Great advantages to be made from deploying digitalized data management within the logistics chain

Date: 07, November 2014
The transport and logistics industry is at a stage where advantages can be made by adjusting to new modes of handling digital information and make use of it in managing the logistics chain. NLA participated at the Freight Forwarders Forum 2014 the 6th of November in The World Customs headquarter in Brussels, where this was a particularly central theme.

A number of presentations from different speakers from industry and authorities seemed to agree on a number of main issues. Transparency and convertible data information are keywords. This relates to the intermodal nature of modern logistic chains where shifts between transport-modes should be as seamless and efficient as possible. This makes communication through interacting software systems and compatible data essential. It was also emphasised that the data also has other functions: It can be stored and seen as an important strategic asset for the company, and more importantly serve as an important shared asset for the logistic chain as a whole. Future planning and managing of say efficient route choices or flexible adjustment to the market of e –commerce, demands experience based data material. Horizontal and vertical trust information/data is predicted to boost opportunities, creating a greater market for each actor, as well as having a positive effect on the environment.

It was pointed out that the European single market is the perfect test ground for such measures to be further developed, mainly due to more or less free flow of goods amongst member states. The representative from the European Commission, Ms Astrid Schlewing stated that the Commission could be a facilitator of such trust based cooperation and standardization of the variety of systems, although the responsibility should stay within the industry.