The supply chain is tough, and getting tougher. As a first port of call, right out of the gate, we should meet Erich Hugo from US-based DeltaTrak; his firm has been in the tracking game for three decades already, originally supplying manual data loggers to logistics firms for post-analysis of goods in transit – the same ‘things’ now being connected by any number of IoT technologies, by any number of IoT firms, to get real-time readouts on their position and condition.
Hugo wants us to take a step back, momentarily. “Logistics contributes about a third of the world’s GDP,” he says. “It is also one of the oldest industries in the world.