Our purposes and the reasons we exist and behave as we do

The Planet we are living in, OUR house, is struggling…

The economic and societal models we have been building and living in the past two centuries have largely demonstrated to be, in the longer run, not sustainable anymore if we want to hand-over a livable house to the generations to come, which is our undebatable duty.

If not deeply changed from the basis, NOW, such economic and societal models will drive ourselves towards extinction, several communities recognize without fear of being proven wrong, based on the thousands of scientific evidences in the hands of all of us nowadays.

All of us, in our daily private as well as professional lives, are being called to undertake immediate actions to contribute steering back on track our lives models and consequent footprints.

Logistics is considered a growing contributor to global climate change. According to the International Transport Forum (ITF), freight transport accounts for about 39% of transport CO2 emissions and around 8% of CO2 emissions worldwide. It is also a major contributor to air pollution. Road constitutes 62% (50% non-urban, 12% urban) of emissions, while sea contributes 27%, air 6%, rail 3% and inland waterways 2%. In Europe, freight constitutes 6% of total CO2 emissions and 30% of transport CO2 emissions.

As it stands, the total emissions from transport need to be almost fully decarbonized by 2050 compared to the 2015 levels if we are to meet the climate ambitions set out in the Paris Agreement, which came into force in 2016. However, the real challenge facing us is that demand for freight transport is predicted to triple and associated CO2 emissions to more than double over the same period, according to the ITF.

The United Nations Member States adopted, in 2015, the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, with the aim to provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At the heart of the Agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all Countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.

In the last four decades, namely after the 3rd Industrial Revolution (Automation & Internet) and mainly with the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution (a fusion of advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing, Blockchain and several other technologies), our businesses are all, more and more, under extreme pressure: depth and speed of development and deployment of the new technologies requires continuous and increased efforts for adaptation, efficiency and effectiveness (s.c. resilience and agility).

The capability of understanding of and adapting to such depth and speed are already making the difference between, lead, survive or perish

Logistic Chain or, if we prefer, the Logistic Ecosystem, does not make exception to such: its efficiency is by and large dependent on business intelligence, analytics and data related.

Because the Logistic Ecosystem has been developing, since its beginning, as an uncoordinated ensemble of “autonomous silos”, still to date dialogue between and interfacing of the various stakeholders, assets and systems is complex, costly and risky. The autonomous silos operating today have been ideated and designed at high costs, and as closed, stand-alone systems.

As for any other industry, the rapid advances in the technologies being introduced by the 4th Industrial Revolution has created new constraints and new possibilities for the Logistic Ecosystem, that could aim to improve the processes safety, security, efficiency, effectiveness and, at last, sustainability, by connecting all stakeholders, assets and systems in real time, thus enabling seamless data exchanges among them.