Digital day should be a wake up call

Digitization has been a hot topic for years. To a large extent, at least in the transport and logistics industry it has arrived. But there is still a certain reluctance here. A nationwide digital day could be an initial spark.

On June 19th the time has come: The first digital day starts. Citizens can find all the details on the website With over 1,000 campaigns, the federal government wants to bring the subject closer to its citizens. It is questionable whether this will successful in just one day. But at the very least, it could shake many citizens. According to a representative survey by the digital association Bitkom, digitization is still viewed as a danger by a quarter of the population. Even the 16 to 29-year-olds would give themselves a school grade of only 2.7 if they assessed their digital skills. The average of all Germans is 3.3. In many industries, this in turn means that there is a lack of trained and competent employees.

Complicated applications
A further evaluation of the survey shows what could be the cause, asking which factors and topics represent a hurdle when using digital technologies. Almost two thirds (65 percent) mentioned a lack of user-friendliness and another 58 percent found the operating instructions to be too complicated. At the same time, over half of those surveyed stated that they had no support for questions and problems, and still 39 percent had no idea of ​​the benefits. These are all things that can be resolved by the provider.  Yet there has to be a will to do so.


Source: Digitization is becoming more popular


Lack of know-how
Another level is the general interest in digital processes. 41 percent say they lack the necessary understanding of technology and 34 percent say that they are not interested in digital technologies. This is where the education system should get to work. Because as long as children and adolescents develop little or no media skills and are guided in the process, it will continue to be difficult to dismantle digital barriers.

However, in order to digitize the various branches of industry, it is absolutely essential that children are introduced to digitization in school. Otherwise, the necessary basis is still missing at the latest when these people start their career. This also applies to all professions in the transport and logistics industry. Truck drivers and warehouse clerks also work intensively with digital devices. Appropriate competence is absolutely necessary.

A digital day may therefore wake people up and spark interest. To create the necessary basis, however, basic measures in the education system are required.

Ralf Johanning

Ralf Johanning studied political science and works as a freelance journalist. For over ten years now he reports on the transportation and logistics industry. The priorities include topics such as telematics, software, and ICT. In 2006 the trained editor, Head, and Press Officer founded the editorial office Alte Schule with his partner Ann-Christin Wimber.

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