Decades of stagnant investment in transportation infrastructure have strained supply chains in the United States. The Increasing demand to move goods at a lower cost has led to a heavy reliance on aggregation as the primary means of control. While this approach has reduced costs, it’s also sacrificed flexibility and frequency, leaving trucks as the predominant mode of transportation.
Newlab is championing a new approach to logistics that prioritizes decentralization, flexibility, and agility. By adopting a more distributed distribution network and leveraging autonomous transport options, the industry can enhance resilience and mitigate risks associated with bottlenecks and single points of failure. This paradigm shift will not only optimize energy consumption but also unlock untapped capacity within existing networks.
We have mapped three foundational innovation pathways critical to realizing future logistics systems as well as a landscape of disruptors developing new technology across them.
Streamlining load transfers between transportation modes, such as rail and shipping, through modular and adaptable infrastructure solutions.
Enhancing routing efficiency, providing real-time tracking, and improving transparency to optimize logistics operations.
Embracing zero-emissions vehicles and vessels, along with intelligent and modular containers, to support sustainable and adaptable logistics practices.
Strong multi-modal logistics are crucial for creating resilient and sustainable supply chains on a global scale. By scaling alternative modes of transportation and establishing a robust intermodal infrastructure, we can drive operational efficiencies and unlock new capacity. Together, we can revolutionize the future of logistics, ensuring supply chains remain agile, adaptable, and sustainable.