‘Mobility’ has become the new buzzword in the transport management industry as companies offer smarter ways for stakeholders to move their goods, services and people whilst reassessing the needs and wants of such movements.
What is Corporate Mobility?
All local, regional and international goods transport and personal travel needs and wants of an organisation, inclusive of all factors of the needs and costs of movements.
What is Mobility Management?
Analyzing mobility needs, personnel, facilities, processes, policies and products required to determining demand, supply, control policy, manage and financially viable in transport operations.
Companies and transports units aware what CPK and TCO is. Almost all measure and aware what the CPK (Cost per Kilometre) is and some even the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). But the boundaries between Fleet, Transport, Travel and Expense Management are blurring; continued convergence and adoption of Mobility Management is expected, covering multi modal solutions for local & international travel and transportation needs.
Today, the mobility needs are on a fundamental transformation from private transport to a shared, more door-to-door and integrated approach. Mega Trends like urbanization, pollution, congestion, connectivity, and globalization are powering the shift away from private vehicle ownership to new business models like car and load sharing, ride-hailing, integrated mobility, and dynamic shuttles.
Technology enabled devices can now deliver real-time, door-to-door, multi-modal travel and transport services that yield convenience, time and cost savings. This disrupts the way we think of transportation and force today’s corporate and government institutions to revisit their mobility need evaluation and management.
Next comes what tools available for Transport units too revisit its needs, resources and strategies. With the use of IoT, and Design Thinking strategies transport units may transform to profit centers, from the conventional cost center augmenting its initial objectives
We live in an era of experiences, and we’ve come to have high expectations for these experiences. They are becoming more complex in nature as information and technology continues to evolve.
TCM Approach – A Paradigm Shift in Transport Management
TCM is all about smart and strategic thinking to remodel goods or products mobility. Multi model transportation, hub concepts, facility relocation, shared and last mile services, demand management and the traditional JIT practices come in to play a synergystic game in the modern mobility management.
As for staff transport, the concept of TCM or Mobility Management simply allows employees to receive a mobility budget instead of a car allowance. This budget acts as a financial incentive that drives employees to choose sustainable means of travel. Instead of calculating costs per car in the TCO model, the TCM approach considers all aspects of mobility. Thus, the costs are calculated per mobility user.
In the TCM model, the fleet and travel functions are combined as one in the same IT platform since these functions are two different manifestations of mobility. IoT therefore provides the opportunity to reduce corporate spending while offering effective and better options to employees in these functions.
Technologies from AI to cryptocurrency and online shopping are changing how we live and what it means to be human. CEO’s and IT leaders must help their organizations adapt in this changing world.
Rise and Role of the Mobility Manager
Traditionally, companies use a Transport or Fleet manager to manage company vehicles. This role has become the point of managing all transport-related expenditures over time.
But with the IoT, this role has evolved to a more data-centric decision making role which includes the need assessment as well with varying new options of transportation.
This has led to the transition of the ‘transport manager’ into a ‘mobility manager’, whose key responsibility is to start from need analysis, holistic costs, and value of the movements.
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