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Which of the following digital innovations are you investing in as a priority?

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This month (March), DHL released its latest research report on digitization in the supply chain, which revealed that that 95% of respondents were not fully capitalizing on the benefits that physical innovations and information solutions can provide (full story here).
We want to know...

Which of the following digital innovations are you investing in as a priority?

Big data
Cloud-based applications
IoT (Internet of Things)
Machine learning
Sharing economy
Augmented reality

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    Digital logistics platform FarEye has launched its cloud-based web and mobile app Drop&Pick in Europe. The app allows logistics firms to set up local stores as automated parcel shop hubs to meet the growing demand for fast, convenient parcel dispatch and collection.

    23 January, 2018


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