Robots, automation and information technology is the future of our food supply chain. Innovations, from the primary producer to the end consumer, have been made in recent years to improve productivity and efficiency of the food production. Milking robots, drones and automatic harvesting machines are just some of the technologies that are currently in use. These automated technologies lead to significant reductions in production costs, increased outputs and ultimately better productivity, profitability and value for consumers. However, automation also leads to other challenges.
Overall, automation can help to overcome the food supply challenges we will face in the coming decades. These novel technologies will be required to achieve these goals in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. A recent automated technology currently being tested for distributing food and goods is a system called truck platooning - a semi-automated truck convoy.