The number of companies that have stopped relying on external suppliers of logistics services is steadily increasing. In addition to personal fleets, the trend these days is also to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

Foto: René Fluger, logistika.ihned.cz

Owning your own fleet, which (for now) mostly covers only a part of transport needs, has two main reasons: cost savings and the lack of drivers in the market, which ultimately affects the stability and security of the services provided.

Most manufacturing and business companies outsource shipping, with even logistics companies rarely having their own fleets. MD Logistics is an exception, for example, which today owns about 175 vehicles, of which 160 are large trucks —covering about seventy percent of its needs.

Still, according to statistics from the year before last, some two percent of companies use their own transport in some way. However, the situation is changing and many companies are building their own fleets – or at least considering it.

This is due to the lack of workforce and the difficulty in finding quality and reliable people on the one hand, and marketing and better customer service on the other. For example, online supermarkets such as Rohlík.cz or Koloniál.cz are betting on their own transport. And it seems to be working well: the difference is whether the delivery will be delivered by a “general” shipping company, which also makes deliveries in very long time frame, or whether by a uniformed company employee who makes the delivery to the flat behaves well — and last but not least, is hit with a crushing 15-minute time frame that the customer chooses.

Is there a similar revolution in other areas of logistics? Will companies like DPD or Geis deliver packages with accuracy within a quarter of an hour? And if we could choose at the post office that we want to deliver a letter between 15.15 and 15.30 – is it utopia? What do you think? Share your views in the discussion.

Skoda Goes Big, in Terms of Natural Gas and Electricity
All hundreds and thousands of lorries and trucks represent tons and tons of emissions that destroy (not only) our air. Škoda, for example, has shown it is not indifferent to the environment by introducing cars running on natural gas, electric cars and huge semi-trucks that save both nature and money.The carmaker from Mladá Boleslav has been testing four compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks that are driven inside its main production plant since the beginning of this year. Compared with conventional fuels, these vehicles are considerably more fuel efficient and economical: they save about thirty percent of fuel costs, more than eighty to ninety percent lower NOx emissions, ninety percent lower carbon monoxide (CO) emissions, up to 95 percent lower particulate matter air pollutant emissions and 25 percent lower CO2 emissions. Another CNG truck, which runs twelve times a week on a 120-kilometer route between Mladá Boleslav and Stráž nad Nisou, saves 16 tons of CO2 per year.

Another ecological action undertaken by Škoda is introducing so-called Gigaliners, that is, mega trucks of up to 25 meters long, which take up 150 meters of cubic loads – half the size of conventional trucks. For example, the truck will reduce the number of trips from 53 to 35 per week on a 292-kilometer long route between Boleslav and Rokycany. This means an annual saving of 250,000 kilometers and about 200 tons of CO2.

In addition, Škoda operates electric vehicles on their premises in Mladá Boleslav: 18 “classic” electric semi-trucks are complemented by a two-track set equipped with solar panels that recharge batteries.

Closed at the Last Minute
An interesting logistical trend is outlined by Hörmann’s DOBO (Docking Before Opening) system, which ensures a secure and close placement of goods between trucks and warehouses. Here in the Czech Republic it is used by Jablotron in its industrial zone in Jablonec nad Nisou – Rýnovice. The point is that the goods do not come into contact with the open environment when being moved, even for a moment. The truck back up to the ramp with the door still closed, which is opened only once it is inside the delivery space. It is advantageous both in terms of the customs process, both also for the safety of the cargo and for ensuring an uninterrupted constant temperature.
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