“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 integrate the physical and virtual worlds better.
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 improve 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.
About John Mancini
John Mancini is the President of Content Results, LLC and the Past President of AIIM. He is a well-known author, speaker, and advisor on information management, digital transformation and intelligent automation. John is a frequent keynote speaker and author of more than 30 eBooks on a variety of topics. He can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook as jmancini77.
Recent keynote topics include:
The Stairway to Digital Transformation
Navigating Disruptive Waters — 4 Things You Need to Know to Build Your Digital Transformation Strategy
Getting Ahead of the Digital Transformation Curve
Viewing Information Management Through a New Lens
Digital Disruption: 6 Strategies to Avoid Being “Blockbustered”
Keynote speaker and writer on AI, RPA, intelligent Information Management, Intelligent Automation and Digital Transformation.
Consensus-building with Boards to create strategic focus, action, and accountability.
Extensive public speaking and public relations work
Conversant and experienced in major technology issues and trends.
Expert on inbound and content marketing, particularly in an association environment and on the Hubspot platform.
John is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary, and holds an M.A. in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.