Jan 27, 2021 15:58 PM

The incorporation of systems and technologies in motor transport does not automatically translate into digitization, that corresponds to the technologization, to achieve the first, an agile process of adaptation to the market and innovation in real solutions must be motivated.
Achieving this is not only part of the professionalization process of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of motor transport, it also requires interaction between organizations that represent the transport sector and the government, as well as multilateral organizations, access to financing and co-responsibility with all actors in the supply chain.
The above were the conclusions of the Logistics Business Dialogue, which was entitled: The challenge of digitization in transport; formulas to access IT.
"For 30 years the digital revolution has been taking place, and where the orientation is to ensure that the systems contribute to the profitability of companies that are pressured by lower margins," said Martín Rojas, Senior Adviser for the Americas of the International Road Union Transport (IRU).
From the manager's perspective, the availability of technologies such as GPS (satellite trackers) and other telemetry solutions have caused companies to have a large amount of data, the challenge is precisely in knowing what to do with that information and how to take care of it.
A substantial factor for MSMEs to access digitization is financing, “it must be achieved that not only motor or fleet equipment is financed, but Information Technology (ICT), which for now continues to be an underserved sector ”, Stated Refugio Muñoz, executive vice president of the National Chamber of Freight Transportation (Canacar).
Co-responsibility is another element that Refugio Muñoz focused on, where the immersion in digitization should not only be the responsibility of the motor transport, but of the rest of the participants in the supply chain.
Enrique Beltrán, president of the Institute for Prevention and Safety in Transport (IPRESET) highlighted the fact that comprehensive communication is lacking, which is why various components have to be used, which makes the homologation of information.
One scenario by which greater digitalization in logistics is wanted is the Transport Innovation Week (TIW), of which Beltrán is president of the organizing committee and shared that the objective is to promote projects and link them with the ecosystem that requires these solutions, "It's not just about innovators presenting ideas," he said.
Meanwhile, Juan Pablo Pacheco, secretary of the Mexican Association of Freight Agents (Amacarga) explained that currently added value is generated from the generation of information and that can be achieved through digitization.
In the proposed scenario, the participants emphasized how MSMEs that are key in the business composition and therefore the digitization process with them has to be accelerated, because even in international agreements such as the Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada ( T-MEC) there are chapters expressly for its development.

Source: T21

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