Final Logicon conference at the 2nd International Physical Internet Conference

JULY 6th to 8th , 2015, Paris

On 8th of July Logicon led an industry session at the 2nd International Physical Internet Conference. The conference was a joint event of Logicon and Modulushca. Among the presentations made new ideas, concepts, approaches, technologies and visions as well as some best practice cases on Physical Internet have been provided.

Keynotes from key stakeholders of supply chains includ manufacturers, retailers, 3PL and academics stimulated the discussions in several sessions focusing on subjects such as KPIs, interconnectivity layers,  steps to achieve intermodality, emerging roles of stakeholders, supply hubs, Internet of Things, handling of boxes vs. pallets and many others. New business models, enabling technologies and experimentations already underway were presented, making the meeting a unique opportunity to learn, network and discuss the latest results and challenges about interconnected logistics.





Solutions from industry pioneers session

JULY 8th , 8:30-9:45

An ‘internet-style’ logistics approach can only work when the required information exchange is effortless. Therefore, in a Physical Internet world communication between actors and systems in the logistic network should be free of any barriers prohibiting the controlled sharing of data. This is particularly true when SMEs are part of the logistic network, traditionally having limited IT capabilities.

LogiCon session was titled „Lean, Secure and Reliable Logistics Connectivity Solutions” and was dedicated to implementations provided in four national Living Labs of a European innovation Project Logicon. Apps, communication platform, market place and information infrastructure that enable stakeholders collaboration were presented as real solutions that improve logistics performance and help stakeholders to connect more efficiently with key market players.

Moderator: Tomasz Dowgielewicz, Institute of Logistics and Warehousing

Ways to Achieve Smoother Communication and Exchnage of Data - Matthijs Punter, TNO

A light-weight, low-cost and flexible infrastructure for sharing data facilitating the development of dedicated apps and services will be presented. The infrastructure is used by Combi Terminal Twente (CTT) for the Twente business community. It has been tested in various cases, e.g. to improve lock planning on an inland waterway supporting both barge operators and Rijkswaterstaat. Or in another case where real time data on available transport links is published on a platform for hinterland transport.



Reinventing Business Models for the New Way of Informamtion Exchange – based on T-scale Intermodal Communication Platform - Piotr Frąckowiak, Baltic Container Terminal

The platform developed by the Baltic Container Terminal from Poland enables information sharing for the hinterland planning processes by all parties involved. Likewise in the Physical Internet initiative all partners of the supply chain can be a part of the same information chain and all base on the same accurate and real time data. Not only the terminal which remains the main operator of the data and beneficiary of the system. Also their customers and operators can update their schedules on the basis of the information shared directly on the terminal which is updated in real time. Better and more realistic delivery planning is therefore possible together with monitoring of the assets movements. Within the same set of information another manifesto of the PI can be satisfied where supply chain partners can share loading space on vehicles.



Innovative market place - Fabio Cartolano, Consorzio IB Innovation

A local market place implemented in in the Bologna Freight village will be presented. It offers a information channel for logistics providers to sell their services and shippers to bind their transport orders for better use of resources in terms of assets as well as human resources (drivers). That targets not only towards Physical Internet’s vision of reducing empty miles and costs but also environmental problems of the region of Emilia Romagna.



The Importance of Easy Access to Information - Addressing the Visibility, Accesability to Data and Payment Processing Challenge - Hector Benito, Carreras

Spanish Living Lab delivered connectivity as well as web and mobile applications for information exchange and management in the transportation chain. These tools enable medium and big transport & logistics companies to engage with SMEs, even with very low technology capabilities such as Smartphone, so they can access to external fleet of the smaller players but still provide the same added value services to final customers (visibility, status of operations and deliveries, automated service request and approval, invoicing). It also reduces management costs of big LSPs that deal with several thousands of smaller carriers to deliver the transport services. The pay per use applications enable these SMEs to participate in complex supply chains and allow interaction with most types of legacy systems using well know communication and information sharing standards (XML, EDI, GS1, ...). This supports physical internet implementations as the developed applications enable small players enter into the Physical Internet network to provide transportation services (providing open access to their resources) and, enabling transition from current situation to the physical internet.



The developments in the Living Labs are of added value for the overall ambition for physical internet, since it is a first local step towards an open global logistics system founded on physical, digital, and operational interconnectivity.

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