Digital Twin in Logistics: Enabling Transparency and Accuracy in E-Commerce

According to a DHL trend report, the concept and rise of digital twins can create value in the logistic industry. One of the major breakthrough technologies that are making a big change in logistics is the digital twin.

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Learn More: What is a Digital Twin?

A digital twin stands as a bridge between physical assets and digital models by using sensors to gather real-time data from vehicles, aircrafts engines, buildings, etc. For many years, scientists and engineers have created mathematical models of real-world objects. The current technological growth has made it possible to link offline physical assets to digital models. The insight derived from the model allows decisions to be made about the physical object, which can also be controlled by unprecedented precision.

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Applying digital twin in logistics will help bring deeper insights into the planning, designing, operations and optimization of the supply chain network individually or globally.

Digital twin packaging

A recent report unravelled that the total weight of non-living things in the world is expected to overthrow the weight of all living beings combined in 2020 or 2021. This shows the increasing usage of the material substance by humans. A direct consequence that it caused is the spike in non-recyclable packing material. Henceforth, both consumers and online sellers are looking for a biodegradable solution. As more companies look for ways to make their operations efficient and sustainable, digital twin technology may be the answer that could solve these problems. Packing materials have the opportunity to be revolutionized through digital twins. By using digital twins of the compostable plastics, recycled materials and biodegradable packaging, companies can model the material’s behaviour under different weight capacities, temperatures, vibration and shock loads.

Digital twin supply chain

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The industry that needs digitisation and any possible makeover is the supply chain in logistics. In a world where people expect companies to ensure product quality and needs real-time navigation of their packages, the supply chain must become more trustworthy. A digital twin is a handy solution that enables logistics providers and other supply chain enterprises to offer increased transparency to people involved. With greater transparency in the supply chain, partners can easily recognize inefficiencies and work together to improve processes and streamline operations.

A digital twin of warehouses and distribution centres

Getting a digital twin of warehouses and distribution centres could have a significant impact on the design, operation and optimisation of logistics infrastructure. The digital twins act as 3D models of the facility with upgraded technology to view movements and packaging works done inside an enclosed place. Warehouse digital twin can support the design and layout of facilities, allowing companies to optimise space utilisation and simulate the movement of products, personnel, and material handling equipment.

Source: Digital Twin in Logistics: Enabling Transparency and Accuracy in E-Commerce

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Nursinem Handan ŞAHAN
Graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Geomatics Engineering in 2018 as an honour student. During her undergraduate education, she studied at the Warsaw University of Technology with the Erasmus + program. Currently continuing her education at Istanbul Technical University, Department of Geographical Information Technologies.
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