Can Transportation Management Reduce Litigation?

February 27, 2019
Can Transportation Management Reduce Litigation?

Here’s an unusual top 10 list: The top 10 areas in transportation management that could have a positive impact on decreasing supply chain litigation.

Coming from an attorney specializing in transportation and logistics-based litigation, half of this list involves truck technology such as event data recorders, collision management systems, semi-electric trucks, automatic transmissions and self-driving trucks.

This post is based on the Supply Chain Management Review article, Supply Chain Attorney Shares Top 10 Transportation Issues to Track, by Alycen A. Moss, February 12, 2019. Image source: Comstock Images / Alamy.

Discussion Questions:

1. Will the truck technologies listed in the top 10 list encourage or discourage people to seek jobs as drivers in the future? Why or why not?

Guidance: Students will likely enjoy the debate about becoming a truck driver in the future.  Some will no doubt argue that truck driving will be boring if technology makes driving too easy.  Others will naturally take the view that the driver shortage may be eliminated by having technology make the job easier and thus more appealing.

The instructor may want to follow up the discussion by asking who envisions a larger labor pool, vs a smaller labor pool, of future truck drivers, given the technologies in development.

2. Review risk mitigation strategies. Ask students to map the risks and associated risk mitigation strategies noted in the top 10 list as applied to FEDEX.

Guidance: This activity encourages critical thinking.  Ask different students or student teams to present their risk mitigation framework to the class.  Follow up with an expanded discussion of other risks to the supply chain for FEDEX.  (Likely entailing a web search about FEDEX operations, etc.).

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