Automated Transportation: Planning Is Useful

In Brief

In applying advanced technology, the most important thing to consider is seamless suitability and accurate implementation. The latter, the most brilliant of concepts can render itself a waste of money half-measure or simply wrong implementation. Infrastructure investments defeat the whole purpose without the will to embrace change. Automatic transport systems, for one, part of the package is the possibility of applying Drones to last mile delivery of goods. They are designed and deployed with fast, pin-point accuracy and cost effective operations. At the risk of economic pressure and increased unemployment, is it worth it, though?

In the near future, more and more jobs that do not require complex interactions by robotics’ standard will likely be replaced by machines and bots, altogether. As a consequence, scaled unemployment problems may start to surface as human skills no longer measures up to the automation processies that replace them, either cost-effectiveness or productivity wise. As social structures develop slower than technology, this could represent a major problem to tackle. Or, perhaps, this period of transitioning could represent an opportunity for adaptive leaders in various industries across economic sectors. A rare window to differentiate from competitors through the most invaluable asset any organization that has ever succeeded cannot do without – human resource.

Modern technology comes with a risk. The advantages and disadvantages to all task forces involved in the warehousing and freight forwarding business as well as social and economic systems at large, are staggering.

     If jobs are replaced by automation that works equivalently effective or even better than a real person, negative impacts on the overall economy are likely. As automation expansion in the United States means less employees are required while the population is growing, such employment imbalance will affect both society and the economy for the long run. On the other hand, organizations and businesses nowadays have no choice but to seek technological or innovative help to develop a more effective and profitable business, not so much to stay ahead of the game but to stay in the game and remain relevant.

Two questions to answer:

1. Is automation necessary?  Answer: It is not necessary, but it is an alternative.

2. Will the company be better off with automated systems?  Answer: Not necessarily. It is more about managing time.

A good example is raising a child. If we want children to concentrate on one thing through automation, just turn on the television for the child to watch. Going with a non-automated alternative, on tje other hand, we can read books together, play Lego or even run around together. Thus, it is obvious to see that automation is, a lot of times, not the better solution, particularly when the parents have enough time to baby sit, themselves. It is not the one size fits all cause and effect analogy that will automatically improve things. It can be, however, applied where appropriate and at the right time. Well then, what are the positive and negative effects of automated transportation? The following bullets bring some key points to light:

1. Automation will benefit shareholders and top management as overall efficiency and cost effectiveness increases, and in turn, boost return on investment, dividend payments as well as saving shares.

2.Customers benefit from faster, more reliable, transport services (based on the assumption that customers seek enhanced services in the same price ranges, not lower.)

3. Negative effect on transport and related staff that become dispensable, thus reduced leverage for compensation negotiation or career growth.

4.The expanding unemployed workforce with destitute resources will put additional stress on the already teetering economy and related government agencies to initiate and extend social programs, retraining venues and employment preferences required to put the workforce back to work. Only to discover a few years down the road that the labour market needs a workforce with, yet, more of new skill sets, again.

5. Pro-automation employers will be looked upon to invest in retraining programs to provide an opportunity  for the idled workforce to be properly retrained and embrace change.

6. The increasing number of work categories and positions that do not require prior experience will put a strain on the education system to be more responsive and progressive towards breakthrough labour market requirements that constantly look for new skill-sets. Recently, local education and retraining programs have not provided an answer to real world requirements that need to be adaptive to change in technology and environments for either the workplace or internal operation.

All of the above seemingly renders a mix message while it actually presents a major opportunity to shift focus to fields of dire importance in this period of change, ie., where bots can’t replace human-human interaction. Long term career prospects for humans going forward, for that matter, will be exactly that: jobs that robots can’t do and jobs that are in place to keep the robots going. For automation in particular, the conclusion is that, like any capacity designed to do good, it is never good or bad by and of itself. How useful the internet is, for example, depends entirely on the individual. Whether a smartphone is used to conduct business, drive for Uber on part time, for free educational books, articles, documentary programs and free online degrees; or, entertaining games, shopping sprees, tabloid clips, buffet coupons, social media and chat boxes, the smartphone itself has no say. The answer to seamless automation transition lies in internal educational programs. World class institution around the globe has always put major focus on the Social Contract, i.e., an implicit agreement among members of a society or organization to sacrifice some individual freedom to work towards a common goal in return for predetermined social protection and benefits, in this case, retraining capacity.

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