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Supply Chain Trends to Look For in 2021
Supply Chain Trends to Look For in 2021

Supply Chain Trends to Look For in 2021

Now that the dumpster fire we called 2020 is over, we can finally look forward to the future. Instead of looking back at the “tough” one we just dealt with, let’s take a look at the upcoming logistics trends in 2021.

Supply chain processes are constantly changing, making it important that businesses everywhere keep up with the trends. From upcoming technological advancements to the continuation of automation, it’s time to take 2021 head-on.


Automation within the logistics industry has been a trend for the last several years but expect to see a lot more of it being used next year.

An increasing number of companies use automation and artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline their supply chains. In a Gartner study, 37 percent of organizations had implemented AI by the end of 2019, and in 2020 we see improvements in their supply chain and productivity.

Artificial intelligence will help make supply chains more efficient and reliable with inventory management and supplier selection.

As an additive, the automation of trucks could greatly affect the logistics industry in the future. While it may not come in 2021, self-driving semi-trucks are an industry-changer.

Whether you think driverless shipping is safe or not, self-driving vehicles are here and getting better every day.


While we saw it last year, in 2021, people are going to get greedier. Delivery speed is everything in modern-day supply chains, and if you aren’t attempting to keep up, you’re going to be left in the dust.

According to an article written by Forbes, says that “waiting a week or more for anything is intolerable.”

Most large businesses effortlessly keep up with this thanks to overnight shipping. However, many medium and small businesses are struggling to keep up with consumer demands.

Utilizing a sourcing and procurement service like Pendleton Management can buy you that speed. At a flat rate, we will manufacture, package, and ship your products far faster than your company ever can.

Green Logistics

As with every industry, the tides are turning green in logistics.

Green logistics refers to any sort of attempt to minimize the ecological effects of all supply chain activities.

Besides being highly beneficial to the environment, the logistics industry’s green movement is cost-effective and increases customer loyalty.

People want the world to heal; if your company promotes its green culture, you’ll see an impressive advocation for your business and its benefit to our environment.

We’ve seen unnecessarily bulky packaging and several boxes used when one would do the job in the recent past. In 2021, packages are shrinking, and the reduction of carbon footprints is at the forefront of people’s minds.

Get Busy

There are countless trends that will become more apparent as 2021 begins, but these are the most savvy for your business.

Staying in the know and acting on these trends will deliver consumer happiness and an increase in revenue. Always be prepared for the future.