The arrival and persistence of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout 2020 has suddenly dragged Italy into a health emergency and an economic crisis equal, maybe worse, than that of 2008. The transport is one of the many sectors affected by the consequences related to the spread of the virus and the containment measures implemented by the Government.
THE COVID-19 EFFECT ON THE WORLD OF LOGISTICS
The lockdown was a major challenge for the logistics sector. Among the numerous critical elements, the closure of shops, the establishment of red areas and the difficulty in the procurement of raw materials by the companies themselves, have led to significant slowdowns in the normal course of freight transport.
Many companies belonging to various sectors, except those related to online commerce, food and healthcare sectors, have recorded a significant drop in turnover.
REACTION AND RECOVERY OF LOGISTICS COMPANIES
However, starting from June, the logistics sector began a phase of significant recovery, reaching +6% of the volumes compared to the same period of the previous year. This was also possible thanks to the resilience of the sector and the ability of logistics managers to quickly rethink distribution networks and to bring the priorities that emerged during the crisis back to the centre of corporate strategies: organizational flexibility, digitalization of processes, operator safety and simplification of logistics flows.
STRONG POINTS OF THE TRANSPORT SECTOR: THE MEDITRANS CASE
An essential contribution to the recovery of the logistics sector came from outsourcing, that is, from Third party logistics. The latter, in fact, was able to make a quick adaptation of the operational capacity to the situation determined by the Coronavirus.
Outsourcing reacted with a shift of personnel from stationary sectors to more active ones and helped to reconfigure the logistics network through the opening of new warehouses and through the movement of large quantities of goods.
In this sense, Meditrans has distinguished itself and reacted energetically to the changes in course reconfiguring its network with the activation, for example, of new logistics platforms in Florence and Naples.
The need for greater flexibility recorded by the logistics sector has encouraged the spread of intermodal transport, a service that has been offering by our company for a long time already and further strengthened in 2021 with the inclusion of new strategic routes.
A further post covid-19 change concerns the management of warehouses, which will have to be increasingly digitized and automated. Meditrans welcomes this boost to innovation, having already a “4.0 infrastructure” available, that combines traditional organizational and management practices with the support of new technologies, such as CPS (CyberPhysical Sensor) and IoT (Internet of Things) in order to optimize, in particular, the storage and control of vehicles.