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Digital transformation can become a catalyst for economic growth and development. One area where this transformation has large potential is the logistics industry. Traditional supply chain processes are being revolutionized by digital technologies, leading to the emergence of digital logistics. In the past decades, research has increasingly dealt with the current developments, challenges, and trends within logistics on a global level. However, the results of global research are not directly applicable to the logistics industry in Africa. Thus, DIGILOGIC carried out multi-method research in order to develop a logistics trend radar that is specific to Africa.

DIGILOGIC has identified societal, technological and biological trends which are currently and in the future influencing the logistics industry in Africa.

Main conclusions resulting from the DIGILOGIC Trend Radar:
  • As can be expected from their different environmental and historical contexts, there are differences between logistics trends in Africa and the Global North
  • Implementation of digital technologies is not a top priority for logistics in Africa; rather, new and old digital and physical technologies are being combined to obtain the best outcomes possible within the contexts for logistics in Africa. Existing challenges refer to the lack of infrastructure and climatic challenges as well as societal fragmentation across Africa. In a world where uncertainties are introduced into global logistics unpredictably by extreme weather events and social conflicts, valuable insights for the future of European logistics could be gained from ongoing analyses of emerging logistics solutions in Africa.
  • One of the key factors driving the adoption of digital technologies in African logistics is the continent's increasing connectivity through increasing internet penetration, proliferation of mobile devices and the expansion of telecommunication infrastructure
  • Common trends between DIGILOGIC Trend Radar (Africa Focus) and DHL Trend Radar (Global North): Blockchain, Drones, Alternative Energy Solutions, Sharing Economy
  • The African Continental Free Trade Area is expected to contribute fundamentally to the development of the logistics industry in the respective countries and foster trend developments

Enabling Trends for the Logistics Industry in Africa

Would you like to know more about the societal, technological and biological trends influencing the logistics industry in Africa? Download our DIGILOGIC Trend Radar to understand the role of technology in shaping the logistics industry in Africa and learn about trends such as the African Free Continental Trade Area (AfCTA), the implementation of digital addresses, the use of IoT technology in cold chain logistics and the how the coping with minimal infrastructure can provide a competitive advantage.

DIGILOGICTrend Radar Podcast Series

Welcome to a series of podcasts where DIGILOGIC will have conversations with innovators, board members and influencers in the Logistic space to inspire and motivate you.

Podcast Series 01: David Coleman

Toyin Dania, Project Manager - DIGILOGIC Project at MEST Africa sits down with David Coleman, Founder & CEO, Cole Collective. David from is a serial entrepreneur who is currently the founder of Cole Collective, a brand engagement consultancy and Council of Local Experts (COLE), an entrepreneurship training and development company.

David Coleman on Best Practices in the DIGILOGIC space.

David Coleman on what the future hold for Cole Collective and his clients.

Podcast Series 02: Sesinam

Charlotte Edzard, Digital Hub Logistics and Project lead on the DIGILOGIC Project and Toyin Dania, Project Manager - DIGILOGIC Project at MEST Africa sits down with Sesinam, founder of SnooCode. They chat to Seninam about what he has learnt on his entrepreneurial journey thus far and how can contribute to reimagining africa.

Sesinam on Focusing on his Entrepreneurial Journey.

Sesinam on Reimagining Africa.

Podcast Series 03: Juha

Maumo Mubila, BongoHive and Project lead on the DIGILOGIC Project sits down with Juha, Head of Product, Vakava Technologies Ltd Oy & Chairman, Vakava Africa Ltd and Gill. We find out what they have learnt on their entrepreneurial journeys and how can they continue to overcome challenges in Africa.

Juha tells us about the Challenges they face.


Juha on how they overcome Africa challenges.

Podcast Series 04: Stacy

Charlotte Edzard, Digital Hub Logistics and Project lead on the DIGILOGIC Project sits down with Stacy Nyathi, Business Developer at Thumeza. Thumeza provide working capital financing for those who power the movement of goods across Africa.

Stacy tells us about the challenges Thumeza faces.


What are Africa's challenges?

Podcast Series 05: Natacha

Charlotte Edzard, Digital Hub Logistics and Project lead on the DIGILOGIC Project sits down with Natacha Mugeni, Rwanda MD & Director of Health Operations at Kasha Global, Inc. Kasha sells and delivers pharmaceutical products, household goods and consumer health products discretely to low-income consumers, resellers, pharmacies and health facilities in East Africa.

Natacha tells us a little about herself.


How is important are women roles in Kasha?

Podcast Series 06: Chuka

Charlotte Edzard, Digital Hub Logistics and Project lead on the DIGILOGIC Project sits down with Chuka Alumona, from Procter and Gamble (P&G), who is also one of our Board Members. Inc. P&G was founded more than 180 years ago as a soap and candle company. Today, P&G is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and home to iconic, trusted brands.

Chuka tells us how he started out in Logistics and Supply Chain.


What do you think Africa’s logistic challenges are?