By Luca Persia, Director of the Research Center Transport and Logistics, UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA – LA SAPIENZA
The Covid-19 emergency has highlighted the world of logisticsand freight transport. Companies have never stopped to contribute to guaranteeing the very survival of the Country and delivering basic goods (medical products and food products), despite growing difficulties. The essential role of trucking has emerged and now the sector needs to make a modernization effort to face the future, which seems to be complex and challenging. Despite all difficulties, road transport is still the most important in our Country – both for collection and distribution phases. Road traffic, the lower number of drivers and environmental problems should push towards intermodal transport for medium – long distances. Nevertheless, such processes are still hard to put into practice due to customers’ requests, shipments divisions and increasingly lower rates to stay competitive. The full fleet management solutions market is expected to grow from a $13 billion value in 2017 to $28 billion by 2022, with a double-digit growth rate around 16%. Real time tracking, geolocation, route optimization, goods safety; these are the keys to improve operational efficiency and maximize your business. Technological processes must be accurate to ensure the efficiency of all operations and the outcome of the shipment. The risk is to face economic loss, or losing the customer. To overcome this inconvenience, Viasat Fleet offers its customers the very best of telematics. Runtracker 6.0 and Viasat BluTrack are the most representative examples of our products.