Madrid, 6th February 2019.- Ontruck, the Spanish regional road goods transport agency, has taken a new step forward in its international expansion strategy by launching operations in France. The company, who this year celebrates its third anniversary, has opened offices in Paris to provide their innovative short-distance transport solutions across the Île-de-France region. As a central hub for infrastructure surrounded by areas of major production and consumption, Paris will serve as Ontruck’s gateway into the French regional freight market.
Traceability is a vital, though currently under-leveraged, part of transportation operations. At the moment, most medium-to-large companies whose core business and/or client relationships rely on road freight transportation operations dedicate significant amounts of time and resources to tracking and tracing shipments manually. This, in turn, also means dealing with issues caused by lack of visibility over the status of shipments. Indeed, more than 90% of short-haul shipment operators do not yet have the technological capabilities to provide real-time traceability or, in turn, digitalise proof of delivery (POD). This is partly because the transportation supply chain is composed of many different actors, meaning that first and last mile road freight transportation providers are very fragmented. This understandably renders the consistent tracking of shipments across the entire supply chain very difficult.
Logistics Operators, sometimes referred to as Logistics Providers, are key players in trade activities at a national and international level. As a result, they contribute a lot to the business success of companies engaged in this trade, especially in terms of helping them gain a competitive advantage. Logistics Operators come in many different forms and take different names, but they all have the same objective: to assist companies working in the transportation, storage, shipment and distribution of goods from seller to buyer.
In 2017, the global freight forwarding market grew by 8%, the largest annual increase since 2010. Last year also saw revenues of the global logistics industry reach $4.8trn (€4.23trn). BIFA, the association for FFWs in the UK reported that the global freight forwarding market achieved growth of 4.9% in the first half of 2018, with air freight forwarding expanding 5.3% and sea freight forwarding growing 4.3%. As the ‘middle-man’ in the shipping process, Freight Forwarders (FFWs) are at the very heart of an industry that, quite literally, keeps the world economy afloat.
Capgemini and Transporeon have suggested that logistics costs are rising. This has been driven by a scarcity of drivers coupled with a lack of available transparent information to support accurate planning by shippers. In addition, the so-called ‘Amazon effect’ which has raised customer expectations within the B2C realm in recent years is now increasingly impacting B2B industries too. Just as customers expect low-cost, high-speed delivery, today’s business clients simply won’t accept delays or cancellations to their shipments. Therefore, modern companies are facing increasing pressure to find new ways to implement efficient, flexible logistics planning that meets the changing customer expectations of our digital world.
At work and at home we see ourselves having to accept habits or customs that we don’t particularly like, yet we end up accepting them as the norm. We could say that pickups and delivery times in goods transportation fall within these customs. It seems that we are obliged to accept a lack of punctuality. However, we have stopped to think about the following: how is it affecting our company? What are the solutions for these drawbacks?
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