Three Ways Commodity Trading Benefits From IoT

Harald Schlueter

A business’ growth requires innovation and new uses of technology. As more individuals turn to the Internet of Things (IoT) as a resource, its use in commodity trading will grow. Businesses must understand the advantages of using IoT to meet client expectations and improve the company’s goals for the future.

Improved demand and supply sensing with IoT

A key advantage of IoT in commodity trading is the opportunity to keep up with supply and demand while maintaining high-quality products. Business Insider says that IoT technology distills the complex tools used by a company into a single, coherent ecosystem. By setting up a system with a coherent technological connection, a business improves the quality sampling while identifying problems within the sampling.

In commodity trading, supply and demand is a key part of the business. A business must ship quality products to the correct location by a set time. Weather drones, online applications, and satellite images can enable a business to accurately estimate when a commodity will arrive at a specific destination, giving the company a competitive edge around supply and demand.

Weather forecasting with drones and satellites also enables commodity producers to improve operations and, therefore, supply. Monitoring the weather enables food commodity producers to set schedules around the ideal weather conditions for growing and harvesting plants. It also enables mining and oil rig operators to identify weather conditions that could cause safety or other concerns that slow product supply. By forecasting the weather and using IoT technology to estimate the impact of poor weather on supply, a company can take preventative measures to address potential problems.

The Internet of Things uses real-time and historical data to help commodity companies develop an accurate image of the current market and reduces risk by identifying customer buying patterns and anticipating changes in demand. The business keeps up with customer demands by analyzing historical data, real-time information, and key information from an array of sources through IoT tools and applications. Machines and software use data analysis to predict customer demands and develop a strategy to supply the commodity to appropriate locations.

The Internet of Things provides real-time data, which means the business has access to details related to breakdowns, delays, or other problems that may arise in the delivery of a product. It ensures that commodities arrive in a timely manner by addressing problems or delays.

Big Data used in IoT applications works on a global and local scale. By identifying the demand for a commodity in a local area, a business sets an appropriate premium for a commodity and optimizes company profits. Optimized pricing through supply management and demand analysis drives the value of a commodity.

Optimized routes and using IoT in freight

Transportation is a key part of selling a commodity. Since commodity trading relates to food items, like coffee beans and cocoa beans, as well as other necessities like metals, a business must obtain proper transportation for the goods. The Internet of Things gives a company opportunities to optimize the routes for their product transportation.

Businesses can use the online system to determine the best routes for the transportation of goods. It allows the business to bypass areas with heavy traffic or potential complications for the transportation of items. It also ensures that the business stays up-to-date with roadwork, construction projects, or other problems that may slow the transport of commodities.

When a business uses freight for transportation, it optimizes Big Data and technology to improve its logistics and commodity management. Bulk freight businesses expand beyond Internet and data management when using IoT applications or tools, says Lloyd’s Loading List. Wireless technology allows a company providing bulk freight services to enhance the company. A business may use computers, robotic tools, and other devices to keep up with demands and ensure proper management of commodities.

Setting up sensors in freight expedites the process and reduces the risk of late deliveries. By avoiding late deliveries through an organized system and sensors on the packages, a business does not need to replace commodities and faces fewer penalties. The sensors help reduce the risk of losing business or paying late delivery fees in the bulk freight industry.

IoT technology can disrupt existing logistics strategies. Developing applications for clients and company employees provides an opportunity to speed services and engage directly with clients. Lloyd’s Loading List reports that companies using IoT to develop their business gain visibility, which provides new opportunities for long-term growth.

Expansion into new markets

Expansion is a goal of any company working with commodity trading. Technological advances in IoT provide an opportunity for businesses to expand into new markets, says Business Insider. The data obtained with IoT technology allows a company to identify potential markets with limited competition for a commodity.

Online tools and access to a greater amount of data give the company a pattern for expansion. By analyzing data and following through with additional research into local environments, a company determines when it has room to move into a new market. Connectivity within the company also provides a chance to quickly access data and make decisions about a potential market. Companies can also use this data to make decisions about new products or commodities to sell in the future.

The Internet of Things plays a key role in the future of commodity trading. It improves productivity, provides opportunities for further growth, and optimizes the routes used to transport a commodity. The key is recognizing the applications of IoT technology and then implementing a plan of action that works with the goals of the company.

Learn how to bring new technologies and services together to power digital transformation by downloading The IoT Imperative for Consumer Industries. Explore how to bring Industry 4.0 insights into your business today by reading Industry 4.0: What’s Next?

Turn thinking into doing at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona February 26 – March 1, 2018. Learn more!

Harald Schlueter

About Harald Schlueter

Harald is a solution manager for Commodity Management in the Industry Cloud organization at SAP. Harald defines the solution strategy from a business perspective and ensures adoption of innovative technologies. For many years, he has been working closely with co-innovation customers and product development to build and continuously enhance the SAP Commodity Management solution across commodities and industries. Currently, he cooperates with global leaders in commodity trading and agribusiness origination.