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02. October 2014

Right in the middle of it: EffizienzCluster supports innovations at European level

Largest research and innovation cluster for logistics turns the 31st International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin into a “Meeting Point for Europe”. International cooperation in logistics ... more

  • Largest research and innovation cluster for logistics turns the 31st International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin into a “Meeting Point for Europe”.
  • International cooperation in logistics research projects to be intensified.

“At the moment, there are a lot of thrilling possibilities for logistics companies to get involved in shaping research in Europe and implementing challenging project ideas. It is, however, more important than ever for partners from different European countries to cooperate in leveraging new technologies and solutions together“, says Dr. Christian Jacobi, Chairman of the Board of the EffizienzCluster Management GmbH, in the run-up to the 31st International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin from 22nd to 24th October 2014 in an appeal to logistics companies in Europe to share their knowledge and best practices with each other more in future and to kick off joint projects together. “There are a lot of attractive research fields and the range of calls for tenders is huge.” At the International Supply Chain Conference, international guests will have the chance to discuss these topics with the top representatives in the cluster: The EffizienzCluster lounge at the Schweizerhof will be the “Meeting point for Europe“.

Number of research and innovation projects in Europe to increase

The EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr is the biggest research and innovations cluster for logistics in Europe with around 180 partners from scientific and business communities and 40 research projects organised in seven key topics. In 2010, it was honoured as one of 15 leading edge clusters in Germany by the Federal Government. The EffizienzCluster stands for a significant increase in research and innovation projects in logistics within the European Union. It is their declared aim to integrate companies in the development of comprehensive strategies for research, innovations and market development at a European level. The cluster provides companies with support when it comes to research funding at an operational level, too. Thorsten Hülsmann, Managing Director of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH: “We analyze the potentials for research projects and innovations on the European market both with companies and for companies. At the same time, we bring companies together with the best universities, colleges and institutes for logistics in the whole of Europe and network companies with potential business partners.“

European network is available for companies

For that purpose, EffizienzCluster has built up a well-functioning network in Europe: As co-founder of the European technology platform ETP ALICE (Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe) and member in the Steering Group of ETP, the EffizienzCluster is helping to develop a strategic roadmap for European research funding for logistics. Last but not least, it makes sure that the roadmap includes technological developments relevant to the cluster partners. By means of strategic and operative cooperations with top institutions in European logistics research, such as DINALOG in the Netherlands, or cooperations with organizations and initiatives like the European Intermodal Association EIA, Green Freight Europe or Lean & Green, topics can be dealt with in a European context right from the beginning – this can be important with regard to the standardization of logistic solutions. The EffizienzCluster is also a member of various consortiums in EU research projects.

EffizienzCluster presents the “Kompetenzatlas Europa/European Competency Roadmap“

The EffizienzCluster’s network in Europe and their range of services is presented in the new “Kompetenzatlas Europa” that is to be released at the International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin: This 16 page brochure (German/English) includes contact details for the important European institutions and initiatives which the cluster works with. Anyone interested can ask for the Kompetenzatlas by sending an email to info@effizienzcluster.de. It will also be available to download after the International Supply Chain Conference.

 

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EffizienzCluster Management GmbH
phone: +49 (0) 208 / 7578204
eMail: silke.bruns@effizienzcluster.de    

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04. July 2014
Assoziierte Projekte / log4green

LOG2020 completes Master Class Pilot

The LOG2020 Master Class "Supply Chain of the Future" has passed its baptism: During its pilot that has taken place from January to June 2014, eighteen logistics managers and directors from different European ... more

The LOG2020 Master Class "Supply Chain of the Future" has passed its baptism: During its pilot that has taken place from January to June 2014, eighteen logistics managers and directors from different European countries intensively studied and discussed on challenges and opportunities in Supply Chains in the 21st century. "Both, the participants as well as the participating research institutions gained essential knowledge on a practical and a scientific level," says Henk Zijm, Scientific Director of DINALOG and Chair of the Executive Board of LOG2020. "On this basis we will continue to develop the Master Class further to make it accessible to all logistics executives across Europe."

