In this article, we look at how the transport industry is doing nowadays. Today a lot of work is done by computers. Manpower is therefore no longer necessary for some professions. However, the transportsector is an industry in which manpower does not seem to disappear immediately. A person is for example always needed to transport the items. The process that takes place before and after transporting goods seems like a good angle to replace manpower with computers. Read on if you are also curious about these developments.
What challenges do we see in the transport industry?
Within this specific industry, we naturally see a number of challenges arising over the years. For example, you can think of an increasing staff shortage. In addition, automation (TMS systems) is a major challenge. What can and cannot be automated and how do you implement it? There are also a number of major challenges, such as responding to innovations, multi-modular transport and sustainable logistics.
Multi-modular transport, what is that?
Multi-modular transport is also known as combined transport. We are talking about transporting goods under one contract. However, it is carried out with at least two different modes of transport. In principle, the carrier is legally liable for the entire transport. This is despite being transported on at least two different modes of transport. For example, different modes of transport can be by road, rail or sea. As a result, the carrier does not need to have all means of transport available. This is very favorable because in practice a transport does not have that many different means of transport. The other modes of transport are outsourced to so-called sub-carriers. Within this concept, we call the responsible carrier the multimodal carrier (or MTO for short).
What are smart solutions for the transport industry?
Of course, there are a number of solutions that make the challenges in the transport industry easier. For example, you can opt for the milkrun concept. This is especially useful if you have a company with a lot of small orders. The staff can then go out with a cart and collect the articles for several small orders and also immediately put them together. It is important here that the warehouse management system is set up for this. Other useful solutions include indirect procurement and e-procurement. These ensure that the internal business processes run a lot easier and therefore smoother.