Advancing Technology and Its Role in the Transportation Industry

by Michael Kotendzhi | Trucking, Logistics

In recent years, we’ve seen the growth and advancement of technology in the trucking and 3PL industry. New additions such as contactless payments, engine sensors, and e-ticketing has revolutionized the method in which the industry operates. From the worker’s perspective, these advancements can wholly restructure the work process and potentially cut back on certain jobs.

One example of this is software that monitors multiple aspects of a driver’s actions and whereabouts in real time. Although this can be beneficial in terms of providing instantaneous data, it can also facilitate a level of distrust between employer and employee. Technology also has the misconception of being infallible, sometimes making the worker the scapegoat in certain situations. The increase in the integration of technology in the trucking industry also means that drivers must be technologically competent in ensuring that all data points are successfully integrated. The skillset required for drivers must increase in order to maintain the integration and real time data provided by new technology.

Tech has positively transformed many industries including the distributionco-packing, and warehousing sectors. However, there are many important discussions to be had about the negative impacts as well. 18 Wheels Logistics is committed to the success and satisfaction of our clients and team members, and ensures that technology will be a component that will facilitate a healthy and prosperous work environment. 18 Wheels Logistics is based in Vancouver, B.C. but servicing all of North America. 

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.