Headaches & Opportunities of the Logistics & Mobility Industry
The pandemic left the international logistics and transport sector baffled. Many global companies are confronted with shortage of supplies or failing operations, often caused by a lack of insight in where and how their suppliers source their parts. As warehousing and delivery services are very labor intensive, tough labor challenges popped up as well. Companies that follow the just-in-time model are even more struggling as Covid-19 jeopardizes their real-time supply-demand, inventories, and delivery speed.
The risks of international complex, interwoven supply chains are now demonstrated in the current crisis. The sector is heavily affected and in need of better risk management and real-time monitoring tools that can ensure transparency and business continuity. Today’s threats are accelerating the adoption of a new generation of operational software and management tools to track the journey of components and allow flexible on-demand warehousing to help inventory intensive companies during periods of ever fluctuating offer and demand.
There are plenty of opportunities for startups to provide real-time monitoring, data dashboards, and forecasting inventory tools to create clarity in the different freight channels and board rooms.
The pandemic has also shaken up the transport of people. Aversion and denied access to mass transportation is pushing people to take the car or seek out other individual means of transport. Since the start of the pandemic, electric bike sales have soared. There has also been an exploding demand for food delivery as consumers self-isolate and bars and restaurants are closed. Consumers are rapidly adopting real time delivery and dominant platforms are closing deals to broaden their offering with essential day-to-day products.
Investors clearly believe in Mobility 2.0, connecting people directly with transportation assets (i.a. e-scooters/bikes, car-shares). For cities, these and other startups are no longer nice-to-haves. Cities are structurally adapting their infrastructure to tackle the changing transportation needs. Successful startups have established strong relationships with different cities. This allows them to research and tackle new transportation challenges linked to booming e-commerce, last-mile deliveries, and shared micro mobility such as the need for stop-and-go parking spots instead of parking spaces for (primarily) passenger cars, or curbside parking for deliveries and ridesharing.
With these shared interests, fueled by data and city infrastructure, smart cities and startups, will enable affordable, convenient and clean transportation.