Autonomous and electric vehicles, platooning, big data, integrated tech: innovation in trucking is sure moving the industry forward. Smart solutions have inherently changed the way goods are transported around the world with analytics creating a more efficient supply chain – and the industry knows it. According to Supply Chain Management World research, 64 percent of executives think that big data and the insights it brings will have a disrupting power that can pivot the industry forever.
“Blockchain” – one of the most popular buzzwords in logistics and supply chain industries these days.
During the last 2 years, we have seen UPS, BNSF Railway, GE and others joining the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), which is putting efforts to develop the industry standards for blockchain. Meanwhile, IBM partnered with Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, to establish their own blockchain joint venture which is now joined by CMA CGM and MSC.
But unfortunately, the progress is not as rapid as it seems. The logistics giants are testing the technology by backing closed, permission-based blockchain initiatives, which are bound to limit their effectiveness in the long-term.
Attending the best logistics and supply chain conferences can help your company learn about the industry’s best practices and stay ahead of the game. Even though each conference has its own strengths, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to attend all of the good conferences due to the limited time and budget. Moreover, it’s not always easy to decide which event is worth attending. We made for you a list of 10 best logistics and supply chain conferences happening in Europe in 2018. We tried to add the conferences that have high-quality attendees and are designed to make a real impact on your business, so that you can choose those that best fit your needs and your schedule:
As a means of cutting transportation costs from third party freight companies, eCommerce giant Amazon is rolling out its own fleets of air, road and sea vehicles. Amazon already boasts a 40 strong fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft, has registered for a license for sea freight and has had a patent approved for plans for a futuristic, high speed subterranean urban delivery system. The arrival of well funded, global tech players should set off warning alarms for traditional logistics companies, however, the real disruptive force isn’t from underground pipes, ships or planes. It is from effective use of logistics data.
“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” – Isoroku Yamamoto
This famous quote expressed by late Japanese General Yamamoto right after the Pearl Harbor attack is a great analogy to explain the Logistics industry today. More than 70 years later the fear of having awakened a sleeping giant is evident for executives inside incumbent transport companies.
On March 18th 2013, we received our initial investment and on that date the idea of Transmetrics turned into a real company. Since then we have grown our dedicated team to almost 20 highly-skilled professionals. We have partnered with several companies from the industry to verify our idea which have resulted in a number of proofs of concept (PoC) and implementations with leading cargo transport companies. We have received several acknowledgements of success by Forbes, Pioneers Festival, EIT ICT Labs Startup Activation and several other organizations. After spending 4 years building the product, completing PoCs and implementing our solution in a number of logistics companies we have been constantly seeking new ways of improving and optimizing efficiency in the industry. We have learned and discovered a lot. However, there is still a lot more to learn and discover, which we would be happy to do together with you, dear readers.