How digitization is changing the transport industry

How digitization is changing the transport industry


The logistics industry keeps the world running. In Europe alone, the market for transport journeys on the road is estimated at 300 billion euros – with a rising trend. However, the transport industry has barely changed, despite the rapid spread of the Internet in the past ten years. Manual organization and personal arrangements, instead of technology and linkage are still industry standard.

Why and how the logistics industry is now digitised

With the growth of the world economy, the requirement of the underlying logistics industry is also on the rise. The complexity of the entire supply chain has prevented a further standardization until now. The organization is still carried out manually by email, phone or fax. However, the software coupled with personal expertise has the potential and the possibility of breaking-up existing structures and processes in order to guarantee price transparency, quality and speed:

  1. Integration of warehouse and logistics-IT: order and coordination procedures are performed by API interfaces or online. The elimination of bureaucratic tasks creates resources in warehouse and logistics.
  2. Optimized transport planning: traffic, weather and road conditions lead to strong deviations of the travel times. Proactive involvement of all the data allows forecasts with minute-by-minute precision and continuously updated routes with playback to the destination.
  3. Quote comparison: Instant recall of different offers creates transparency in price and quality. The time-consuming search for alternatives in the case of in-house freight forwarder having run out of capacity, is abolished.
  4. Access to strong freight forwarding partners: each day brings new tasks that have different requirements for vehicle size, equipment and driver. The direct connection to an extensive freight forwarding network guarantees the right partner in every situation.
  5. Data-driven process optimization: With every travel, hundreds of data points arise. The systematic collection and analysis of this wealth of information, reduces downtime, empty runs, and overproduction.

Investors and established logistics companies have recognized the opportunity of digitization

According to CB Insights, more than 8.4 billion U.S. Dollars has been invested since 2012, in companies located in the logistics-tech sector. By the famous accelerator RocketSpace from Silicon Valley, who has already put fourth Uber and Spotify, a logistics offshoot was founded in 2016 – in which sennder is involved!

sennder is shaping the future of logistics

We at sennder have set ourselves the task to link the many puzzle pieces along the transport chain and end the lack of transparency in quality and price. This requires software expertise, logistics know-how and a lot of long nights. However, this gives our colleagues the chance to actively shape the changes in one of the last industries that remain untouched by the internet.

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