Transport sector in the post COVID-19 recovery

The Netherlands has finally started to reopen after the intelligent lockdown, businesses are calculating the loss and trying to find their ways to adapt to the new way of living. Latest researches show that the transport sector has been hit hard by the crisis, and the recovery time remains uncertain. According to the research commissioned by the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM), road, rail and inland shipping will experience a decrease of 5-10% in 2020.


However, not everything is as bad as it sounds. Even though the industry is experiencing the loss, the future sounds promising. Many retailers are focusing on e-commerce and are planning to invest millions over the coming years, to expand online shopping platforms, which will bring more shipments for carriers.


Furthermore, according to the survey conducted by Shipping and Freight Resource, 67.6% of respondents indicated that they will invest in technology because their operations were significantly affected during the COVID-19 crisis. The new technology and optimised operations will result in a better occupancy of carriers’ loading capacity, which will help to reduce empty kilometres, save time and money.


It is also important to know that sustainability will be one of the core goals of every supply chain enterprise. As one of most unexpected consequences from the crisis has been on the environment, with the sudden drop in carbon emissions, companies and government started the implementation of new sustainable processes to prevent the CO2 emissions from going back to its old levels.


Logistics companies are already asking for sustainable courier services rather than traditional ones.



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