Digitalization and sustainability: these are the two factors, recognized by the entire segment, around which the future of the logistics market will revolve. A sector, that of road freight transport, which in the second quarter of 2022 is confirmed in clear recovery, according to the data of the quarterly Report Observatory on mobility trends prepared by the Technical Mission Structure (Stm) of the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility (Mims).
The data, in fact, record a growth of +7% compared to 2019 (last pre-pandemic year), with an acceleration of +3% on the motorway network and +6% on the Anas network.
The goal, however, looking beyond the growth of numbers, is always to optimize the service, making transport faster, punctual, safer and with an ever-decreasing impact on the environment, up to total neutrality.
The way forward to improve performance in this sense is, in fact, digitalization.
Technology and digitalization: what are the advantages?
The logistics and freight transport sector has always proved to be among the most receptive in terms of digitalization, adopting new technologies and integrating them into its processes to improve efficiency, thus reducing costs and emissions while increasing the quality of the service offered.
Among the many innovations introduced there is certainly a greater use of automation, which allows you to delegate to the robotic technology of which the work equipment is equipped some of the activities most typically in the hands of physical operators, thus increasing precision, speed and safety. But also the adoption of satellite systems able to guarantee constant monitoring of transport missions and record data useful for planning interventions in terms of optimizing travel times, even in real time.
The technology, then, has produced a leap forward also in terms of the correct conservation of the goods transported, thanks to the development of new sensor systems integrated with the trailers that guarantee constant temperature control.
The result of technological development are also LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) vehicles that guarantee a substantial reduction in NOx (up to 90% less) and CO2 (-95%) emissions.
In essence, companies in the sector are called to invest more and more in terms of digitalization and environmental sustainability, to manage increasingly complex networks, reduce the heavy weight of costs and price increases and respond to an increasingly demanding market demand.