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Future Roads for Smarter Transportation Management

By Logistics Tech Outlook | Monday, October 21, 2019

Contributing to information and analytics-driven supply chain technologies, transportation management is developing exponentially.

FREMONT, CA: The growth of e-commerce tends to drive higher standards for speed, flexibility, and transparency in the logistical framework. On the other side, storage and distribution companies are forced to change quickly to stay competitive with extremely high demands on service levels – from vendors, merchants, and customers. And as the evolution for future functionality becomes more and more reliant on statistical evaluation, the demand for data and analytics in the supply chain technology elevates.  The penetration of such useful tools helps companies get more knowledgeable, more productive, and much more profitable.

The power of Monitoring guarantees quality and consistency

Throughout the past decade, innovation has pushed the sector into a completely different world of supply chain transparency above necessary track-and-trace records. Today, not only can consumers monitor their deliveries by transit, they will send a text or email updates when the delivery trucks changed direction. A specific data may indicate that the shipment is within a kilometer of its point of origin, allowing facilities executives to schedule ahead and remove surprises.

 In contrast to on-time shipments, this increased visibility has consequences. Eventually, this information will enable manufacturers to be capable of carrying less stock because they will recognize with greater certainty where and exactly where their items are requested. Over time, this could result in significant cost savings.

Further flexibility and power over transportation are also guided by results. The Internet of Things (IoT) sensors also enable the ability to investigate and document weather, moisture, vibration as well as other vital factors in real-time, helping an operator or dispatcher to intervene before a problem becomes a problem.

Fleet management systems make productivity and efficiency possible

Fleet management services also play a major role in increasing the efficiency of transport. Systems are continually communicating with cars, collecting data on how long a car has been on the highway, where it is going, and which path would be the most effective. Such programs minimize idle driver time, improve fuel efficiency, increase security, and reduce documentation.

The direct communication between cars and the factory and assembly plant also allows for increased performance and reactions to unexpected incidents in real-time. For instance, if the driver allocated to a pick-up is overdue, fleet management software may reassign the freight to the next driver instantly, preventing disruption and late delivery. Several major carriers even use the information to shorten destinations, maintaining drivers closer to households, and high job satisfaction.

Virtual freight marketplaces also allow businesses to look beyond contemporary shipping by making the trucking industry more open. Using technology, importers can see local trends and detailed information on lane costs, and driver biases, while shippers have access to specifics such as loading and unloading times and records on traffic history.

Communication from vehicle to vehicle enables platooning

Platooning is going to be a logistical game changer. This software will save operator employment costs as for every three or four vehicles on the roads, only one driver will be required. It also has the ability to improve road safety by reducing human error and improving reaction times. The system further decreases the gap between cars, increasing the capacity of the road network.

Platooning also has ecological benefits. At a continuously regulated speed, cars emit less CO2 output and use less oil. Trials have already shown that this system will save a three-truck platoon as much as 11% on fuel costs. And while putting into action may seem too impractical, many businesses are already transporting freight on autonomous trucks.

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