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Collaboration the key to clever urban logistics

August 2022

The best logistics solutions are those that aren't needed in the first place. That is the opinion of Professor Ani Melkonyan-Gottschalk, Managing Director of the Centre for Logistics and Transport (ZLV) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She argues that individual logistics solutions alone are not enough to meet the challenges of urban infrastructure and that instead dual-purpose concepts hold the key to a sustainable logistics future.

“Mobility is a design task”

July 2022

What mobility matrix will shape our towns and cities in the future and how can a people-centric mobility revolution be successful? Claudia Fischer-Appelt, designer and communications expert, has been working on transforming mobility as we know it for years. In this interview, she outlines possible opportunities and potentially innovative ideas for a more sustainable movement of goods.

More vegetarians – more refrigerated transport?

May 2022

People are eating more consciously - this has an impact on food logistics. Julia Kleineidam, research assistant in the Logistics Department headed by Professor Frank Straube at the Technical University of Berlin, reports in an interview on the challenges and perspectives she sees for the industry.

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Idle kilometres saved by the Bavarian-Shuttle

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Trailer refrigeration without direct emissions

April 2022

The requirements for low-emission and quiet transport, particularly in inner-city logistics, are increasing. An efficient, autonomously driven trailer refrigeration solution from collaboration partners Thermo King and BPW is designed to sustainably improve the ecological balance. Field trials are currently underway and series production is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Study: E-trucks lead the way in terms of cost efficiency

August 2021

Which technology is winning the race when it comes to zero emissions in the commercial vehicle sector? According to a recent study by the non-governmental organisation Transport & Environment, battery-electric long-haul trucks and trolley trucks come out on top in a comparison of total cost of ownership.

“The industry has a Herculean task to tackle”

January 2021

In order for logistics to make its contribution to climate protection, it needs new drive concepts in road freight transport. The demand on politicians: they should ensure clarity in the funding landscape! Representatives from politics and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) discussed this at the online conference "Politics meets Logistics".

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”Social Dumping is happening!”

October 2022

Everyone is looking for male and female truck drivers – Diana Krug trains them. The coordinator for the training of professional drivers at the vocational college in Simmerath knows what makes this profession attractive, what needs to be done to combat the shortage of drivers and how she motivates the next generation to keep at it and go further.

Dealing with challenges in logistics

September 2022

Transport and logistics decision-makers are under a lot of pressure. Mental and movement coach Maria Senz explains how they can deal with this pressure and even use it productively.

“We will soon have conditions like in Britain”

August 2022

Nürburgring in July 2022, a Saturday afternoon on the sidelines of the Truck Grand Prix. We are in contact with professional drivers Peter Matthies, René Werner and Michael Finkbeiner, who is also a freight forwarder. They talk about their challenges – and explain why they still love their job.

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Der Beitrag Historic trucks on tour erschien zuerst auf motionist.

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Telematics as a super tool

September 2022

The Schwarzmüller Group refers to the trailers that it manufactures as real super tools. The company, with its headquarters in Austria, stands for individual transport solutions that far surpass the established standard. The vehicles have exceptional system properties that are designed to bring noticeably more added value – this also includes a special telematics concept.

Constructive partnership: Hestal and Tirsan Solutions are developing a new trailer sliding roof

June 2022

In a joint development project, BPW subsidiary Hesterberg & Söhne and trailer and tanker manufacturer Tirsan Solutions have developed a new type of sliding roof system for Curtainsider trailers: the Hestal Roof has set new standards in terms of handling, durability and efficiency – and shows how a constructive partnership can produce solutions with added value.

Bulk transport in XXL

May 2022

16 axles, a proud 32 metres in total length and a gross combination mass of 116 tonnes: The Roadtrain from MGM Bulk and Bruce Rock Engineering, which is used in mining in Australia, sets special standards.