operate a true omnichannel business, synchronizing prices across stores, registers, and digital channels, and allowing managers to adjust prices simultaneously in response to promotions or shifting demand.

 

Arm's IoT products streamline device development, simplify IoT implementation, and provide peace of mind. Our holistic solution encompasses the operating system, development tools, device, connectivity and data management services, as well as an extensive partner ecosystem to enable businesses to manage an omnichannel solution.

Last-Mile Fulfillment

The last mile is typically the most problematic. Delivering individual orders to physical locations creates challenges around timing and cost, as well as the simple issue of what to do if the person scheduled to accept the delivery isn’t there.

 

Technology is already playing a vital role in streamlining the process, allowing real-time tracking of orders, visibility at the recipient’s fingertips, and the ability to change routes for more cost-effective delivery.

 

Analyzing the data captured by last-mile systems, in turn, enables businesses to continuously refine and improve their last-mile experience. Arm supports the processing power and IoT platforms that allow businesses to make the most of their data.

End-to-End Security

Security is a key concern for any IoT solution, especially in logistics. The Pelion IoT Platform combined with Mbed OS delivers pervasive security and trusted data that logistics decisions can be made upon. For devices, Pelion Device Management implements security to manage connectivity, provisioning, and device update as well as data management. The Pelion IoT Platform includes management and security functionality to enable secure and complete lifecycle management for large deployments of end nodes.

Critically, the firmware update over the air (FOTA) and secure device access enables device owners to give stakeholders who may belong to trusted different organizations who help them with logistics , access to their IoT device and data securely. This protects investment in large deployments and enables shippers and retailers to make decisions based on trusted and secure data.

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Mobile Assets Visibility

Mobile assets include everything from the humble pallet to high-tech mobile clinical tools like infusion pumps. Lost or stolen equipment comes with a big price tag in the Logistics industry. For example, replacing lost pallets cost an estimated $100 million each year; stolen or lost mobile hospital equipment adds up to a total cost of $4,000 per bed per year. Real-time visibility for these assets is a pressing need. The Arm Mbed Mobile Asset Visibility solution is secure and scalable, and it can be used for a broad range of assets. 

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