The logistics industry must embrace technology faster says independent 4PL provider

4PL provider 3T Logistics, and Honda UK came together at a CILT event last week to explain why the logistics industry must accelerate the adoption of technology to manage transport processes more efficiently.

3T Logistics hosted the 'Rise of the Machines' event for transport and purchasing managers at their Leicestershire headquarters on 14th June. Over 20 attendees from the automotive, 3PL and education sectors were present.

At the event, 3T's CEO Steve Twydell gave his views on the culture of the logistics industry and the current problems that the industry is facing with technology. Business Development Manager Steve Holmes then went on to outline 3T's vision for the future of transport management.

They were joined by David Cole of Honda UK Manufacturing who explained to the audience how the company has used transport management systems to reduce transport cost and improve efficiency, moving their manufacturing inbound transport management process in-house.

"The technology that we now have access to is capable of completely transforming the way transport is managed - but in my experience, the industry has been relatively slow to access that technology," comments Steve Twydell.

"We find that organisations are using a variety of systems with a lack of standardisation. Where systems are in place, many lack capacity to manage the sheer complexity of the European transport market. There is so much untapped potential for optimising transport through automation and the application of new technology that the industry simply can't afford to ignore."

Steve Holmes demonstrated how automated systems such as 3T's Solo product can help organisations revolutionise their logistics processes. He also introduced 3T's latest product DOCK, a standalone loading bay management application developed in-house.

"Carriers can be apprehensive of automation, while companies often abdicate responsibility and hand it to a traditional 3PL," adds Steve. "Unfortunately, 3PLs have their own issues and tend to be reactive, finding answers that are specific to each problem rather than looking for ways to apply generic solutions.

"The audience were very impressed when we showed them what Solo.DOCK and INFORM can do and several have requested meetings to find out more about how our technology could help them."

A cloud based app, DOCK can be downloaded and set up to a customer's specific requirements without the need for any intervention from 3T. It helps manage capacity and improve resource management against a live interactive schedule. The application has been designed for use by any size of company, with a transactional fee of £1 per load and a minimum £50 spend per week.

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