Is platooning the future of long-distance transport?

Is platooning the future of long-distance transport?

The technology was reliable, less diesel was used and the drivers were also satisfied: in a practical test on the A 9 motorway between Nuremberg and Munich, truck platooning convinced project partners DB Schenker and MAN Truck & Bus. Even if there is still a long way to go until it comes into operation, the initiators are certain that the technology offers great potential.

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A hub for the future of logistics

A hub for the future of logistics

The Digital Hub Logistics in Hamburg has been connecting established companies with start-ups and players from the fields of research and education for two years now. The former warehouse in the city’s Speicherstadt warehouse district is a place where new ideas and business models for the future of logistics are taking shape.

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Why do we fear robots?

Why do we fear robots?

Martina Mara is Professor of Robot Psychology at the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) of the Johannes Kepler University Linz. She is carrying out research on how robots and humans can work well together, and what is key to ensuring we do not fear machines. How can driverless vehicles gain our trust, for example?

Picturing digital logistics

Picturing digital logistics

Have you ever thought about logistics in images? Give it a go! It can offer some fascinating new insights. We present five inspiring perspectives on the changes in the industry, which the speakers at the Wiehler Forum 2019 at BPW Bergische Achsen shared with the top decision-makers from transport and logistics.

‘We need an Elon Musk of long-haul logistics’

‘We need an Elon Musk of long-haul logistics’

Logistics needs to be everything at once: reliable, eco-friendly, flexible, affordable – and ideally invisible, too. Individualisation and digitisation are putting even more pressure on the industry. How can it respond? According to Prof. Dr Gernot Liedtke from the Institute of Transport Research at the German Aerospace Center, the industry needs to show more entrepreneurial spirit and make its own visions a reality.

Logistics juniors: ‘Pitching in rather than waiting around’

Logistics juniors: ‘Pitching in rather than waiting around’

ELVIS juniors have very little to do with rock ’n’ roll – but all the more with digitisation. In fact, junior logisticians at the European Cargo Federation of International Freight Forwarders would rather kick-start the future of digital processes today. But which tools are required to get a company on the right track? The juniors collected tips at a workshop held within BPW’s ideas workshop.

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Who will win the clash of economic systems?

Who will win the clash of economic systems?

Digital transformation is much more than just technology hype. It is putting nearly everything to the test – business models that have been successful for decades as well how we interact with one another in society. To what extent can a social market economy thrive in the face of digitised logistics? What opportunities does Europe have in the clash of economic systems between the USA and China? And how can logistics companies handle these upheavals?

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Will artificial intelligence replace the dispatcher?

Will artificial intelligence replace the dispatcher?

Self-learning algorithms can radically change transport and logistics by enabling real-time tracking. This is no longer just a theory, but actual reality for companies in the industry: the online haulier Cargonexx has built its business model on artificial intelligence, and forwarder Hubertus Kobernuß is linking up with the start-up Evertracker. Why is it important to take action now?

Why digital transformation starts with your own employees

Why digital transformation starts with your own employees

Digitisation, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things demand a great deal from those involved in the logistics industry. These challenges are inescapable: change has become a must. How can companies tackle digital transformation and secure their futures? Find out here why you will fall behind without outside input and how decision makers can now take the wheel.

„Digital Hubs“ for Germany

„Digital Hubs“ for Germany

Digital Hubs Germany is an initiative launched by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the industry association Bitkom. Its ambition is to trigger international awareness and appeal. It is a framework within which companies can interact and work together with business start-ups.

Digital transformation: Where does your company stand?

Digital transformation: Where does your company stand?

As part of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs’ Mittelstand-Digital initiative, the BSP Business School Berlin has developed a guide to help companies determine their current level of digital maturity. Dr Thomas Thiessen, dean of BSP and head of the Mittelstand 4.0 Centre of Excellence in Communications, explains the keys to a successful digital transformation.

Digital Pioneer

Digital Pioneer

BPW has been named a ‘digital champion’: in this interview, managing partner Michael Pfeiffer explains where the company stands when it comes to digitalisation – and which strengths it can display along the way.

The power of fascination

The power of fascination

People are curious by nature: we want to investigate technologies, optimise processes and advance ourselves economically. Fascination is a key stimulus for change and thus the driving force for progress.

Leading the world

Leading the world

Inventors and thinkers have made Germany one of the world’s most innovative nations. Research is now receiving intensive support so that this strength is maintained and developed.

Recognising logistics trends and harnessing potential

Recognising logistics trends and harnessing potential

Observers are forecasting a variety of trends for the logistics industry. Where should companies be focusing their attention, and which paths should they be taking? Experts recommend sober analysis and are helping to extract useful information from the wealth of available data.