Looking Beyond Last Mile for Supply Chain Digitization
Global freight transportation revenues are expected to reach US$2.5 trillion by 2023 with Freight as a Service’s (FaaS) 5-year CAGR rising by 40%, from US$102 billion this year to US$512 billion in 2023. The entire supply chain must be digitized, connected, transparent, and secure to enable promised efficiencies and flexibility. Continued rapid expansion of e-commerce will depend on end to end, real-time optimized services. Road-based transport from long haul to last mile have received the most attention with a plethora of telematics solutions and regulations, along with rising interest in air cargo. Rail and maritime, however, lag well behind and are critical to successful intermodal models. Yet service providers tend to approach logistics from one end of the supply chain, with fewer expertly spanning across modes. Additionally, warehouses and distribution centers are urgently searching for optimized intermodal centers with adequate space and opportunities for automation to support e-commerce. One such example is the planned purchase of DCT Industrial by global leader Prologis for US$8.4 billion, which will offer expansion in California and New York.
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