Over the years, the heavy transport industry has been a little hesitant to adopt high-impact technologies. And the reasons are obvious: not all clients have shifted fully into this digital culture, and the costs and privacy concerns associated with intelligent transport systems.
However, further advances in transport engineering systems have seen the widespread dilemma of which breakthroughs (both software and hardware) have a positive effect on organisational performance fizzle out with time. Top among such technologies that enhance profitability include the following.
Gone are the days that transportation companies were tactical service providers; picking and ferrying cargo to destinations with little to no knowledge about the contents.
With adequate data such as consumer spending habits, you will expand your revenue streams by engaging manufacturers and suppliers to optimise their inventory and merchandising networks for on-time deliveries.
You will soon be able, through cloud-based analytics, to integrate logistics data into trucks across your entire supply chain to track the condition of cargo while on transit, the health of your driver as well as the location of your vehicle.
You will also be able to automate freight matching with the best possible route to take, the available space, and local and international transportation regulations so you can determine the most cost-effective scenario for transporting cargo.
The heavy transport industry has a great opportunity at hand, especially for those that are willing to let go traditional performance metrics that are (yes, cheap and reliable) but outmoded.
You have had such services in the past and can confirm that they keep on earning you lower and lower margins by the day with your clients opting for transport service providers that are more technologically adept than you are.
Embrace the innovative technologies that transport engineering has to offer so you can focus on providing valuable services to your clients’ ever-changing needs.