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.

Link to download >>

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.

PC*MILER Web – Product Update


We are excited to announce the latest version of PC*MILER Web is now available!

PC*MILER Web provides users access to the industry’s most trusted truck routing and mileage anywhere, anytime. From basic mileage calculations to extensive route planning tools, use PC*MILER Web for any and all business needs. The latest update brings a more intuitive interface focused on ease of use to maximize your most valued asset – time.

Simpler stop entry to make it easier to find and route to the places you need

Improved routing options for more precise ETAs and drive times

Refreshed menus designed to increase productivity

View all features here >>


Did you know PC*MILER Web is:

-Ideal for small fleets, owner/operators, and brokers

-Has low monthly subscription options

-With no need to install and maintain desktop software

Explore more here >>


Transport & Logistic Trade Fair 2017 – Munich, Germany

“[With digitalization] logistics is on the threshold of the most exciting phase of innovation in recent decades—and as a result it is becoming even more important. Developments such as online trade, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things mean more goods, more transport and more logistics.”

Alexander Dobrindt, German Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

 

Last week, our European team attended the Transport & Logistic trade show in Munich, Germany. The fair, which is the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management is now over and we are very pleased to report it has been a great success!

Transport & Logistic reported record attendance, with over 2,100 exhibitors from 62 countries and 60,000 visitors from 120 countries.

The digital revolution was topic No. 1 at the show, while another much-discussed subject was the rise in national protectionism, a major risk for international trade.

It was the first time that ALK Technologies had its own booth at the event, which was the perfect opportunity to launch our brand new Plan, Drive, Analyze campaign, based on our CoPilot Professional and ALK Maps navigation solutions.


We were also pleased to strengthen the ties with our partners Areal Control, DFF Solutions, Idem Telematics, Kratzer Automation, Spedion, and Trendfire who were also present at the show. Our German team did a fantastic job in presenting our scheduling and route optimization solutions and we left the show with a huge amount of positive feedback and interest from partners and potential customers.

 

 

Click here for the full Transport Logistic 2017 Closing Report >

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.

YRC Worldwide Inc. Chief Customer Officer Justin Hall to Deliver Keynote Presentation for the 2017 ALK Transportation Technology Summit

Address will focus on fleet utilization of technology innovation for operational, customer and strategic growth

Princeton, N.J. 2017 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in transportation technology and mobility solutions, today announced that Justin Hall, chief customer officer at YRC Worldwide Inc. will headline the 2017 ALK Transportation Technology Summit as its Keynote Speaker.

Hall oversees the design and deployment of innovative technology, logistics and other transportation solutions for YRC Worldwide Inc., which includes YRC Freight, YRC Reimer, Holland, Reddaway, and New Penn collectively.  In his current role, he focuses on strengthening the customer experience and overall satisfaction, as well as developing long-term business growth and opportunities for the company.  YRC Worldwide Inc. was recently ranked as the #5 For-Hire Carrier in Transport Topics’ Top 100 list.

After graduating from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. in Entrepreneurship, he went on to start five successful companies in the logistics industry and solidified himself as an industry visionary and leader. During his 10 years as president with Logistics Planning Services (LPS), the company was named to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies list five times, and was on the Minnesota Fast 50 and 100 Best Places to Work. Hall is a recent EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and is Scrum Master Certified (CSM).

“Justin brings a unique perspective to ALK’s Transportation Technology Summit,” said Michael Kornhauser, general manager and executive vice president, ALK. “His ability to piece together a complicated puzzle of business operations, innovative technology, and customer needs will set a powerful tone for the day’s presentations.”

ALK will hold its 13th annual Transportation Technology Summit May 22-23, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia, PA. With over 150 transportation industry leaders expected in attendance, the session topics will once again be dedicated to today’s top challenges and opportunities, with panels concentrated on technology, safety, regulation, and driver issues.

New in 2017, the Summit will offer interactive roundtable sessions on a variety of topics for individualized contribution, information sharing, and personalized networking opportunities. Additionally, on the day prior to main stage and breakout sessions, ALK will be providing dedicated product training on PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps.

Specific topic information, additional speakers, and registration availability will be announced shortly. For the most up-to-date program information, visit www.alktechsummit.com.

 

About YRC Worldwide
YRC Worldwide Inc., headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is the holding company for a portfolio of less-than-truckload (LTL) companies including YRC Freight, YRC Reimer, Holland, Reddaway, and New Penn. Collectively, YRC Worldwide companies have one of the largest, most comprehensive LTL networks in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. Through their teams of experienced service professionals, YRC Worldwide companies offer industry-leading expertise in heavyweight shipments and flexible supply chain solutions, ensuring customers can ship industrial, commercial and retail goods with confidence.

Please visit the website at www.yrcw.com for more information.

 

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.

ALK Technologies Is Headed to the Fleet Safety Conference

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Join us as we participate for the first time in the 2016 Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg IL, July 18-20th.

Safety is critical in the transportation industry – and we’ve got an entire suite of solutions to help all companies route and navigate with their drivers’ and fleet safety as a top priority.