Designed as an academic executive training program the Master Class consists of five modules, each with three days of attendance. The participating academic institutions from five European countries represent a first-class logistics research and have particular experience with training and continuing education programs in the area of logistics and supply chain management. The certificate of participation in the Master Class was issued by the Antwerp Management School. The pilot modules were held in Eindhoven, Venice, Lund, Antwerp and Dortmund. The pilot started with an introductory module focusing on trends in demography, technology and resource scarcity and the challenges they pose on supply chains. The second module was about ICT in logistics and supply chain management and highlighted amongst others the challenges and opportunities of big data. In the last three modules, the participants discussed about sustainable supply chains from three different perspectives: from a product, process and materials flow perspective.
For the final evaluation of the pilot, the Executive Board of LOG2020 now met in Amsterdam. Two participants reported on site about their impressions and recommendations for further adjustments. In addition to this direct feedback, every participant filled evaluation sheets for all modules. The response was basically positive. The concept and idea behind LOG2020 were highly appreciated. Regarding the content and the transfer of knowledge the participants gave valuable feedback on each of the modules. On this basis, the program will now be adapted and further developed. It will be aligned more closely to the expectations of the target group and supplemented by additional strategic issues. The content will be even stronger directed to the future challenges and technological developments. An important added value of the Master Class was in the composition of the group: The participants – highly qualified and with about 5-20 years of experience in supply chain management – represented different levels and areas of logistics. Everyone was able to contribute his specific view; all participants benefited from this intense exchange across sectors and positions. The scientific approach in the Master Class was consistently perceived as enriching and as impulse to set new priorities in their daily business as well as to think about appropriate changes. The project is performed with the support of the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union.

For more information, please contact Meng Lu, lu@dinalog.de.
 
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05. June 2014
Assoziierte Projekte / log4green

Sustainability thinking on the rise in logistics

• Participants from all over Europe discuss examples of everyday implementation of sustainable processes • Role of end-consumers is proved to be the driving force to shift towards more sustainability Is ... more

• Participants from all over Europe discuss examples of everyday implementation of sustainable processes
• Role of end-consumers is proved to be the driving force to shift towards more sustainability

Is the logistics industry ready to take proactive paths in sustainable logistics or are external requirements needed to make the companies move forward? Do green and sustainable measures pay off at the end of the day? Do logistics service providers offering green solutions realize competitive advantages already?

These and other questions have been discussed at a round table at the transport logistics fair 2013 in Munich. 20 participants from all over Europe, agreed that sustainability thinking gained more and more importance within the last 5 to 10 years. However, even “low-hanging fruits” which combine eco-friendly performance with immediate pay-back (like lessons on eco-efficient driving or energy efficiency in warehouses) are not picked to the fully possible extent. And the high impact needed can only be achieved with a change of perspective: More than the usual one year of return on investment has to be accepted to implement effective long-term sustainability measures.

A concrete example was discussed and examined: The Austrian “Logistics Manager of the Year 2012” Max Schachinger from Schachinger Logistik provided his entrepreneurial experience with the everyday implementation of sustainable processes. Schachinger Logistik does not only follow the “learning organization” approach but is currently building one of Europe’s greenest high-bay warehouses. The wood construction with passive house standards is a long-term investment exceeding regular cost-structures but it already attracts high interest of customers. In addition, the entrepreneur put emphasis on some other benefits: “Investing in the future and in the value of resources – including your own energy – attracts junior staff and helps significantly with my recruitment activities”. Professor Grit Walther from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, presented an overview of the current discussion on internalizing external effects of logistics, disclosure and performance of sustainability measures in supply chains and political objectives regarding CO2 emissions.

