At the CES Technology Show in Las Vegas, Continental showed off its Cube driverless shuttle featuring robotic dogs taking parcels from the vehicle to the customer’s front door¹. Four legs are better than wheels for getting around pavements and obstacles. What is the world coming to? What is the Amazon effect on the transport industry? How might the future look?
Thanks to Amazon, customers (both B2C and B2B) have greater expectations. They demand virtually immediate fulfilment of their orders, expecting delivery within the next day or two. This effect is forcing change across transport, logistics and the whole supply chain. This ever-moving situation is both a challenge and an opportunity for those trailer fleets that are willing to face the changes head-on. (source: Forbes)
Among many different perspectives of how the Amazon effect might translate into consequences for the trucking and logistics industry is the vision elaborated by PwC’s Strategy& in its Global Truck Study 2018. It forecasts that “By 2030, trucking and logistics will be an ecosystem of autonomous vehicles directed by a digitized supply chain, combining driverless cable trucks and delivery hubs staffed by robots.”
In its very digital- and automation-driven view of the future, Strategy& highlights three conclusions:
Strategy & also predicts that a more digitized supply chain will reduce administrative overhead, cut out time-consuming inventory and decrease insurance costs, bringing savings of up to 41% by 2030 compared to today’s supply chain.
Innovation in transport and the supply chain does not stop at electric and driverless vehicles, the use of AI and predictive analytics to improve driver safety and retention or indeed better online freight brokering services to maximise full trailer loads or robotic dogs to deliver packages over the last few 100 metres. There are plenty of other interesting concepts being developed. The trends include:
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Customers renting trailers through TIP Trailer Services can benefit from preferential rental terms to increase their trailer fleet or reduce its size as demand fluctuates. TIP trailer rental customers also enjoy the benefits of TIP’s maintenance and repair services through its extensive Europe-wide network of workshops and mobile servicing vehicles. To find out how we can help your fleet take advantage of the Amazon effect with TIP trailer rental, please contact us via this TIP contact form.
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