Technology & Transportation Panel
Andrew McWiggan, VP & Business Development Director was honoured to join a panel to talk to industry leaders about technology in transportation and logistics.
I was thrilled when I was approached with the opportunity to speak on a panel covering technology and its expected disruption in the transportation industry.
The event, which was organized by the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT) and the Saskatoon Transportation Club (STC), coincided with Saskatchewan Supply Chain Week and hosted over 90 guests from around the province.
My panel discussed how technology is currently playing a role in the Transportation sector, and where we see the industry moving as a whole. Transportation is one of the few long-standing industries which is about to go through a major technology overhaul. We are seeing a lot of mergers and acquisitions in the space and many companies are bracing for the changes coming down the pipe.
Electronic Log Devices (ELDs) were a major headlining topic, as Canada is likely to make a mandate that an ELD must be in every cab. The USA market has already gone through this change in late 2017; Canada is hoping to take some of the learnings from this process to help guide their legislative process.
My co-panelist, Albert Jaime from ZU, shed some light on the importance of change management in the workplace, and how companies can tackle technology adoption. We also touched on the topics of recruitment and government, specifically how do you get more young drivers to work in this sector.
There has been a major shortage of drivers for the last decade and a half and the problems associated with this are only getting worse. Albert and I both explained, that as technology becomes more apparent in the industry and the lifestyle of a “typical driver” changes, more opportunity for recruitment will present itself.
With emerging technologies, such as driverless fleets and automated supply chain technology, coming in the not-too-distant future, transportation companies will have to look at how they can optimize their operations and attract a new class of staff to support new systems and technology.
When asked about when we saw the driverless fleet being implemented, I said it would largely depend on government and regulatory boards across Canada/USA.
I anticipate that within the next 5-8 years we will see driverless fleets operating, if all of the other pieces are able to come together.
Our final topic addressed decision making, specifically answering the question: “How do you go about assessing any piece of software for your transportation company?”
Albert mentioned that you need to get input from actual users, so that they are a part of the entire design process. Users will be able to provide you with an understanding of where the gaps are, and where there is a viable software solution out there which will service the users needs. I explained that in most cases there is a disconnect between what ‘C suite’ decision makers need, and what the general user base wants.
In some cases, you will find that there isn’t a viable option out of the box to solve your issues and that’s okay. I discussed in detail that custom built software is fantastic for businesses who have intricate processes and need to integrate with multiple third party APIs (application programming interface).
I look forward to the next opportunity to collaborate with CITT and STC.
If you are interested in chatting further about the transportation sector and how technology fits, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Local Tech: Pivot Furniture
Skip the Dishes Founder's New Venture
Groundbreaking ideas and technologies continue to come out of the Prairies. Following the subscription model popularized by services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify, Saskatoon’s Pivot Furniture is offering its subscribers a unique service.
Started by the members behind the hugely successful SkipTheDishes app, Pivot Furniture allows subscribers the ability to rent a wide array of furnishings for as long as they desire, with the ability to swap out, add to, or subtract as they desire.
This idea is based on the understanding that furnishing a house can be a huge investment, typically paid for in large lump sums. Pivot Furniture offers a solution for users that would allow them to furnish a one-bedroom apartment, including living, dining, and bedroom for approximately $60/month.
The appeal of Pivot Furniture can be quite diverse depending on the needs of the subscriber; whether it’s a limited budget, a desire to change things up on a regular basis, or perhaps you just hate moving furniture whenever you move residences.
Currently offered in Saskatoon and Winnipeg, Pivot Furniture’s $9.99 monthly membership includes delivery, returns, assembly, and disassembly. Along with the subscription, users pay per month per item with items like sofas costing about $16 a month and coffee tables around $5 a month.
Levis Media Client Spotlight: Aquifer Distribution
A Saskatchewan Cornerstone Gets a New Brand
Wig’s Pumps and Waterworks has been serving the people of Saskatchewan since 1968. At that time they were focused on the installation of water and septic systems, then in 1977 they shifted to pumps, water treatment, pipe sales and installations. In 1981 they expanded to serve the network of contractor pump dealers and plumbing wholesale across Saskatchewan; Aquifer Distribution Ltd. was born.
After another expansion that included an office in Regina, the next step in 2011 was to start Flo-essence Plumbing, Hearth and Decor, in Saskatoon; a boutique showroom to showcase specialty and high-end products for contractors and homeowners.
As the three companies grew, they each required their own web presence to serve their unique clientele. With Aquifer Group of Companies’ decision to put each of their web presences under the same domain, it made site management more efficient and fluid, allowing for unique portals for each unique user type.
Levis Media is proud to launch aquiferdist.com.
Levis Media Client Spotlight: Family Pet Cremation Services
A New Look for a Local Brand that Touches Hearts
Our pets are also our family members. The animals in our lives are now given more respect and love than ever before. Because of this love, losing a pet can be just as hard as losing a friend or family member.
Family Pet Cremation Services is an organization that assists individuals and families during the difficult times leading up to and following the death of a beloved pet. Operated through the Edwards Family, a family that has answered the needs of Saskatoon’s people for over 100 years, Family Pet Cremation Services professionally and respectfully helps you during difficult times.
This organization needed a way to convey their message to the people of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan and approached Levis Media to build a website that quickly and efficiently guides people to the information they need. Whether it is pre-planning, counselling or memorialization, Family Pet Cremation Services will assist you during these hard times.
Levis Media is proud to launch FamilyPetServices.ca.
Meeting People & Talking Shop Around Saskatoon!
The Chamber: Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce: Chamber on Tap @ LB Distillers
Wednesday, June 5
Pivot: The Opportunity of Disruption @ World Trade Centre, Prairieland Park
Thursday, June 13
SYPE’s 20th Anniversary @ Coors Events Centre
Friday, June 14
Planes, Trains & Automobiles @ Delta Hotels Saskatoon Downtown
Tuesday, June 18
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