Brexit & Beyond – What’s in Store for the UK Trucking Industry?

It’s been over a year since the British public voted to exit the European Union. The Brexit negotiations have started and every business up and down the country is discussing the effects and risks. The road transportation sector is no exception.
 
The Department of Transport reports that from June 2015 to June 2016 UK HGVs lifted a total of 7.8 million tonnes of goods. Of them 3.8 million tonnes were exports and 3.9 million tonnes were imports to or from the UK. Not only are the international freight numbers impressive, the UK road haulage industry employs around 290,000 peopleThe British road transport sector is a vital part of the economy not only in terms of GDP and employment, but also in providing goods to consumers. So how could Brexit affect the road haulage sector?

The Good

Where there’s change, there’s opportunity. Although trade with the EU27 will likely undergo a period of volatility, the current government is fostering ties with markets outside of the EU. New bilateral trade agreements could increase trade with the US, Australia, India and New Zealand.
 
Additionally, there is a potential that regulations agreed in the past would be re-visited once the UK has exited the EU. This new autonomy could mean that the industry bodies could have more influence in UK legislation than in the past.

The Bad

If the UK will leave the free market, new tariffs and customs taxes could affect international trade with Europe: “In land transport, 99% of international road freight for the UK is to and from the other EU27 nations. As a result, any new tariffs and concurrent trade slowdown could present significant risks to both sea and land transport operations.” (Source)
 
Leaving the EU would mean there would be new laws affecting the UK from the outside. What would that mean in practice? For example: Longer procedures on borders causing delays, UK supply chain companies having a disadvantage compared to their EU rivals when it comes to European trade, etc.
 
The transportation sector does not exist in a vacuum and macroeconomic developments affect it. The Brexit decision has weakened the pound, increased inflation and dampened consumer confidence. The cost of imports has increased, consumers have shut their wallets and companies invest less due to the economic uncertainty. These developments could have a negative knock-on effect on the transport industry. UK trucking companies will be less likely to invest in long-term projects in times of unpredictability. Less trade with EU member states means less jobs for UK supply chain providers, and so on.

The Ugly

The main point of contention when it comes to Brexit and the UK trucking industry, is the potential driver shortage due to stricter immigration policies: “The hardest hit of all the transportation sectors would be trucking, where an acute shortage of UK drivers is being worsened by the prospects of an ageing workforce. Trucking relies heavily on drivers from the EU; truck owners are simply not able to recruit enough British drivers to keep pace with demand. Of the 290,000 drivers of heavy goods vehicles in the UK, approximately 60,000 are from the EU. Any reduction of the sector’s recruitment options will compromise its ability to serve the economy. Any reduction in supply will raise trucking costs for manufacturers.” (Source)
 
How do you think Brexit will change the UK trucking industry? Do you see any effects already? Let us know on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.
Resources:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/582896/road-freight-stats-july-2015-to-june-2016.pdf
http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7633/CBP-7633.pdf
https://www.willis.com/Documents/Publications/Services/International/2017/Brexit%20impact%20on%20transportation%20industry%20report.pdf
http://www.axa.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Newsroom/Media_Resources/Reports_and_Publications/PDF_files/The%20Future%20of%20Driverless%20Haulage(1).pdf
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/489894/tsgb-2015.pdf

ALK Technologies Debuts New CoPilot Truck GPS Version 10 for iOS

Includes key truck-specific data improvements and enhanced driver safety elements

Princeton, NJ– June 22, 2017 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in transportation technology and mobility solutions, today announced the latest release of its CoPilot® Truck GPS mobile navigation app for iOS. Version 10 brings truck drivers improved industry standard offline truck navigation and commercial vehicle route planning powered by PC*MILER® routing, mileage and mapping software to iOS users, allowing them to follow optimal routes based on vehicle size and load.

“Our goal is to provide solutions that make truck drivers’ day-to-day lives easier, safer and ultimately more profitable,” said Bill Nimchuk, senior product manager, ALK Technologies. “CoPilot Truck GPS enables drivers to avoid unnecessary expenses such as fines and the resultant hit to their CSA score, which can have a negative effect on their overall business and income.”

Truck drivers can hit the road with confidence, knowing that CoPilot Truck GPS provides them with:

Enhanced Driver Safety
Driver distraction has remained a huge concern as evidenced by the 2016 report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) as one of 10 critical issues in the trucking industry. This research helped ALK focus on a redesigned safety view that provides drivers only the information they need while driving. This includes information such as next turn, ETA, speed limits, distance and any approaching delays.

