COVID-19 is affecting logistics and Sixfold, Europe's leading independent provider of visibility services in logistics, has decided to publish aggregated information on real-time border crossing times.
Over the last few weeks, European nations have been working hard to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Governments have applied restrictions not only on public gatherings and individual travel but, by setting up border patrols or even closures, have indirectly impacted cargo flows, reads on Sixfold news blog.
Our customers have been consulting with us about how to best handle the situation, since many of them provide crucial products that keep our society going. Seeing the impact that we’ve had with helping our customers, we've decided that we need to take these learnings and do everything in our power to help the general public. Thus, as a first step, we have published aggregated information on border crossing times for trucks, based on our real-time & predictive data, so that everyone who has practical use for it can access it for free. The border crossing times live map can be accessed HERE. The map can be useful for getting goods to where they need to be with shorter delays.
Data of millions of shipments on our platform shows that even though there are disruptions, the delays are actually not as bad as one might expect. Based on our data, on-time delivery overall only dropped by 3-7 percentage points in affected areas over the last week (depending on regions and industries). This shows that the highly professional logistics service providers as well as logistics departments of our customers have processes in place to handle crisis situations.
Moreover, real-time data & insights have enabled them to take fact-based, quick, and efficient decisions in regards to transporting their goods. They have managed to re-route transports and shift scarce resources from less important transports to the crucial ones and thereby have kept service levels up despite the unusual circumstances.
We treat privacy and data security with utmost gravity. The data used for calculating the border wait times is aggregated across tens of thousands of shipments and fully anonymised to protect the business interests and privacy of both our customers and their carriers fulfilling their deliveries.
Sixfold is providing customers — globally acting manufacturers, retailers, and logistics service providers — with real-time & predictive visibility over their shipments, helping them understand where their shipments are, when they are arriving at their own facilities or the customers' doorsteps and, crucially, whether there are problems or delays.