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Streamlining supply-chain operations: IoT in logistics

April 06, 2020

Streamlining supply-chain operations: IoT in logistics
Today’s logistics companies are looking for more than fast shipping. Increasing demands on their operations stress the need for  granular inventory management, real-time visibility into the supply chain, safe product storage and more.
 
That’s why they’re increasingly relying on IoT technology to keep track of goods, people and vehicles throughout the supply chain. The real-time data delivered by IoT sensor-driven devices help them streamline and improve the accuracy of a variety of functions—from location management to inventory tracking to predictive analysis.
 
Despite the many benefits of IoT in logistics, however, there are challenges that need to be addressed. For example, introducing a legion of connected IoT devices into an already complex logistic environment presents a host of new security concerns. Because of the critical nature of the goods they ship and their access to multiple partners’ systems, supply-chain partners are frequent targets of cybercrime, and logistics companies need to take additional precautions to strengthen their network at all endpoints. IoT-enabled devices across logistics networks must be continuously managed, patched and updated, as well as routinely tested for vulnerabilities as new threats emerge. Finally, security policies must incorporate all devices and sensors to ensure universal compliance with both statutory regulations and internal risk-management decisions.
 
Your logistics customers will be looking to you for advice
They’ll want to know the right IoT technology to implement as well as the security and other infrastructure challenges they’ll need to address.
 
To help you get up to speed, Ingram Micro has prepared a primer, Guaranteed delivery: IoT in logistics that offers an excellent overview. 
 
For more information about Ingram Micro IoT and the logistics solutions we offer, visit the Ingram Micro IoT Marketplace or reach out to the IoT experts at us.iot@ingrammicro.com or call (800) 456-8000, ext. 76251.