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Fleet activity recovering quickly from Covid-19

Webfleet Solutions and Geotab launched a new dashboard that analyses data from more than 3 million connected vehicles around the world to help visualise the impact of COVID-19 on commercial vehicle activity. Beverley Wise, Sales Director UK at Webfleet Solutions, and David Savage, Regional Manager UK at Geotab, spoke to The Logistics Point about the dashboard. Construction activity is similarly high in most

Webfleet Solutions (Beverley Wise, Sales

Director UK): On the whole, the dashboard has reported positive trends regarding how fleet activity is recovering across Europe and North America. Since we launched on 27 May, we’ve seen steady week-on-week growth in all countries - given the severity of the pandemic, it has been a remarkable effort from the global supply chain and fleet kicked in, delivery stop times began to


Canada and Germany, for instance, had both returned to pre-COVID-19 baseline activity levels (or even higher) by June, while France, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and the USA are all above 90%. Spain and the UK are now at 75% and 71% respectively, though they have also trended regions, with the lowest regional rates of activity in the mid-80s (Spain, UK and Italy). countries, though does drop below 80% in one country - the UK at 75%.

The dashboard has also brought some additional learnings and causes of optimism. Take contact-free delivery, as one example. ‘Delivery time’ data in the UK seemed fairly unchanged, in the first half of March.

However, just as ‘lockdown’ measures upwards since the launch of the dashboard.

reduce significantly, as many businesses made the switch to delivering products with no-contact. The data suggests there is a huge opportunity for last-mile delivery

Geotab (David Savage, Regional Manager UK):

Across the three industries we are

tracking, similarly positive trends play out though not all industries are recovering at quite the same pace. Freight transportation is at above 100% of activity in several

services to adopt this strategy in the long term, to save time and boost productivity.

" The UK’s trajectory is

closest to that of Spain’s, though Spain’s activity fell sooner and is now recovering

slightly faster. "

How does the UK compare to other nations? What reasons could there be for the differences?

Webfleet Solutions (Beverley Wise): Of the countries measured on the dashboard, the UK shows the lowest levels of commercial fleet activity (as of 15th June) - currently sitting at 71%. It has, however, been slowly rising over the past month after a long period (March 25 to May 12) where it didn’t rise above 60%.

Key trends

The UK’s trajectory is closest to that of Spain’s, though Spain’s activity fell sooner and is now recovering slightly faster. Meanwhile, France and Italy reported similarly low or lower figures for prolonged periods - but have recovered more swiftly and are both now closing in on 100% of activity.……..

While the Netherlands and Poland also took prolonged dips in activity, neither ever dipped as low as the UK at its lowest. Again, both countries began their recovery sooner and are now above 90%. ✷

According to the Commercial Mobility Recovery Dashboard, commercial vehicle activity in Europe dropped as much as 36% during the pandemic, whereas North American commercial vehicle activity only dropped by 20% at its lowest point. At launch, the dashboard shows that last week, excluding holidays, commercial vehicle activity in Europe (May 18 - 20) reached 86% of its normal activity levels while commercial vehicle activity in North America (May 19 - 22) was at 90%.

Of all European nations, Germany had the most radically different trajectory to the UK’s, having never dropped below 80% (excluding holidays and weekends) throughout the period measured on our dashboard.

How can companies use it to evaluate their strategies and the wider logistics market?

Geotab (David Savage):

Now more than ever, the access to anonymised and aggregated data is a vital component in analysing the impacts on our economy, and ultimately helps to inform critical decision-making in logistics.

The dashboard will help businesses and customers use the data to understand how their commercial activity levels compare relative to regional norms, for example, so that they can shape their own recovery plans with more confidence. WIth a bigger-picture view of variables like costs, fuel economy, average speeds,driving behaviour and delivery times, the value of connected fleet data becomes clear: as the situation continues to evolve almost daily, businesses will be able to understand, analyse and implement changes in their fleet and supply chain strategy and get to impact more quickly.

Beyond that, we also see governments as being able to leverage the data, to understand the immediate impact and inform future policy decisions.

What are your plans for the dashboards? Can it be used to analyse the market post-Covid?

Webfleet Solutions (Beverley Wise): The dashboard will be updated on a weekly basis for the foreseeable future. There is no set timeline for how long the dashboard will be in operation, we anticipate at least 6 months.