The logistics and transport sectors are in turmoil across the globe. Technology has disrupted the sector, and there is talk of robot trucks, people-less warehousing, and last-mile deliveries via drone tech. As a result, logistics is in flux, but simple changes must happen as part of this process, or the industry will remain in jeopardy.
Driver safety and the safety of other road users is a massive concern as the number of heavy-duty haulers on our roads has increased nonstop over the last 18 months. Increasing the length of fleet driver training as well as the use of sophisticated two-way driver cameras such as the Surfsight dash cams are essential to inculcate a culture of safety and improve driving, but also to ensure that truckers themselves are protected as there will always be evidence of driving style and behaviors’ to show who was at fault should there be a safety issue or accident.
Integrated Delivery Systems and Supply Chains
With so many deliveries required and the web of supply chains that crisscross over the country and serve to keep the economy moving in the right direction, there is a great deal of duplication. Amazon alone can deliver to 72% of the American population in one day. Transporters are delivering along these same routes on an ongoing basis, and not all of the containers are fully laden. Delivery systems from multinational retailers and the supply chain deliveries of supplies and the resultant products must be integrated across sectors, companies, and countries. The tech exists and must simply be adapted and implemented to allow for a wider sharing of space and push for increased efficiencies.
Invest in Appropriate Technologies
Related to the aforementioned integration of systems is the need for logistics and transport firms to invest in the right tech. There is a possibility that some of the technology currently being heralded as the savior of last-mile delivery and improved same-day delivery will likely also remove several thousand from employment. There needs to be a balance between the need for efficiencies against the need for human involvement and the continued employment provided by the sector.
Improve Sustainability Credentials
Over 23% of US emissions come from trucks in the transportation industry, and it is becoming critical to reducing these if the industry is to move into the future. Once again, the technology exists, but it is now about using it in the right way to improve logistics and transport, rather than changing it irreversibly and affecting jobs and human lives. Electric vehicles, reduced emissions, solar-powered warehousing, and the internet of things are those that arguably will add value to the transport sector and go a long way to improving the sustainability credentials of the firm in question.
The transport and logistics industry has changed, and these sectors are in a current state of flux as new entrants disrupt the sector. Therefore, the implementation of technology improvements without a clear understanding of the long-term effects may not be the best route forward for the industry.