This report explores the market opportunities for solutions based on new technologies (IoT, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, artificial intelligence) in supply chain management and logistics.

It describes the major industry players and their business models as well as the main market trends.

Estimates for the size of the connected logistics market is also provided in the study:

  • breakdown by connectivity technology
  • breakdown by use case
  • breakdown by region

Table of contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Definitions and concepts

3. IoT technologies for logistics
3.1. IoT technologies for connecting every object
3.2. Cellular technologies
3.2.1. 2G, 3G, 4G
3.2.2. The development of 5G: Massive IoT and URLLC
3.3. LPWAN technologies
3.4. Satellite technologies
3.5. Identification technologies
3.6. Short-range technologies
3.7. Automatic Identification System (AIS)
3.8. Emerging technologies in logistics
3.8.1. Autonomous trucks
3.8.2. Blockchain for logistics
3.8.3. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
3.8.4. Robotics in logistics
3.8.5. Drones

4. Use cases
4.1. Use case descriptions
4.1.1. Parcels
4.1.2. Shipping containers
4.1.3. Pallets and carts
4.1.4. Forklift trucks
4.1.5. Ships
4.1.6. Trains
4.1.7. Aeroplanes
4.1.8. Trucks
4.2. Summary of key use cases
4.3. Outdoor logistics
4.4. Indoor logistics

5. Ecosystem
5.1. The connected logistics value chain
5.2. Supply-side players
5.2.1. Equipment manufacturers (Case studies: Michelin Solutions, Traxens)
5.2.2. IT solutions and platform providers (Case study: Siemens)
5.2.3. Vehicle manufacturers
5.2.4. Telecom operators (Case studies: Vodafone, AT&T)
5.3. Demand-side players
5.3.1. Logistics operator and transport company strategies (Case studies: Maersk, DHL, CMA CGM)
5.3.2. Strategies used by industry players and other asset owners (Case studies: Schneider Electric, Groupe PSA – GEFCO, Lufthansa Industry Solutions, Toyota Material Handling)

6. Market dynamics
6.1. Major themes in the future of logistics
6.2. Drivers and barriers to development of connected logistics
6.3. Opportunities for logistics players

7. Market evaluation
7.1. The connected logistics market by technology
7.2. The connected logistics market by use case
7.3. The connected logistics market by region

List of tables and figures

List of tables and figures

3. IoT technologies for logistics
• Connected lorry tracking system
• Cellular connectivity (4G) for trains
• 5G for IoT calendar
• Architecture of a wireless private network
• Example of access tracking solution based on LTE-M by NimbLink
• An asset tracking solution based on LTE-M by AT&T
• Global LoRaWAN coverage, July 2019
• Illustration of satellite-based ship tracking solutions
• Suitability of satellite solutions for fleet tracking by type of business
• Identification technologies used in logistics
• Warehouse logistics using RFID tags
• Indoor asset tracking (Wi-Fi) using UWINLOC
• How AIS works for ship identification and tracking
• AIS services and potential customers
• Vera autonomous trucks by Volvo
• Players in the self-driving truck field
• Timeline for adoption phases of autonomous trucks
• Truck remote control system from Starsky Robotics
• Transition from the traditional ecosystem to supply chains based on blockchain
• Eyesee inventory drone used by L’Oréal
• Parcelcopter delivery drone from DHL
• Prime Air drone from Amazon

4. Use cases
• Connectivity to track parcels outdoors via BICS
• Connected tracker for tracking containers developed by Traxens for MSC FLAMINIA
• A connected pallet solution
• A Wi-Fi compatible autonomous cart by Alog Tech
• Connectivity challenges for autonomous ships
• A connected train solution by Bosch
• Example of a local LoRa network onboard a train
• Asset tracking solutions for air transportation (FedEx)
• Digital cockpit solution by Thales
• Elements of a connected truck solution
• Cost savings from using Verizon’s fleet management solution
• Cost savings from fleet management solutions
• Warehouse connected logistics

5. Ecosystem
• The connected logistics value chain
• Fleet management devices by Webfleet Solutions (previously TomTom Telematics)
• Connected tyre by Continental with connectivity by Vodafone
• Trailer management solution by Michelin
• Michelin’s digital services and connected product range
• Maritime freight network architecture
• Container contents monitoring with proprietary connectivity technology
• Device attached to the container door
• Traxen’s sensor device
• Fleet management platform by IBM
• Asset tracking equipment and software by Sensolus
• Dynafleet – fleet management solution from Volvo Trucks
• Fleet Optimise end-to-end solution for fleet management by Telefónica
• Container tracking solution for CIMC by Telenor
• Complete IoT solutions for asset tracking available on the AT&T Marketplace
• Positioning of various telecom operators in the connected logistics market
• Asset tracking solution by Vodafone and IBM
• Fleet management solution by Vodafone
• A device for container connectivity by AT&T
• Price of the LTE-M outdoor asset tracking device by AT&T
• Asset Management Operations Center asset tracking SaaS software by AT&T
• Insurance service for shipped goods by DHL
• Electronic service for sharing logistics documentation by CMA CGM
• Remote container management service
• EDI – electronic data interchange solutions by Maersk
• Maersk’s container tracking application dashboard: mobile and web versions
• RFID tracker by DHL SmartSensor
• Tracking solution
• Resilience360 real-time incident monitoring platform by DHL SmartSensor
• Container management service by CMA CGM
• Traxens Smart Containers that CMA CGM uses for its tracking service
• Guarantee service for shipped goods by CMA CGM
• Logistics Platform by Lufthansa Industry Solutions

6. Market dynamics
• Logistics Platform by Lufthansa Industry Solutions

5. Market evaluation
• Installed base of connected objects in logistics, by technology, 2019-2025
• Installed base of connected objects in logistics, by use case, 2019-2025
• Installed base of connected objects in logistics, by region, 2019 and 2025

Geographic area



  • Airbus
  • Alog Tech
  • Amazon
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • AT&T
  • Baidu
  • BICS
  • Bosch
  • Caterpillar
  • China Mobile
  • Continental
  • Daifuku
  • Daimler
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • DHL
  • Embark
  • Eutelsat
  • FedEx
  • Globalstar
  • Google
  • Groupe PSA
  • Hamburg Süd (HSDG)
  • IBM
  • Iridium
  • Isuzu
  • Kontron
  • LinkLabs
  • LoRa Alliance
  • Lufthansa Industry Solutions
  • Maersk
  • MCS
  • Michelin
  • Microsoft
  • NimbLink
  • NTT Docomo
  • Oceansoft
  • Oracle
  • Orange
  • Otto
  • Peloton Technology
  • Rhino
  • RM2
  • SAP
  • Scania
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sensolus
  • Siemens
  • Sigfox
  • SNCF
  • Squadrone System
  • Telefonica
  • Telenor
  • Tencent
  • Thales
  • Toyota Material Handling
  • Traxens
  • Uber
  • Verizon Connect
  • Vodafone
  • Volvo Trucks
  • Webfleet Solutions

Other details

  • Reference: M20330MRA
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  • Tags: Artificial Intelligence, augmented reality, blockchain, connected logistics, iot, logistics, logistics 4.0, LPWAN, supply chain management, virtual reality

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