Simplified Interface and Menus
CoPilot Truck’s user interface has been completely redesigned to put the tools drivers need on the road a tap away. UI elements are now larger for easier tapping.  The landscape view is also redesigned to show more of the map.

Powerful Pre-Trip Route Planning Powered by PC*MILER
CoPilot Truck GPS provides industry standard PC*MILER routing to help drivers stay safe and compliant with pre-trip planning. They also can obtain an accurate estimated time of arrival (ETA) with real-time traffic speeds and any potential delays along their route. Additionally, drivers can resequence stops for optimal route planning to make the most complex itineraries simple and help improve productivity.

Essential Truck-specific Map Data Improvements
-Updated Truck Routes in several hundred cities
-Updated Weight limits across all states

-Hundreds of new truck stops and distribution centers have been added
-Thousands of zip code locations were updated

For full details about CoPilot Truck GPS Version 10, visit: www.copilotgps.com/truck.

Availability
CoPilot Truck GPS Version 10 is available now for download from iTunes.

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About ALK Technologies
ALK Technologies is a transportation technology company dedicated to defining the optimal route to success through innovative routing, mileage, mapping and mobile navigation solutions. From trusted industry standard data to seamless integration, ALK solutions are developed for a broad range of industries, workforces, or everyday drivers on the road. For over 35 years, its suite of powerful solutions, including PC*MILER, CoPilot, and ALK Maps, have set the foundation for safe and efficient journeys worldwide – one mile, one driver, one vehicle at a time. ALK is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division, visit: www.alk.com.

Goodbye Roaming Charges, Hello Europe!

Good news for all Europeans: From mid June onwards, roaming charges for certain mobile plans in the European Union have been dropped. That means there’s a good chance you can now travel across Europe and use your data without worrying about extra charges. Say goodbye to surprise bills from your mobile provider at the end of the month when completing a delivery through several countries.

And the best part for CoPilot Professional and CoPilot Truck users?

  1. You will now be able to use ActiveTraffic when driving abroad without paying a hefty bill at the end of the month if you have a good mobile plan.
  2. You can still take advantage of CoPilot’s offline capability if you’re driving in areas with low data coverage. Say goodbye to interrupted service when crossing borders.
  3. If you have a monthly cap on your data usage, you can still use CoPilot’s offline maps to minimise data usage. Especially if you’re a fleet manager, this will keep costs down across the board.

So check in with your mobile provider and see how your data plan abroad has changed regarding your international shifts!

PS: If you are in the US or other places around the world, roaming charges will likely still apply. So make sure to turn off your data roaming if you want to avoid hefty bills.

Join Us at the Transport & Logistic Trade Show – Munich, Germany

The Transport & Logistic show will kick off in two weeks in Munich, Germany. It is the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management.

Are you ready? We are!

Our German team and German-speaking London-based colleagues will be at the event from May 9-12 to tell you more about ALK. Pop in to our booth in Hall 2, Stand 233 for a live demo of our CoPilot Truck, Advanced Route Optimization, and ALK Maps solutions, and to learn more about how to integrate ALK to your own applications.

Don’t forget to get your visitor pass for the trade show and come meet us to learn more about ALK Maps and CoPilot Truck:

http://www.transportlogistic.de/trade-fair/visitors/purchase-ticket/index.html

 

In the meantime, find out more about CoPilot Truck and ALK Maps here.

The Trade Show Season Begins in Europe

 

Last week was a busy one for our European team with two events happening in France and Germany: SITL Paris and LogiMAT (Stuttgart).

SITL Paris (International Week of Transport and Logistics) is the largest international exhibition of transport and logistic. It brings together all the innovative products and services dedicated to the transport of goods, freight forwarding and the logistics chain. This year, we demonstrated our products and solutions together with our partners Zebra Technologies and Rayonnance.

Our French colleagues worked hard to strengthen our relationships with partners and clients, throughout the entire week and further develop our business on the French market.

                

 

LogiMAT, the International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling and Information Flow, was on at the same time in Stuttgart, Germany.

​We had a wonderful opportunity to join forces with our partners Scansource and Honeywell to sponsor a networking dinner​. ​Many of our German partners were present, which gave us a chance to catch up with everyone and see how we could move forward together.