Stop by booth 26 to learn more about how PC*MILER, CoPilot Truck, and ALK Maps innovative transportation technology and fleet management solutions can transform the way you work.

As we venture out west we would be remiss not to mention the historic US Route 66. While we’ve all heard the pop-culture references to Route 66 throughout popular music, literature and movies, many people forget how greatly the trucking industry was impacted with the first of its kind US highway. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926 by pioneers Cyrus Avery of Tulsa, Oklahoma and John Woodruff of Springfield, MO. Spanning over 2,400 miles from its origin in Chicago and westward to Los Angeles, the paved road allowed for faster yet safer travel, particularly helpful for over the road truck drivers and shippers. For more information on this iconic highway visit national66.org.

ALK & Trimble UK Ride For a Cause

image (3)BrinaTrimbleRain or shine, ALK and Trimble’s UK pro cycle team made it out on June 23, 2016 to bike for a cause. Joining forces to take part in a series of challenges to raise money for a variety of charities, they kicked it all off with the CBRE Property Bike Ride. Twelve riders from the UK including three of ALK’s very own, David Quin, VP Consumer Applications; Giovanni Cattani, Support Manager; and Brina Watkins, Senior Accountant, tackled challenging routes around the Surrey Hills to raise money for the Mind charity.

The Mind charity is a UK based charity created to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Through their campaigning they are able to offer support to those in need as well as raise awareness across the UK and Wales for a better understanding of mental illness.

With the Mind charity in the front of their thoughts, the ALK and Trimble UK team hit the road following a horrific night of torrential rain and winds. The roads were in appalling condition with parts of the course completely submerged or covered in slippery debris. However, when the chips are down and the sky darkened, the ‘can do’ attitude of the team shone through.

All of the team members (with the exception of one who experienced 4 tire punctures) completed the ride and were elated to hear their efforts raised over £1000.
Interested in getting involved? Donations are still being accepted here.

ALK Technologies Celebrates a Milestone with the 30th Release of PC*MILER

Provides innovative weather visualization tool for improved route planning efficiency and enhanced fleet safety

Princeton, N.J. – June 28, 2016 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced that the 30th version of its PC*MILER truck routing, mileage and mapping software is now available. PC*MILER 30 brings a number of pre-trip planning enhancements, including a unique weather visualization tool to enable transportation companies to understand the weather’s direct impact on their business.

“Our goal is to continue to develop technology that empowers our customers to make confident, informed decisions to boost their bottom line and help ensure fleet safety while on the road,” said Kara Jo O’Neil, senior product manager at ALK Technologies. “With access to critical insight into weather conditions during route planning, dispatchers can make knowledgeable decisions to steer drivers on safer routes, if necessary, as well as understand the possible delays due to severe weather conditions.”

In PC*MILER 30, dispatchers can toggle the display of weather radar and alerts as well as visual cloud layer. Current weather-related events are clearly identified on the map and alerts are optionally provided if the generated route plan intersects with an alert zone. Dispatchers can then analyze the alert type, effective and expiration times, certainty, severity and urgency ratings in order to make critical decisions about routing drivers around hazardous areas or notifying customers of potential delays.

PC*MILER 30 also brings the ability to:

  • Set a maximum governor road speed for more accurate ETAs and drive times
  • Factor in new government mandated 60/70-hour-duty limits for Hours of Service (HOS) compliance and to maintain low CSA scores
  • Insert an HOS compliant stop or break location directly into the route with predefined, custom places for quick pre-planning
  • Access the latest street-level maps of North America with updated addresses, roadways, and commercial restrictions
  • Send an optimized stop list from PC*MILER Interactive directly to a driver through ALK’s standalone CoPilot Truck in-cab navigation app, helping to ensure legally compliant executed truck routes that eliminate manual address entry and maximize driver miles per day

“We’re proud that a product created 30 years ago continues to evolve with the industry’s needs while still maintaining its original intention of providing transportation companies a trusted source for reliable and accurate truck routing, mileage and mapping, “said Michael Kornhauser, executive vice president and general manager at ALK Technologies. “PC*MILER’s longevity is a true testament to the importance of building software with a strong foundation and a focus on innovation driven by the voice of our customers.”

PC*MILER runs on Microsoft Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms as well as IBM AS/400 (iSeries) and mainframe computers. PC*MILER is also available as a web-based application for access anywhere, anytime. It can also be seamlessly integrated with leading transportation and supply chain management systems.

For more information on PC*MILER visit: www.pcmiler.com.

For PC*MILER 30 images: Click Here

About ALK Technologies

ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics solution and navigation software, is focused on developing innovative solutions for transportation, logistics, mobile workforces and consumers. Product lines include PC*MILER, CoPilot and ALK Maps. PC*MILER is widely recognized as a transportation industry standard for routing, mileage and mapping in North America. CoPilot is a leading source of GPS navigation software for fleets, mobile operators, hardware OEMs, system integrators, professional drivers and consumers. ALK Maps is a development platform designed for the transportation industry and provides commercial routing, geocoding and mapping visualization for enterprise applications.

For more information on ALK Technologies, visit: www.alk.com or follow us at: www.twitter.com/ALKTech.