In the Year 2020 . . . Transportation

Posted on July 15, 2011


As posted this past past Friday, each day this week I will be providing my take on the top 5 predictions for the year 2020 from Bob Lohfeld’s July 7th Washington Technology article aptly named 5 predictions for the 2020 market.

Today we tackle prediction number 5, transportation.

Lohfeld’s prognostication: While computing will be ubiquitous, we will still be plagued with transportation problems. Traffic will become so congested around major cities that employers will always offer alternative work schedules and telework options. The Washington Beltway will regularly come to a standstill and no longer be considered a reliable transportation corridor. The Tysons Corner area will be in its eighth year of modernizing, and Maryland will be in its 40th year of studying the environmental impact of building an outer beltway. The Silver Line will finally reach Dulles Airport.

I have been to Washington many times via air and car so I am familiar with the region.  Especially Tysons Corner – for some reason every time I drive through Tysons Corner the company of the same name always comes to mind.  Of course I digress, as I would be by limiting today’s post on transportation to the DC area as Mr. Lohfeld has done.

While municipal infrastructure is an important topic, I believe that within the context of this series there is a much broader horizon that must be explored.  Fortunately, this past December I had the opportunity to air two shows on the subject of the future of transportation and as such are pleased to share with you today the insights these discussions provided.

One of Time Magazine's Top 50 Innovators

Along the same lines of a picture being worth a thousand words, audio has to be a close second so here are the Procurement Insights posts with the corresponding links to the on-demand broadcasts relating to transportation titled;  Yesterday’s Interview with one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Innovators Reveals Interesting Opportunities and Conflicts and, When it absolutely, positively, has to be there overnight but . . ..  I know that you will find both of these guests quite interesting, especially Agata Jaworska who’s Made In Transit concept could potentially redefine the term freshness.  The video she produced is also worth viewing.

Suffice to say transportation, especially within the context of an increasingly global supply network is a linchpin component of an overall logistics and supply chain strategy.  It is in essence the glue that holds the interconnecting elements of the end-to-end process from raw material extraction to manufacturing and through to distribution.

Thank you Mr. Lohfeld . . .

Just a quick note of thanks to Mr. Bob Lohfeld for sharing his view on how the world will evolve within the realms of business capture and proposal management.

While I perhaps expanded the application of his prognostications to considerably broader areas of application than he may have originally intended, the fact remains that logistics and supply chain management is an integral part of any strategy.  In reality, logistics and supply chain planning has multiple intersecting touch points within any enterprise be it a public or private sector organization.

As for you my faithful readers, I hope that you have enjoyed reading this week’s series as much as I have enjoyed writing it.