A reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable logistics system is the lubricant for modern societies. Our level of prosperity has become dependent on it. The logistics value chain has become a complex global web. The Netherlands has been a leading player in this field for centuries. Connectedness and openness to the world is in our DNA; it’s the fuel that drives our success as a trading nation.
But the entire sector is in dire straits. Accelerating trade and freight transport, globalization has a downside as well: the cut-throat competition, expanding layers of intermediaries and "contractors" means wafer-thin margins and increasing dependence and vulnerability. ‘Lean and mean’ is the leading criterium on land and at sea. But we have yet to touch upon the greatest challenge the industry has ever faced. Sustainability of the entire system. The entire industry must reinvent itself within a few years. This is a challenge of epic proportions that requires massive investments. ‘No’ is not an option; it is a "do or die" scenario.
As a seafaring nation, we are used to some storms, but this is a superstorm. It's all hands-on deck. Technological innovation is needed in all areas: innovation in robotization, AI, connectivity, electrification and alternative renewable energy sources are all essential while the logistics chain must continue to flow seamlessly and affordably. Large-scale digitization is a necessity for survival.
A new type of navigators is needed to guide the sector into safe waterways. Not only leaders with vision, guts and new perspectives, but especially with knowledge of the unknown. Our national tendency to make connections is our lifebuoy. Tomorrow's leaders are not the "usual suspects", they are from other worlds. Organizations must tap into the knowledge and experience of other worlds in order to survive. The water sloshes over the quay walls, the sector must float to the surface. Only companies with guts and the mindset of an explorer will see another tomorrow.
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