What is the future of transport & logistics technology?

As a new decade starts, TransRussia looks to the future of transport & logistics tech.

Here’s what to expect from a more tech-driven industry the 21st century promises.

Technologies that will change transport & logistics

Automation, robotics & AI

It’s long been the case that automation and robotics will change global logistics as the technology gets more sophisticated. Add AI to the equation, and data-driven machine learning will likely be what drives processes forward.

Robots are becoming smarter, able to better recognise patterns and perform tasks. They’re also increasingly able to learn from data too, allowing them to adapt independently and cooperate, rather than simply co-exist, with other machines.

Machine learning is a significant transport tool. Logistics flows and supply chains rely on predictability for efficient logistics flows. It’s predicted that smarter robots will be able to monitor, predict, and recommend supply chain efficiencies going forward.

Internet of Things & greater connectivity

AI and inter-machine communication will be powered by the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT).

With IoT, devices of all sorts are connected via sensors, meaning they can quickly share data between one another. Coupled with smarter machines, this means data will help drive decisions and solve puzzles across supply chains. All this without human interaction.

Everything is being connected, from pallets, vehicles, intralogistics equipment and shipping containers.
Internet of Things will become an important way for freight forwarders and cargo handlers to better control logistics processes, discover possible issues at an early stage, and solve problems. It is a key enabler for improving the entire logistics chains precision, predictability and transparency.

E-mobility and electric vehicles

Cutting emissions will be on the agenda of transporters throughout the 21st century. Gone will be gas-guzzling trucks, and maritime shippers will have to be more conscious about their output. Regulations are shifting in favour of low-greenhouse gas emitting.

Electric vehicles are already going under rapid development, and this will continue as the transport & logistics sector rapidly moves away from oil-driven machinery and towards battery-driven fuel.

Many new regulations are entering into force in 2020 we can also expect to see an increase in the use of eco-friendly fuel for maritime transports.


The in-technology trend of the past couple of years has been blockchain.

What started in the world of digital currency actually has practical applications for many industries, not least transport & logistics.

Blockchain technology where information is held on a blockchain and exists as a shared digital database is the next big trend. By storing blocks of information that are identical across its network, the blockchain cannot be controlled by a single entity and has no single point of failure. The information is public, accessible to anyone online, and easily verifiable.

How will this newest tech revolution change logistics? With increased transparency for freight forwarders, minimized information disruption between multiple stakeholders, and eliminated intermediaries resulting in simplified and highly reliable supply chains.

Tech companies: find your opportunities at TransRussia 2020

As Russia’s only international transport and logistics exhibition, this is an event you want to be at.

For exhibitors, you can meet nearly 17,000 cargo owners freight forwarders, retailers and others in need of transportation services and technologies on the Russian market. 

Visitors are primed for purchasing, and more than two thirds will only attend TransRussia amongst industry events.

Book your stand today and get ahead of your competitors in the market. 

To find out more, contact our team for more information on this industry-leading international event.