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Panel Discussion: The Future of Auto Transport

by Kacie LaCombe

We live in a digital world with technology improving every day. However, in the world of auto transport, the industry is now finally catching up. With access to the tools that help carriers and shippers move cars faster and work smarter, businesses are growing and the industry is progressing by leaps and bounds. We know the auto transport industry is working hard to fill gaps and fix broken processes today, but what does that mean for the state of auto transport tomorrow?

Tuesday, March 30th, a panel of auto transport community members will come together to discuss that very topic – the future of auto transport. This panel will consist of Super Dispatch’s CEO, Bek Abdullayev, JP Auto Transport‘s Founder and Owner, Kevin Parada, Head of Strategic Partnerships at uShip, Dean Xeros, McCollister’s Auto Logistics Vice President, Marco Maggiore, and Car Delivery Network‘s General Manager, Derric Hicks hosted by Jay’s Auto Transport Intel show

Tune in to join the panel and let your voice and views be heard, and for the chance to win one of our giveaways! The show will kickoff live at 8pm CT on the Auto Transport Intel show. Join us in the live chat and you may walk away with a $25 Amazon gift card or a Super Dispatch t-shirt!

There is a lot to cover in regards to the future of auto transport, but here is a preview of the prompts and questions that will be considered Tuesday night.

 

When Will Technology Adoption Increase?

Largely, auto transport has been an industry left behind by the technology wave, and those who do have access to the limited technology available tend to be slow to adopt. From a reliance on paperwork to depending on limited load board options, the auto transport industry is due for a technology renaissance. What will it take for the industry to go digital

As more advanced transportation management systems and comprehensive auto transport platforms go to market in the industry, the more technology will advance. This will hopefully lead to advanced systems feeling more accessible to carriers and shippers, which will produce a greater visibility on the impactful return on investment that comes with modern auto transport tools. 

 

Will COVID-19 Have a Lasting Impact?

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to get comfortable with the unknown. While auto transport took a big hit in the Spring of 2020, it’s already showing promising signs of recovery. But for those businesses who managed to survive, how will COVID-19 impact the industry on a long-lasting basis?

From slowed car sales to changes in car hauling needs, it’s difficult to tell what the long-term effects of COVID and the economic impact might result in. From what has been seen so far, there will be a change in how carriers and shippers manage cash flow and prioritize efficiency. What changes in expense management or accounting software integration do you predict?

 

Is Going Green a Concern?

The green initiatives have been a hot topic which became more real for the auto transport industry when California led the charge to require truck manufacturers to transition from diesel to zero-emission trucks. This mandate requires this initiative to begin in 2024 with every new truck sold being zero-emission by 2050. Since California has launched this initiative, 15 other states have joined in agreement. With this initial mandate, will this just be the beginning of going green in auto transport? 

While there is no requirement for individual car haulers to abandon their diesel rigs and purchase zero-emission trucks, the state of gas and oil is something to consider, as well. States with heavy capacity needs, like California, are also states with ambitious climate goals. How does that change for diesel vehicles as they travel through these states? And will any restrictions force car haulers into zero-emission rigs?

 

The future of auto transport may not be well-known, but it is an exciting one and something we can immediately learn from listening to one another. From technology to car haulers to shippers, what do you think the future of auto transport industry will look like?

Set a reminder and join our panel Tuesday, March 30th at 8:00pm CT to let us know what you think, what you hope for, or what your concerns are. We want to hear from you and give you a couple of chances to win one of our awesome giveaways!

For any questions or suggested topics ahead of time, send them to us at [email protected] 

Published on March 29, 2021

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