Elastic logistics - Resilient supply chain management

Updated: Nov 8

The future of Supply Chain Management

In a time where the logistics industry is especially challenged with changes in supply and demand, we need a more robust way of managing our traditional linear and rigid supply chains in order to be more responsive, efficient and remain competitive. Elastic logistics aims to address this challenge and refers to the agility and flexibility to upscale and downscale, in near real-time, in order to adapt to fluctuating market demands.

What is elastic logistics?

Elastic logistics focuses on optimally managing variables such as transport fill rates, container availability, warehouse optimisation and fluctuating demand to ensure an efficient supply chain with minimal waste. It ensures the efficient use of warehouse space by avoiding unnecessary stock, improving warehouse throughput and consolidating customer orders as close to the destination as possible.

What are the benefits of elastic logistics?

Technology solutions enabling elastic logistics eliminate the waste of space in warehouses by reducing the need for storage space, while managing the throughput of products through a warehouse or distribution centre with automated processes. This in turn results in optimal order management enabling just-in-time order fulfilment and the agility to respond to new and amended orders as part of routing, preparation and dispatching.