The future of transport: self-driving trucks

Posted by Kevin De Meu on 08/11/2018

Companies like Tesla, Otto and Waymo have been working on autonomous trucks for years. In 2015, the first semi-autonomous truck was placed on the road by Mercedes-Benz. Self-driving trucks are expected to become the norm in the near future, but plenty of steps remain to be taken. The use of self-driving trucks could lead to an estimated $300 billion saving within the industry.

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Can the transport sector benefit from Blockchain?

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 30/10/2018

Blockchain is one of today’s hottest technological hypes. While the transport sector may well derive value from this technology, we nonetheless better think twice before we go jumping on the bandwagon. To gain a better insight into the technology’s potential, we outline below the most important success factors and the pitfalls.

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Securing motorway parking areas is cheaper than detours

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 11/10/2018

Given the cost for transport companies attached to the closure of motorway parking areas, you might just as well keep the parking areas open and invest in extra security. Let's have a look at the consequences of the detour that drivers make.

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Your delivery stuck in traffic? Exploit the power of live ETA updates

Posted by Kevin De Meu on 03/10/2018

As a transport or distribution company, you are unfortunately not unfamiliar with the message that a shipment of goods will be delayed. Nonetheless, updates of the ‘Earliest Time of Arrival’ (ETA) also present some opportunities. Knowledge of the latest ETA offers chances to both the customer and the transporter, enabling the latter to design a number of meaningful services.

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Controlled Steps to Excellence

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 06/09/2018

Profit margins of 1% or operating at break-even are no exception in today's transport sector. Lowering these margins to offer lower rates is no longer an option. Change is needed and transport businesses are forced to explore new approaches for long term profitability. These improvements can range from low-hanging-fruit to reorganizations of entire businesses. When it comes to the latter, the need for change is evident but coming up with the right plan of attack is tricky. How to minimize the risks? How to get everyone aligned? How to quickly reap the benefits?

For many reasons, sometimes less obvious ones, we fancy the step-by-step approach, starting small. Let's highlight some of them.

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Multi-modal transport software generates strategic advantages

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 02/08/2018

Customer requirements are evolving: the ecological footprint is a vital factor and cost decreases resulting from loosening restrictions can be an eye-opener. Turning this shift of focus into an opportunity forces transporters to examine alternative ways of transport when they want to stay ahead of competition on long distance orders.

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6 tips to successfully implement transport planning software

Posted by Jan Hanselaer on 29/03/2018

Successful businesses constantly work on staying ahead of the competition. Continuous innovation is simply part of the game. For business that have a substantial transport need this means, among other things, investing in quality transport optimization software. Investing is more than just putting money on the table. It includes making the right preparations for a fluent implementation to fully reap the benefits. Enterprises who innovate continuously gather experience and know the frequently occurring challenges. In this post, we point out 6 hurdles that come with a new software implementation project and how they can be overcome.

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What if you do not invest in transport planning software?

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 06/03/2018

Today, some transporters manage to survive without the use of a route planning application. Plenty of arguments have been presented supporting the immediate use of decent software. But let's look ahead and focus on factors that will keep evolving and will become even more important. You might be successful right now but staying ahead of competition is essential for future success, keeping up with competition is not. What are the risks if you do not invest in transport planning tools?

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Optimizing E-commerce: Competitor Cooperation

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 22/02/2018

 

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Transport Tendering Troubles

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 25/01/2018

For many shipping-agents, applying for a tender is almost a natural reflex. Sure, you’ll never want to let a big deal slip through your fingers, but please be careful. Without the right information, the added value of a long-term commitment is difficult to predict. If there is any added value at all…

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