Not so long ago, goods were transported while producers and customers both had nothing to do but hope they arrived on time and in good condition. In many cases this is good enough. With more sensitive goods such as cars (which dominate a large chunk of global trade), food products, certain chemicals, electronics, machinery, and many others – monitoring the supply chain is crucial.
In recent years technology has taken a massive leap forwards. With implementing mesh networks of sensors across cargo packages or containers, the producing company, shipping service, and end customer can all monitor the state and conditions of the goods in real-time. This is especially important for making alterations to the supply-chain based on the data, understanding the state of the goods as they arrive and for damage control.
The key benefactions of such a system would be shipping, logistical and cargo delivery services who can provide this data in real-time as an added feature – aimed at reassuring both sides if the supply-chain.