Move Over and Get in the Slow Lane

As we enter 2015 most of us find the world moving at a faster pace. But is it really moving faster? Think about it. Driving speeds in built up metropolitan areas are being reduced in an effort to make it safer for pedestrians. Also school zone speed limits are enforced twice daily to reduce the speed of motorists to protect our children. There have been global staff cuts in every sector to save on business running costs. This results in longer service wait times. Companies have chosen this strategy as they realise they can afford to give 70% grade of service as opposed to 100% and still be viewed as reliable and trusted in their customers eyes. So why not employ less staff. Sure they will have some times during the day where wait times are bad, but overall they are saving money right? So too does reduced business spending play a part for our global transportation companies. In recent years freight companies have discovered that by lowering their shipping speeds by 20% they can save 40% on fuel consumption. That is quite significant when you consider the amount of fuel that it takes to transport 150,000 tonnes of cargo around the globe! As a positive outcome of this, CO2 emissions has been lowered too. In Australia the trucking industry are constantly being more heavily monitored for safe travelling speeds. Safe-T-Cams are all over Australian roads ensuring that truck drivers are not travelling too fast. A set speed is in force for the safety of all road users including the truck drivers. Not only speed but also working hours are also scrutinised to ensure that no single driver can complete a set amount of hours on the road per day. This has helped reduce the stress on these drivers and makes for safer roads for all road users. Furthermore with populations growing rapidly public transport and roadways are getting congested especially in city centres and surrounding suburbs. This again results in slow travel times to and from work. So with all of these factors in our lives showing the slowing speed of things. Where is this increased feeling of our faster paced world? The answer is in the information and technology. We have access to more information than ever before and the amount of new information is being created at an ever increasing rate. Also the lines of communication are open and expanding. We can reach nearly anyone in almost any part of the world instantaneously. The speeds here is where we get the feeling of the rush rush rush. But as this feeling is upon us it is interesting to realise that in terms of transportation it seems the logistics are moving over into the slow lane. The bright side of slower transport times is reduced CO2 so take a deep breath of fresh air.