        

The entire ALK team is very happy with what we achieved last week in Europe and is looking forward to taking part in the upcoming trade shows and partner events!

Compliance Counts – How CoPilot Truck Keeps Fleets Ahead of the Curve

Adhering to ever changing regulations can prove to be a headache for any driver manager or driver. Staying complaint on the road isn’t a goal anymore, it’s a necessity. By incorporating truck-specific navigation into your fleet, ensure that the regulations needed to stay compliant on the road are factored into your route from the beginning.

Help keep your drivers compliant on the road ahead:

  • Detour function quickly identifies an alternate safe truck-legal route
  • Posted speed limit display, plus audio and visual alerts, notify a driver when they’ve been speeding
  • Safely maneuver between lane changes with real road signage and lane assist guidance
  • Save multiple pre-defined and custom truck routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance to regulations

 

For information on how to keep your drivers compliant visit copilottruck.com.

 

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Protecting the Driver & Others on the Road – How CoPilot Truck Puts Safety First

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Safety is one of the top concerns for any fleet – knowing that how safe a driver is on the road impacts far beyond the road itself. Minimizing driver distraction and interaction with technology in the cab is a huge piece of the puzzle.  By using a navigation software that is specifically designed for guiding trucks, drivers can stay safe each trip and every mile.  

With CoPilot Truck, keep your drivers safe above all else:

  • Reliable, and accurate industry standard PC*MILER routing
  • Familiar, driver-friendly designed UI featuring visual and audio guidance
  • Voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names from origin to destination
  • Clear, non-distracting 3D and 2D map views and a Driver Safety View for at-a-glance instructions
  • Motion Lock control to prevent a driver from making changes while the cab is in motion
  • Advance notice of upcoming lane changes with lane assist guidance

For information on how you can ensure safety for your fleet visit copilottruck.com

 

 

ALK Technologies Partners with Delta Valley Ag to Provide Routing, Navigation and Map Visualization for Agribusiness Applications

Integration provides a complete mobile solution that improves logistics and operations for farmers, shippers and drivers

Princeton, N.J. – November 7, 2016 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced that Delta Valley Ag LLC has incorporated ALK’s routing, mileage, mapping and navigation solutions into its AgLoads™ mobile application. Delta Valley Ag provides agriculture industry professionals with innovative solutions to simplify the workday of agribusinesses and farmers with easy-to-use technology.

“Logistics execution is the foundation for business growth and success in the agriculture industry. AgLoads wants to disrupt the current inefficiency and disorganization of today’s processes with a simple, easy-to-use app that provides customers with more time to focus on the bottom line,” said Chris Spurlock, Co-founder and CEO, Delta Valley Ag.

To achieve the goal of streamlining efficiency for farmers, shippers and drivers across the complete agriculture supply chain, the AgLoads mobile dispatch application features:

  • ALK® Maps with PC*MILER® Web Services for route planning with commercial vehicle routing and restrictions and high-quality map visualization for real-time fleet tracking and load assignment
  • CoPilot® Truck™ in-cab navigation, for safe, commercial vehicle specific voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions

By combining ALK Maps with Delta Valley’s AgLoads, farmers can visualize loads and grade information (including test weight and moisture levels) as well as receive precise estimated times of arrival of trucks, while shippers can view their fleet location information, all in real-time. To assist large and small truck fleet drivers, as well as owner/operators, CoPilot Truck offers reliable, paperless on board navigation with map data stored directly on the device, allowing for constant access to routing and mapping in any out of coverage area.

“Smart planning and efficient operations in farming is vital to business productivity and success,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president, enterprise solutions, ALK Technologies. “Our routing, mapping, and navigation features and functionality can be applied across various industries, and we are excited to integrate with Delta Valley Ag who is offering an innovative mobile dispatch application built specifically for agriculture.”

Built on the same source of commercial map data, ALK Maps and CoPilot Truck generate the same optimized routes for both the dispatcher and the driver, ensuring consistency between the planned and driven routes. The AgLoads application can be set with pre-defined and custom commercial vehicle routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance during planning and execution.

For more information on ALK Maps, PC*MILER, and CoPilot Truck, visit www.alk.com.

