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The human factor in transport and logistics

January 2023

There is a lack of truck drivers and many other logistics professionals: and the skills shortage is putting pressure on the industry. Which is exactly why a greater focus needs to be placed on the human factor again, says Johannes Berg, managing director of Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg, in a motionist interview.

Transportation in new realms

December 2022

German company Volocopter wants to use electrically powered drones to transport people and goods in the air. This could become reality in around two years, since the technology is already mature and many investors support the idea. Now all that's missing is certification so the aircraft can be allowed in cities.

How can we prevent gridlock?

December 2022

Every day we are greeted with cars lined up bumper to bumper: permanent traffic jams have become the routine in many metropolitan regions. The powers that be in towns and cities are looking for ways out of the gridlock which are in line with the road traffic law reform according to new concepts for stable, functioning urban logistics.

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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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Safely transporting heavy loads to their destination

January 2023

23-year-old Larissa Weis escorts the transportation of prefabricated house modules and heavy construction machinery. She drives throughout Germany on behalf of BF3-Begleitservice Krakow to ensure trucks transporting heavy loads safely reach their destination. Find out how it all works, the challenges she faces and what she loves about her job in our interview and podcast.

Spreading happiness one shoe box at a time

December 2022

Holger Philipowski, Branch Manager of Quehenberger Logistics DE GmbH, helps ensure that hundreds of thousands of boxes full of presents are distributed every year to children in need around the world: He organises the transport for the "Weihnachten im Schuhkarton" (Christmas in a Shoe Box) campaign from Berlin to Eastern European countries, thereby showing how logistics does good.

”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.

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This semi-trailer combination can carry more than 144 tonnes of logs over selected routes in the Kaingaroa Forest, the largest forest on the North Island of New Zealand.

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It’s all a matter of pressure

January 2023

With BPW AirSave, tyre pressures can be automatically checked and controlled. This prevents downtimes, saves on costs and, in addition to greater safety, also offers ecological advantages. The Danish haulier, Leif Riget, uses the system.

How quiet is the BAX e-truck?

October 2022

The "Quiet Logistics Manual" is intended to provide companies with decision-making aids when selecting vehicles for nighttime logistics. A consortium led by Fraunhofer IML is measuring the noise emitted by different models - from 7.5-tonne trucks to heavy goods vehicles.

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.