The digital transformation of the transportation and logistics industries charged ahead in 2018. In the auto industry, Waymo made history by launching the first commercial self-driving ride-hailing service in the US. Electric scooters exploded into the public consciousness, headlining a broader push toward micromobility services. At the same time, booming online retail sales have sent freight volume soaring, creating a massive opportunity for digitally native logistics services to disrupt the shipping process and make it faster and cheaper. We expect digital forces to continue changing the face of transportation and logistics in 2019. Here are five ways we predict that will take shape:

1) Amazon will test its third-party delivery service in earnest, enlisting one of its top sellers to help. Amazon's logistics ambitions are both well-documented and much-hyped. The firm currently counts hundreds of trucks, delivery vans, and warehouses around the globe. This shipping capacity has led to speculation that Amazon will eventually launch its own standalone delivery service for third-party merchants. Over the course of 2018, Amazon's delivery ambitions came into greater focus, and speculation about the service may soon give way to reality. In February it reportedly started trialing a last-mile delivery service for select merchants on its platform, and in June it launched a program that helps other firms create their own delivery companies that [...]