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Four trends that determine the future of logistics

Four trends that determine the future of logistics

Düsseldorf, Germany: The logistics trends predicted for 2016 are now more tangible, says Daniel Mahnken atTimoCom.

Writing on the IAA 2015 website he says the development of Logistics 4.0 is creating huge changes within companies.

TimoCom, an IT service provider for the transport industry, is convinced that automation, networking and digitising will become more and more important within the industry.

Mobile data communication 

Mobile data communication and mobile use of the internet, anywhere and at any time, are no longer confined to the private sphere. For the transport industry, in particular, speed, mobility and flexibility are incredibly important. Users should be able to enter into transport deals securely while on the move. These days, users simply assume that they will have the option of accessing their applications on different devices with no loss of information – that is, with synchronisation.

Smart interfaces 

There is no transport industry without IT. Almost every freight forwarder works with disposition software and one or more freight exchanges. Europe’s largest transport platform, TimoCom, combines both systems with the TC Connect interface, which was introduced 10 years ago.

Thanks to this interface, there is no need to manually transfer data on available freight or vehicles from company transport management systems into the transport exchange. In addition to this time saving measure, the transport company gains more insight into their own activities thanks to data bundling. Productivity is thus easier to measure and can be optimised.

Transparency by tracking

The need for and use of telematics systems in goods transportation is growing, under the motto ‘Trust is good, transparency is better’. Customers want real-time information regarding the location of their goods. Not to mention that telematics helps transport companies to plan the use of their resources better.

To ensure that dispatchers, among others, maintain an overview despite using a variety of telematics systems, Europe’s largest transport platform, TimoCom, has connected tracking systems and the transport exchange. A provider-independent tracking platform provides interfaces to all common European telematics systems.

Digital data exchange and data security

Sending, downloading and uploading data and documents to the cloud, via data transfer, email or public messaging services is becoming more and more common in the professional world. In other words: In the future, anything that can be digitised, will become digitised – there is just no stopping the transformation. In general, digitising significantly improves your ability to compete on the market.

Information flow between all participants is optimised, while at the same time, work processes are done faster and more transparent. However, there is a discrepancy between perceived and actual safety, as well as knowledge of what exactly happens to the data.

This is why companies require a digital strategy for handling their data. This ensures that users and providers will continue to encourage and achieve responsible handling of electronic data in the future.