The end of the year is approaching and one of the small traditions when it comes to changing the calendar is to challenge ourselves. Apart from the most hackneyed, such as promising to return to the gym, at Transgesa, as a logistics operator, we like to reflect on the challenges facing the sector, especially in the national transport of merchandise. That is why we have compiled four challenges for the year that is already beginning to be seen in the distance.
Four challenges for the national transport of merchandise
Society, and as a consequence of them the laws, are becoming more and more demanding when it comes to demanding responsibility with the care of the planet. Logistics activity is intensive in the use of fuels, which is why it is especially relevant in this field. All the advances achieved in the national transport of merchandise – which accounts for 8% of Spanish GDP – are going to translate into a noticeable improvement in our environment due to the volume of the sector.
At the same time, one of the great challenges of national transport is how to combine this growing concern for green policies with the also growing demand for transport, especially in large urban centers and with the rise of electronic commerce.
Find skilled workers
According to this article from La Vanguardia, finding trained workers is “the biggest challenge in logistics.” It is not something exclusive to national transport, since countries like the US are having the same problem, especially in the search for new truck drivers.
Despite the fact that phenomena such as the automation of warehouses or vehicles may lead one to think that people will no longer be necessary in logistics, the article highlights that giants like Amazon, which already have more than 100,000 robots to manage their warehouses, exceed the half a million workers around the world.
This point is very close to that of Green Transport for obvious reasons. The development of alternative fuels and the latest generation is expected to help greatly in reducing the carbon footprint of transport. In this way it will be possible to reduce the reductions of CO2, sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide, etc.
If you ask national transport, the obstacles to a greater use of these fuels are mainly in the autonomy of the vehicles -which does not make them as flexible as the traditional ones- and the scarcity of recharging points in cases such as Liquefied Natural Gas. Today, these represent obstacles in the operations of the companies that slow down the incorporation of these vehicles.
Development of mega-trucks in the national transport of goods
Looking ahead to the year 2020, we can hardly say that mega trucks are a novelty on the roads, since they will have been driving on our roads for years. However, up to now its implementation has been focused mainly on large chargers, reaching other companies more punctually.
Some of the challenges in this regard are adapting more kilometers of road for use and making this type of truck cheaper so that it can be purchased by more companies (and small self-employed workers).