The open discussion, moderated by Klaus Krumme, director of the Centre for Logistics & Traffic, the interdisciplinary research and education centre of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, proved the high interest of all stakeholders in sustainability issues.
Starting from the logistics service providers’ point of view, participants agreed that simplifying the supply chains could be an effective and easy way to get leaner & greener. In many cases, there are just too many actors involved. On the other hand, the suggestion to put more effort in technological innovations to achieve a better performance in sustainability was not shared by all participants. Mr. Schachinger requested “to start form the needs and the requirements people have to achieve a high quality of life instead of always starting the discussion from the technological point of view.”

The role of end-consumers as driving forces for the aspired paradigm shift towards more sustainability was addressed: “It is difficult to request more responsibility from the end-consumer” Prof. Walther stated. “Displaying the real costs of a product or the amount of emitted CO2 is not only too complex because of missing standardization, but also because it’s changing almost every day due to different suppliers or new transport routes”.
However, a lot of companies actively use the current “window of opportunity” to get their business ready for the next decade. For a real shift towards sustainability in logistics, shippers & logistics service providers will have to pull in the same direction. Greening the whole supply chain needs stronger cooperation and a joint willingness of both parties. The participants were not sure if this will happen in the near future: Shippers still tend to shorten contracts in order to bargain the cheapest offer. On the contrary, manufacturers start to redesign their supply chains in close cooperation with their logistics service providers. It was stated that the food, retail and pharmaceutical sector are increasingly sensitive to sustainability in supply chains and could act as a role model for other industries. An EU-wide lobbying platform for sustainable supply chains is currently initiated and will support the intersectoral understanding.

In the EU-project “log4green”, 13 partners from six different European countries are working together to shape the future-oriented field of logistics. The aim is to compare the strategies of the European logistics regions with each other to see how their development concepts involve conserving resources. The project also aims to investigate the research potential in fields such as sustainability, conserving resources, multimodal transport and urban supply. The project “log4green” is being implemented as part of the 7th EU Research Framework Program and is also part of the “Regions of Knowledge” program. Since 1984, this program has been bundling European Union activities towards promoting research and research-associated activities
 

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19. March 2014
Assoziierte Projekte / log4green

Future logistics collaboration beyond the LOG4GREEN project

• Facing conservation of resources, reliable urban supply and growing complexity of flows and data through innovative strategies, smart solutions and advanced products • Researchers and companies will ... more

• Facing conservation of resources, reliable urban supply and growing complexity of flows and data through innovative strategies, smart solutions and advanced products
• Researchers and companies will continue to strongly work together

50 researchers and representatives from the industry sector started to do so at the LOG4GREEN Workshop “Tackling Logistics Challenges of Tomorrow” on March 18, 2014 at the International Auditorium in Brussels. The participants coming from 13 European countries exchanged experiences and discussed new ideas in four parallel workshops driven by Log4Green partners. As a result, knowledge and experiences were shared, new partnerships for existing project ideas have been initiated and new project ideas were born.
Introduced by John Berry, Principal Administrator at the European Commission (DG MOVE), the participants agreed that the new HORIZON 2020 program sets perfect conditions for funded collaboration projects. Presenting the broad range of topics and calls within the smart, green and integrated transport program, John Berry stressed that cooperation is one of the key elements in achieving the Commissions objective: a resource-efficient, climate-and-environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless transport system. He encouraged all participants to strongly collaborate and to partake in one of the upcoming calls.

The cooperation work started right away: In four parallel workshops focusing on “Sustainability & Resilience in Supply Chain Management”, “Cooperative Networks for Efficient Intermodality”, “Information Systems in Interconnected Logistics” and “Urban Mobility and Smart City Logistics”, the participants became acquainted with each other while discussing the state-of-the-art research and relevant future calls in the respective field. Concrete future project ideas were brought into focus: The sustainability & resilience group for example framed a project on sustainable food supply chains and networks; within the urban mobility group, a smart city solution based on an app-network for logistics transports of company-owned fleets was discussed; an IT-based solution for decongesting urban traffic was one of the core project ideas in the Information Systems workshop; and the group which focused on Cooperative networks for efficient intermodality defined the premises of how to make a more efficient use of existing EU freight corridors thanks to forecasting systems-related IT solutions as well as a port community systems.

