Transportation

Since 1914, when PwC’s Strategy&’s predecessor Booz & Company was founded and undertook its first consulting assignment for the Illinois State Railroad, the transportation industry has been challenged to keep pace with a rapidly changing world. Fundamental shifts in population and economic centers have created demand for new and expanded transportation systems and services. New business models, technologies, regulations, and stakeholder expectations have also had a profound effect on transportation providers. Through all this change, Strategy& has worked with private- and public-sector transportation clients to develop and execute sound strategies and achieve business and organizational goals.

Strategy& consults across all modes of transportation, providing expertise in strategy and policy, operations, organizational design, technology, and infrastructure. Our work with government and commercial clients in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific Region has given us the global perspective and industry know-how to help transportation companies and regulators meet today's business challenges through strategy-based transformation.

Strategy&'s transportation professionals have extensive firsthand knowledge of the industries, markets, technologies, and best practices influencing critical decisions in all modes of transportation. Our professionals understand the complex environment and market dynamics in which companies and agencies operate. Working with carriers, shippers, transportation agencies, and other clients, Strategy& has developed and implemented strategies to improve all aspects of transportation including planning, management, operations, organization, technologies, information systems, and e-business capabilities.

Insights across transportation industry sectors

Strategy& has broad transportation industry knowledge across all modes and markets, and combines modal expertise with deep functional know-how. Whether moving people or goods by land, sea, or air, we support organizations around the world to improve transport services and operations, and help them to deliver results that endure for their shareholders, customers and staff.

We work with transportation leaders worldwide, helping them navigate shifting industry dynamics and apply innovative strategies and technology that achieve profitability, business efficiency, greater infrastructure leverage, improvements in the customer experience, and growth or stability — and create value for stakeholders. Our capabilities extend to the following industry sectors:

  • Aviation and tourism — airlines, airports, aircraft services, distribution and ticketing systems 
  • Package and postal — mail and postal, courier, express, and parcel delivery 
  • Freight — comprising rail, truck, marine, forwarding, contract logistics (3rd party), and logistics integration (4th party) services 
  • Passenger transport — passenger railways and urban transportation, which emcompasses commuter rail, light rail, people movers, bus, and monorails 
  • Infrastructure — Intelligent Transportation Systems, telematics, road systems planning and analysis, strategic and financial management of infrastructure (public-private partnerships), and technology assessment and implementation.

Comprehensive transportation service offerings

Our in-depth knowledge of technology, strategy, policy, and practice allows us to add value at every project stage, from conceptual design through implementation. The multidisciplinary transportation staff provides a broad range of services on assignments spanning divisions in client organizations.

For decades, we have worked with Fortune 500 companies and their equivalents around the globe and government leaders — including commercial carriers and shippers, public transportation agencies, and other clients in the private and public transport sectors — providing thought leadership and robust service offerings that drive innovation and tangible results:

  • Strategy and policy — market analysis, business planning, risk assessment, major investment studies, public-private partnerships, environmental impact analysis, revenue policy and pricing, and marketing and public outreach strategies 
  • Operations — transportation operations and maintenance; asset optimization; supply chain management; contracting, sourcing, and procurement; safety planning, testing, and systems assurance; and security assessments and operations 
  • Organizational change — organizational design, postmerger integration, strategic communications, change management, and training 
  • Information technology — design, development, and installation of asset management, maintenance management, and passenger information systems as well as payroll, human resources, and accounting systems 
  • Transportation technology — systems and telecommunications engineering, rail vehicle control, smart cards, automated fare and revenue systems, radio and wireless communications, and telematics