“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.
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:
- 6 Transportation and Logistics Challenges Facing All Companies
- 5 Reasons to Get Serious About the Last Mile Problem