As a result, concrete objectives, potential activities and actors as well as the envisaged impact were compiled for several project ideas. Most participants were highly interested in continuing the initiated cooperation. Inspiration to do so also came from Fernando Liesa, who introduced the European Technology Platform (ETP) ALICE. The platform focuses especially on logistics and aims to accelerate the deployment of more efficient, competitive and sustainable supply chains by providing the European Commission with guidelines coming from the stakeholders themselves. The ETPs primary stakeholders are shippers and logistics service providers – a perfect point of contact for further collaboration!
In the EU-project LOG4GREEN, 13 partners from six different European countries are working together to shape the future-oriented field of logistics. The aim is to compare the strategies of the European logistics regions with each other to see how their development concepts involve conserving resources. The project also aims to investigate the research potential in fields such as sustainability, conserving resources, multimodal transport and urban supply. Other aspects such as the dynamics of innovations, educating a new generation of logistics experts and networking the clusters also play an important role.

The project is being implemented as part of the 7th EU Research Framework Program and is also part of the “Regions of Knowledge” program. Since 1984, this program has been bundling European Union activities towards promoting research and research-associated activities.
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Contact details:

Dagmar Grote Westrick

EffizienzCluster Management GmbH

Phone +49 (0) 208 9925 44

E-Mail: dagmar.grote.westrick@effizienzcluster.de

 

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01. October 2012
Assoziierte Projekte / LOG2020

LOG2020 brings Supply Chain Management to the boardroom level

LOG2020 is a project that aims to develop a European, post academic, education program for Logistic & Supply Chain professionals. The project results in building blocks for a Chief Supply Chain Officer executive ... more

LOG2020 is a project that aims to develop a European, post academic, education program for Logistic & Supply Chain professionals. The project results in building blocks for a Chief Supply Chain Officer executive MBA program. The Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics, Dinalog, took the initiative to set up this project in collaboration with a consortium of European logistic networking organizations and educational institutes in five different countries. The project is performed with the support of the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management becomes increasingly important at the executive level of organizations due to increasing complexity of supply chains, more volatile customer demands, and the expected scarcity of resources. At the same time, educational programs that help managers to deploy logistics and supply chain management at an executive level are often still based on traditional concepts and lack adequate covering of these recent developments. LOG2020 aims to fill this gap by developing an international education program with a strong focus on new challenges in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at a strategic level. The program provides building blocks that can eventually be used to build a joint Chief Supply Chain Officer executive MBA program. Supply Chain management in the board room.
Goods flows are expected to double by 2020 resulting in increased environmental pressure, pressure on available infrastructure, shortages of logistic personnel and a growing need for multimodal transport. Combined with new customer demands related to safety & security, real time information and sustainability, this means traditional logistic concepts will not be sufficient. Innovative logistic concepts involving the entire (international) supply chain are developed and companies need to understand how to deploy these strategically.
To boost change in this sector, it is necessary to start at a strategic level and break traditional patterns. Therefore, priority is given to development of a program for continuous education at post academic executive level. To realize this, a partnership is formed consisting of educational partners from strong logistic regions covering the main European transport corridors.

Program LOG2020

LOG2020 will result in an educational program consisting of five modules. Each module will be developed with input of all the partners and tested during the project. The outcome of LOG2020 will be building blocks that can eventually be used to build a joint Chief Supply Chain Officer executive MBA program. The modules will offer (future) professionals a better structured and equipped curriculum in the field of Logistics & Supply Chain Management in Europe and beyond.

This combination of European partners offers a unique and synergetic advantage in the development and execution of modules for continuing education in a highly interdisciplinary and international area. Together they cover a complete knowledge of different educational systems and disciplines. All partners have state of the art experience and skills related to the specific modules they develop and test. This project has a duration of two years.
The project is performed with the support of the Lifelong Learning Program of the European Union.

For more information, please contact Albert Douma, douma@dinalog.nl

 

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