It is inexplicable that the ‘empty mile’ issue is not solved
The transportation and logistics industry faces inefficiencies due to "empty miles" - the distance a freight truck travels with no cargo - accounting for nearly 20% of road freight transport in Europe in 2020. Carriers are attempting to improve network planning, but some shipments are one-way only, leaving trucks to return empty. The solution could be a digital public infrastructure (DPI) similar to India's Unified Logistics Interface Platform, which could identify transport vehicles returning unladen and match them with consignors looking to transport their goods. Private companies are already addressing this issue, but a population-scale DPI accessible through open protocols could solve the problem.
We are today just a click away from anything we want. Entire ecosystems have been built to get us the things we want in the shortest possible time and at the lowest cost. As a result, we have seen a rapid proliferation of warehouses, optimally located to ensure that fast-moving products reach their intended recipients as quickly as possible. As well as massive global sourcing enterprises that are constantly on the look-out for sellers who stock products as diverse as desk ornaments and the desks on which they sit.