Only digitizing existing processes will not be enough to prepare companies for the future. Companies must be on their way to a digital transformation.
Optimal use of data for analysis and forecast, planned implementation with regard for employees and collaboration with partners in new business models are important aspects of a digital corporate strategy that involves all processes. This is the only way to make the most out of new technologies and contribute to a growing and sustainable logistics sector.
Climate change is imposing an increasing pressure on our society to join forces and deal more sustainable with the world we live in. For the government, as well as consumers and companies, sustainability is becoming more and more important. The logistics sector, which is prominent in Flanders, will also have to contribute.
Alternative fuels, renewable energy, multimodality, less packaging, sustainable use of materials, the circular economy, … These are all visible trends that must continue and strengthen. The European ‘Green Deal’ is setting the bar high: the goal is ‘zero emission’.
Our sea and airports create employment opportunities, added value and welfare, but their potential to grow and develop, strongly depends on Flanders’ capability to solve its mobility problems. Major infrastructure projects and the continuously rising demand for transport pose additional challenges for the next decade.
Data sharing, collaboration within and across logistics chains, autonomous vehicles and vessels, innovative transfer techniques and hyperloops will contribute to maximum efficiency and optimal use of capacity.
The last mile is one of the biggest logistics challenges. The growing ‘on demand’ economy collides with the rapidly changing society and environment. There is a strong need to find solutions for these last mile complexities, with a focus on better use of space, the development of new management models and operational excellence. New forms of value creation can also provide sustainable last mile solutions.