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Internet Of Things - Supply Chain Logistics

The Internet of Things - also known as IoT has for the last 5 years been a hot topic in the global supply chain service provider's vocabulary. If one broadly defines the Internet of Things (IoT) as a mechanism to embed technology into a physical thing to enable hitherto unobtainable levels of connectivity, it is not hard to imagine how IoT is revolutionizing supply chain logistics and resulting in large efficiency gains for our clients.


The days of simply moving products from one destination to another within a straightforward time frame, have now in some highly competitive industries, been superseded by requirements for Just In Time delivery with visiblity to the supply chain methodology - in effect the 7 Rs.

The 7 Rs of logistics. ... The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK (2019) defines them as: Getting the Right product, in the Right quantity, in the Right condition, at the Right place, at the Right time, to the Right customer, at the Right price.

Here at Blackthorne we have invested in state of the art supply chain monitoring, inventory management and automtated processes which are intrinsically part of connected logistics systems.

IoT practical applications in the supply chain industry include product location management, product inventory tracking and warehousing, capability to generate predictive models on supply and demand planning and with blockchain enhance security and add value to traceability. Future autonomous vehicle and drone delivery are already under review and present further IoT challenges and opportunity in equal measure.

We are working with a number of clients on some RFID tracking activities as well as enhancing the functionality of Blackthorne proprietary APPs - talk to Blackthorne if you wish to see how IoT enhanced logistics can assist with our global supply chain challenges.