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Indonesia's trucking industry grapples with digital gap

COVID adds to pressure on drivers facing delivery challenges in island nation

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted inefficiencies in Indonesia's trucking industry.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Overland logistics pose daunting challenges in Indonesia -- an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands that comprises Southeast Asia's largest economy. And with the coronavirus pandemic increasing demand for deliveries, there is an acute need for digitalization and greater efficiency.

According to a report last year by Katadata Insight Center and logistics and warehouse aggregator Shipper, the industry has been "slowly adopting" digitalization at varying speeds, while "intermediaries along the supply chain remain fragmented."

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