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Digitization and Autonomous Driving to Halve Logistics Costs by 2030, finds PwC Study

The Global Truck Study 2018 study by PwC’s Strategy& indicates that By 2030, trucking and logistics will be an ecosystem of autonomous vehicles directed by a digitized supply chain, combining driverless, cabless trucks and delivery hubs staffed by robots.

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As the official notification for Brexit gets closer, there are many unknowns for businesses in terms of how changes may affect them as well as many impacts that are becoming clearer.

The Global Truck Study 2018 study by PwC’s Strategy& indicates that By 2030, trucking and logistics will be an ecosystem of autonomous vehicles directed by a digitized supply chain, combining driverless, cabless trucks and delivery hubs staffed by robots.

In this study we examine the changes to the supply chain that will result from various innovations, how will companies and customers save time and money. and how the switch to autonomous vehicles and other elements will affect the business models of today’s stakeholders.

President Trump’s executive order to speed the approval of drone flights over crowds and for longer distances has prompted the Department of Transportation to officially launch a pilot program that will allow states to test new types of drone operations, including package deliveries.

Around the world, drones equipped with cameras and sensors are providing companies with clearer, more comprehensive views of their businesses, and the opportunities and threats that surround them.

In this PwC 2017 Holiday Outlook you will find out when and where consumers will shop, what drives their purchasing decisions and how retailers are preparing for the season.

Almost 90% of consumers are shopping in store this holiday and most of them will combine the best of both in-store and online shopping based on what they’re buying and for whom, according to PwC's 2017 Holiday Outlook report.

Budweiser producer Anheuser-Busch will use Convoy's tech-enabled network to transport truckloads from its facilities, the partnership will improve shipping operations while enhancing lives of America’s drivers.

Predictive maintenance, operational and supply chain improvement, and enhanced customer experiences top the list of objectives driving nearly universal interest in the Industrial Internet of Things.

Tesla's forthcoming long-haul, electric semi-truck will offer a self-driving mode and move in "platoons" that automatically follow a lead vehicle, Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles are in discussions to begin testing a prototype.

The promise of connected trucks combined with the digital supply chain is huge, but so are the risks for those players that don’t move now to begin building the capabilities and business models needed to win in this new world.

Uber Freight, and other similar freight services, really has the potential to serve as a true disruptive influence sector in the world of truckload brokerage, creating a ripple effect of sorts.

Investment in trucking startups reached a record high in 2016, with 55 deals worth over $750M in aggregate, and deal sizes are up and total funding is on track to surpass 2016.

As the transportation and logistics industry morphs, traditional rivals will no longer be the sole or even the most threatening competition, incumbents must adapt to keep up with their customers.

Uber has fired the head of its self-driving vehicle unit, Anthony Levandowski, amid the continuing fallout from the engineer’s alleged theft of trade secrets from his former employer, Google.