In May 2019 it was announced that Hitachi Asia (Thailand) and Hitachi Transport System Vantec (Thailand) will roll out a vehicle sharing service from June 2019 in Thailand. This service is able to dispatch vehicles upon receiving delivery orders from shippers, contributing to reductions in cost and delivery time.
For shipping and logistic enterprises, the two companies will start to provide this service for container deliveries from June 2019 and expand its application to truck deliveries, with an aim to achieve service usage across 21,000 trucks by 2023. The joint aim is to achieve annual sales of JPY 8 billion (USD 74 million), through service provision to Manufacturing, distribution, logistic and shipping companies, including Hitachi group companies; Hitachi Consumer Products (Thailand), Ltd., Hitachi Sales (Thailand), Ltd., and Hitachi High-Technologies (Thailand) Ltd. in Thailand.
This service is capable of integrating data such as the operational status of vehicles and cargo availability across multiple touchpoints, displaying these data sets on a single dashboard, and using analytics to dispatch an appropriate vehicle for each delivery order, by matching attributes such as automobile type, temperature, delivery driver’s reputational score, traffic information. This would enable business owners in the logistics sector to make efficient use of out-of-service vehicles across their transport fleet, and perform joint deliveries for cargos with close-proximity end destinations.
A Proof of Concept (PoC) executed with Unicharm Corporation which used the service for container shipping between January to March 2019 yielded an improved container round use rate up from 15% to 30%.
The Thai government is seeking to reduce logistic costs from 14% in 2016 to 12 % of GDP by 2021, as outlined in the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan. In this context, Hitachi has developed this service, which contributes towards a reduction in man hours and fuel costs for transport operators, as it facilitates optimal resource allocation.
(Source: Hitachi; Bangkok Post)