The Key to Logistics: A Connection
Logistics infrastructure is a great resource which facilitates the exchange of goods and merchandise, inside and outside a territory, and directly contributes to the economic development of a country.
Let’s imagine an infrastructure in which goods and merchandise travel, sustained by not only thousands of seaports and airports, but also by hundreds of thousands of kilometers of roads and railways in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. One of the global leaders in logistics counts on that infrastructure: UPS, who has developed its own infrastructure to efficiently work through that system.
To put this into perspective, if we were to place the 123,000 delivery vehicles that UPS has around the world in an imaginary row that surrounds the equator, they would almost complete half of its circumference. To this, let’s add more than 255 airplanes (one of the largest air cargo fleets in the world), operating more than 2,320 flight segments per day and more than 481,000 employees worldwide who manage to move 20.7 million packages and documents daily, that is, 5,200 million annually!
The nature of logistics provides a vision from practically all industries, which are being transformed by technology to create completely new ways to meet existing and future demands. A powerful logistics company can only exist in a technology-governed environment capable of providing support to the most complex supply chains. An intelligent logistics network makes it possible to connect businesses, providing an efficient system for distribution, classification, transportation and the delivery of goods. It can also provide enhanced systems for navigation, and through sophisticated algorithms, allow the synchronization between package, delivery-time commitment and shipment destination, all in real time – the result: optimization of networks and routes. This is how UPS can provide a quality service with the same amount of resources (in fact, it saves 5.3 million gallons of fuel annually), which is better for its customers and for the environment.
What purpose does all this operational strength have? It is summed up in one word: connection. It is not only about connecting points A and B, but connecting people who build networks and relationships. Companies call it “supply chain,” countries call it “trading channels,” and economic regions call it “the exchange of goods.” No matter what it is called, it all alludes to the same thing: people connecting, in order to achieve a common goal.
It doesn’t really matter if it has to do with the automobile industry, aerospace, retail, cell phones, electronics, business documents, personal, or unique shipments such as piñatas. Someone somewhere is expecting a shipment, a connection.
Only a company like UPS with a perfectly structured system is able to adapt to its customers’ needs and achieve a successful connection practically around the world, thanks to an international network of more than 80,000 access points ready to ship and receive goods.
If the core of the logistics infrastructure is to generate connections, today’s processes — which are sometimes highly complex — have been redefined to focus on technology in almost all aspects of the business. From mobile solutions, automated learning, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, to owned and operated facilities, they are all already part of the infrastructure of a forward-thinking company such as UPS.
To learn more about this company visit: ups.com or their corporate blog: ups.com/longitudes.