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Driverless Trucks on I-95, Oh My.

Jun 7, 2017 11:37:11 AM by John Mancini

“Just as the arrival of the connected car is already changing how carmakers will operate in the future, the advent of the digital truck will completely transform how freight is transported on the world’s highways.” – PwC, The Era of Digitized Trucking: Transforming the Logistics Value Chain.

Oh my.

Truth be told, this creates images for me of driverless 18-wheelers careening down the I-95 corridor between Washington, DC and Richmond at 70 mph. 

But being a glass half full guy, I think a better way of looking at this is to think about how changes in information management will soon make it possible to better integrate the phyical and virtual worlds. 

Digital Trucking is an interesting example of this intersection. A truck knows exactly where it is at all times. It can communicate with other trucks to dramatically improive freight matching. Diagnostic information helps avoid -- and anticipate -- breakdowns. Ultimately, we'll have driverless trucks. And because the items within the truck know exactly where they are, the digital truck becomes a much more integrated part of a reinvented supply chain.

Pretty amazing stuff.  And in this new world, getting rid of all of the paper associated with transportation and logistics -- Bills of Lading, Delivery Receipts, Commercial Invoices and Claims forms -- becomes not only tactically important -- cutting costs is always great -- but strategically important.

Find out more in my new Tip Sheet, The Next Logistics Wave -- Digital Trucking.



You might also be interested in this new white paper, Digital Transformation in Transportation and Logistics, and these Tip Sheets:

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Topics: digital transformation,, transportation, logistics, supply chain

The “Last Mile” is an Overlooked Process “Moment of Truth”

May 25, 2017 3:49:11 PM by John Mancini

A “moment of truth” is a deciding instant that determines whether something will succeed. 

According to Wikipedia, “Transporting goods via freight rail networks and container ships is often the most efficient and cost-effective manner of shipping. However, when goods arrive at a high-capacity freight station or port, they must then be transported to their final destination. This last leg of the supply chain is often less efficient, comprising up to 28% of the total cost to move goods. This has become known as the last mile problem."

Even though today’s transportation and logistics industry has globalized and adopted technology for many purposes, it still relies heavily on such paper documents as Bills of Lading, Delivery Receipts, Commercial Invoices and Claims forms to convey information. Found at various stages of the supply chain, these documents are typically printed out and then manually keyed in to another electronic system. Unfortunately, this manual data entry translates into information delays, human errors and hours of redundant labor.

Find out about the special information management challenges facing every company trying to get something from Point A to Point B in 5 Reasons to Get Serious About the “Last Mile” Problem.


And a special question - Where is the place in this picture?

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Topics: information management, content management, transportation, logistics

The Weak Link in Your Supply Chain - Information Logistics

Apr 21, 2017 11:39:30 AM by John Mancini

The term “Logistics” conjures up images of complicated supply chains, and the Rube Goldberg-esque complexities of summarizing, rationalizing, and reporting on them in an intelligent way.  

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Topics: information, logistics

The Future of Logistics? -- It’s all about information, not planes, trains and automobiles

Apr 13, 2017 10:44:00 AM by John Mancini

Business disruption – driven by massive changes in technology and information management – is sweeping through every industry – even transportation and logistics.

Here’s PwC’s take on the changes sweeping through the transportation and logistics industry.

“Like most other industries, transportation and logistics (T&L) is currently confronting immense change; and like all change, this brings both risk and opportunity. New technology, new market entrants, new customer expectations, and new business models.”

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Here are 6 key information management challenges impacting transportation and logistics:

  1. T&L companies need to commit to digitizing their core back-end processes.
  2. Containerization is about to be pushed to the next level. 
  3. Companies are demanding greater transparency across their supply base – and that means information management must be standardized and automated.
  4. Manufacturers are demanding that T&L companies help them mitigate the increased risk of longer and more variable supply chains.
  5. The “last mile” is in the process of huge transformation. 
  6. Information-centric transformations open up enormous opportunities for insights driven by analytics.

Interested in finding out more?  Check out my new Tip Sheet, 6 Key Challenges for Transportation and Logistics Companies.

Click to Download '6 Key Information Management Challenges for Transportation & Logistics Companies'


In case you missed my keynote at AIIM17 on the future of content management, check it out...

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Topics: transportation, logistics

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