Today, we are happy to present you the newest format of our blog – “Transmetrics CEO Comments.” In this set of articles, our CEO will share his professional opinion on the concepts which emerge at the interception of logistics and innovation. The goal of the format is to unravel the misconceptions about the new technologies and to highlight the power that they can bring to logistics.
While we are almost ready to step into the new year, 2017 still has some aces in the sleeve for the logistics industry. This year, in a nutshell, was a year of non-logistics players entering the industry through innovations. For example, in May Uber officially announced the launch of Uber Freight to tackle the logistics market, Alphabet’s autonomous car unit Waymo brought the power of driverless driving to trucks and just this month Tesla presented its Semi Truck with specs that are beyond industry’s standard. The only way for the industry players to respond to such rivalry is to invest time and resources in new technologies like UPS did while exploring the blockchain. The shift in logistics is happening. The question is, as a logistics player, are you doing anything about it? As one famous Chinese proverb says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Welcome to the November Issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies in logistics.
Here is the list of topics in this issue:
Nowadays, we don’t get surprised when we hear about yet another company building an autonomous passenger car. The driverless car trend is already upon us – from Ford to Volvo, and to Mercedes-Benz, most car manufacturers name 2020 as the year when fully autonomous vehicles will be ready for regular use. The cargo industry is slightly behind the trend, but just last week Tesla unveiled their long-awaited Semi Truck. Tesla Semi has the 800-kilometer range and enhanced autopilot features that allow it to drive itself on the highway, stay in its lane and keep a safe distance from the vehicles and other obstacles around. With more automation examples coming to the transport and logistics industry, it is really interesting to see how this technology is evolving. While in-land automation is already being discussed and tested by the major players in the industry, the large autonomous ocean vessels is a new promising trend in the maritime sector. We would like to thank Freighthub and Dr. Michael Ardelt for providing us with the following article on Autonomous Ships. Enjoy!
Logistics is behind every product in our world. Electronics, apparel, consumables – everything is being manufactured and moved around the globe in order to be delivered to the end customer. Logistics is a hidden power which stands behind the global economy, supports it and influences it in a lot of ways. However, this power is not unstoppable, because of such unpredictable events as the famous cyber attack on Maersk, which paralyzed global trade for several months. It did not stop consumers from purchasing more products though. With an increase of e-commerce volumes that will double by 2021, more and more goods are going to be shipped around the world. The question is – Can logistics actually predict the economy by using the historical data from the industry?
Every month we select one Logistics Startup which represents a positive example of innovation in logistics and has the potential to alter the way the industry operates. This month, we would like to announce that Transmetrics selected Log-hub, the warehouse marketplace, as the November “Logistics Startup of the Month” for its outstanding vision for the digital future of warehouse management. In order to learn more about the story behind the company, we asked Dirk Reich, a co-founder of the company, a couple of questions about the business. Congratulations, Log-hub!
As any other industry, in order to move forward, the logistics sector has to face the new challenges and find the ways to overcome them. With an increasing customer demand for products and services, logistics players have to be agile and think out of the box. If such questions as “What can we do to help postal workers operate more efficiently in the cities?” or “How can we optimize the last mile delivery?” are on the discussion board, then companies need to look for help in the realm of latest technology. Consequently, we can increase the efficiency of postal workers by accompanying them with the robots and optimize last mile delivery by giving access to such tools as the innovative location delivery system and autonomous vehicles. It is true that the number of challenges for the industry is increasing year-to-year. However, the amount and the quality of solutions are increasing as well, thus the logistics players should constantly scan the market for new ones and not to be afraid to test them. Perhaps, that is the way to become a top-notch service provider in the 21st century.
Welcome to the October Issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies in logistics.
Here is the list of topics in this issue:
- An electric postal delivery robot is being tested in Germany
- Aramex records 40% speed improvement of last mile delivery
- Driverless freight trains are on the rise in Australia
- Amazon will be able to enter the houses to drop off deliveries
- Deutsche Post DHL partners with tech companies to improve the deliveries
We would like to thank Ken Lyon and Transport Intelligence for providing us with the following piece about Blockchain and the challenges for its adoption in the logistics industry. Blockchain is a relatively new concept in the context of the logistics industry, and right now its full potential is yet to be uncovered for this
Every month we select one Logistics Startup which represents a positive example of innovation in logistics, and has the potential to alter the way the industry operates. This month we are proud to announce that FreightHub is recognized as the October Logistics Startup of the Month for its leading role in digitalizing the European freight forwarding, and for pursuing the finest customer service in the industry. In order to understand their success, we asked them a couple of questions about their business. Congratulations, FreightHub!
We would like to thank Dr. Yingli Wang and Dr. Stephen Pettit for providing us with this article from their book E-Logistics: Managing Your Digital Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage. The increasing volume and detail of information generated by organisations, social media and the Internet of Things (IoT) has led to an ‘explosion’ in