A holistic view of logistic flows

A holistic view of logistic flows

Moving freight over short and long distances is vital to the progress of modern societies. Globalised production and consumption patterns and the rise of e-commerce mean the demand for goods transport keeps rising. The challenge is to manage this while cutting emissions and inefficiencies; in other words, to change the game of transport.

Logistics has become an ever-growing ecosystem that involves carriers, freight forwarders, distribution centres and warehouses. Transport is multimodal – by road, rail, sea and air. All of this makes for complex, unpredictable logistic flows. It is clear that there is major scope for eliminating waste in the value chain. For example, a standard European longhaulage truck can fill 26 tonnes of goods, but in Europe today trucks travel with average loads of just 14 tonnes. Another example is when trucks make multiple trips, where just one in a longer truck configuration would do. Eliminating such ineffeciencies would have major effects on CO2 emissions. In an industry of low margins and fierce competition, transport companies value cost efficiency and reliability above all. They want to avoid unplanned stoppages and waiting times, all of which increase operating costs. They want high filling rates if they are paid by m2 or tonnes.

In addition, today’s transport operators also need to be sustainable, because their customers and end-consumers demand it. That means being more energy-efficient, cutting CO2 emissions, and being safer and smarter in their work.

Scania’s approach

Scania takes a holistic view of logistic flows. By listening closely to our customers – transport companies and buyers of transport services – we tailor solutions for vehicles and services that improve our customers’ profitability.

Using the data from our network of connected vehicles allows Scania to optimise whole transport flows, not just the logistical flow of different industries. Digitalisation means wireless technologies for convoy driving to minimise air drag, reduce fuel consumption and optimise the logistical flow, or on-board units that can monitor the way a vehicle is being driven so that drivers can be coached to drive in a safer and more fuel-efficient manner.

Waiting time during maintenance, a common issue for transport companies, is also being addressed in a smart way. Connected vehicles signal to Scania workshops when it is time to come in for a service, and even what part is needed, thereby maximising the amount of time the transport operator’s vehicle is in use.

Scania believes alternative fuels such as HVO, biodiesel or bioethanol are another key way to tackle the problem of CO2 emissions. Today, Scania has the broadest range of alternative fuel enabled vehicles on the market.