Understanding the impact of 3D Printer on the global transportation industry

Turning travel transportation challenges into opportunities for excellence

To succeed in today’s ultra-competitive world, travel transportation companies need to address an increasingly complex array of issues and seize exciting new opportunities faster than their competitors. They must continue to pursue operational excellence and drive collaboration across corporate functions and members of the emerging ecosystem. In short, industry leaders must operate effectively in a constantly changing environment, and IBM’s travel and transportation consulting experts understand these challenges and bring their extensive industry experience, business insight, and extraordinary technology to help companies meet the challenges they face every day.

Modern consumption, design, production, transportation, selection and final delivery are all interconnected in an unbreakable way. The practical constraints inherent in each step of this chain of activity are naturally reflected in the entire process. For this reason, just like a well-designed but undeliverable product, a well-designed but unworkable plan is commercially useless. This fact leads to a rising demand for all transportation services – moving raw materials, transporting intermediate products and components, and, of course, delivering finished products to wholesalers, retailers, and the users who buy them.

This close interdependence also has another, more subtle consequence, in that a leap forward in any one area can have a huge impact on the others and change the way the entire consumer ecosystem works. On the surface, 3D Printer can change the foundations of modern consumerism and the role that transportation companies play in it.