About Delta Valley Ag LLC

Delta Valley Ag, LLC is an agriculture-focused technology company dedicated to simplifying the workdays of shippers and farmers in agribusiness. By creating simple, easy-to-use applications, DVA plans to help shippers and farmers streamline daily processes so they can focus on business growth. As long time agriculture professionals, DVA sees a need to propel agribusiness to current times by utilizing well-built technology solutions for every person involved in the supply chain. This includes real-time communication between parties, accurate record logging and load information in the palm of your hand. For more information about Delta Valley Ag’s newest application or to be a part of the free Beta test, visit www.agloads.com.

About ALK Technologies

ALK Technologies is a transportation technology company dedicated to defining the optimal route to success through innovative routing, mileage, mapping and mobile navigation solutions. From trusted industry standard data to seamless integration, ALK solutions are developed for a broad range of industries, workforces, and everyday drivers on the road. For over 30 years, its suite of powerful solutions, including PC*MILER, CoPilot, and ALK Maps, have set the foundation for safe and efficient journeys worldwide – one mile, one driver, one vehicle at a time. ALK is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division, visit: www.alk.com.

Top 5 Reasons Truck Navigation is Essential for Fleets

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Everyday we are faced with decisions.  One of the toughest decisions is how to weed through so much technology constantly thrown in our laps.  With an app for almost every daily thought and task, it can be overwhelming.  In a time where so much is out there, it’s easy to think that some technology in our everyday life isn’t necessary.  But when your daily life exists on the road as a truck driver, your decisions are impacted by safety, compliance and cost savings.  If you think truck specific navigation isn’t for you – guess again.  Here’s a breakdown on why ALK’s CoPilot Truck is essential for success.

 

  1. Truck Legal Routing

 

By providing your drivers with truck-specific navigation, you can rest assured they will only be navigated to truck legal roadways.  By adhering to routes tailored to your load and trailer specifications, your drivers will avoid fines, low bridges, and potential out of route mileage.  

 

  1. Safety First

Truck specific navigation is designed with the driver’s safety in mind. CoPilot Truck offers voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names from origin to destination.  Reduce driver distraction in the cab with clear 3D and 2D map views plus Driver Safety Views for at-a-glance instructions.  Know your driver is focused solely on the road ahead, by using Motion Lock to prevent interaction by the driver when the vehicle is in motion.

 

  1. Stay Compliant

Ensuring your drivers are driving a compliant route saves you both time and precious money.  Set parameters and custom truck routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance to government regulations.  Connect your back office to the cab with RouteSync – which allows you to send a HOS compliant route directly to CoPilot Truck.  

 

  1. Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency

 

By providing your drivers reliable, on-board navigation, you’ll lower miles and maintain optimal fuel usage by maximizing the time spent on the road.  CoPilot Truck also equips drivers with fast, automatic re-calculation, when needed, directly on the device.  Easily understand a true cost and the most optimal route by viewing alternate routes.  With the flexibility to build single or multiple destination routes and ability to optimize up to 50 stops, you know you are supplying your driver with the optimal route.  The focus can then be on what’s most important –  making the planned route the actual.

 

  1. Cost Savings

 

You’ve seen the videos.  A 53 foot trailer hitting a low bridge.  You think, “Why was that driver even routed there in the first place?” The likely answer – they were following a generic, non-truck specific navigation system, designed for use by drivers of smaller, lighter passenger vehicles.  The result?  Costly damages to the truck and any goods being hauled, potential harm to the driver and countless other drivers on the road, and fines for driving on a truck-restricted road.  The other impact to the bottom line is the fact that the driver is then either delayed or never makes it to the next stop.  Suddenly, you have a major cost issue and an unhappy customer.  With CoPilot Truck, fleet managers ultimately control the route the driver is supposed to follow.   If that driver had been provided a truck-legal road, this costly expense potentially could have been avoided.  It pays to have truck specific navigation.

 

If you aren’t running CoPilot Truck navigation, you’re missing out on key factors that help to fuel success on the road.  To learn more, please visit: copilottruck.com

We’re Headed Out to Some of the Transportation Industry’s Biggest Tradeshows!

We’ve got a full schedule this September and October – we’ll be exhibiting at the McLeod Software User Conference, in.sight User Conference and Expo, and the ATA Management Conference.

Stop by our booths and get a demo all of the latest features and functionality of PC*MILER, including the new PC*MILER|WEATHER module, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps by one of our product experts.

We’ll also have dedicated product overview sessions at the McLeod Software User Conference and in.sight User Conference and Expo. Check out the program guides for dates and times.

Hope to see you soon!

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