If 2020 has proven anything, it has proved that the unexpected can and often does happen – and, like buses, several crises can arrive at the same time (Covid-19 and Brexit, in this case). Few of us predicted that Covid-19 would impact humanity and the global economy in such a disastrous way. However, the pandemic has also shown that the human race is very resourceful and can adapt rapidly to changing environments. As far as transport operators were concerned, the key for those companies that were successful during 2020 was to have robust systems and processes in place that could adapt to the ‘new normal’. As far as the UK (and EU) are concerned, in the past few months Brexit joined the pandemic as an economic crisis of major proportions.
2021 has begun with a bang as the Brexit and Covid combo has already caused major issues for the transport industry. Hauliers are now expected to have a negative Covid-19 test as well as the additional correct paperwork to make the journey across the Channel from the UK. Further, there are similar issues in trying to import goods from mainland Europe. To be successful in such an environment operators will need to have strong communications processes and flexible and adaptable administration systems in place to automatically negotiate non-tariff barriers and ensure the smoothest possible flow of goods.
As far as a transport managements system (TMS) is concerned, the easiest solution to delivering an easy to access, totally secure, full integration and readily adaptable solution that can work for any company – and which minimises costs by sharing – is to have a Software as a Service (SaaS) TMS in place.
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