When the robot rings the doorbell

January 2022

With the BeIntelli project, the Technische Universität Berlin, together with many partners, is researching how intelligently networked mobility can function in the city.

Secure and smart processes thanks to blockchain

December 2021

The digitisation of logistics is advancing rapidly. A Fraunhofer research team in Dortmund is developing blockchain technologies that can be used to map a wide variety of processes and transactions in a legally secure and tamper-proof manner.

Fresh energy from the roof

November 2021

The large roof surfaces of box bodies, with their attractive sunny position, are ideal for generating renewable energy. A Fraunhofer research team is therefore testing new concepts for vehicle-integrated photovoltaics.

Smart and networked up to the last mile

September 2021

The mobility of tomorrow is smart, networked, electrified and automated - and the implementation is already much further along than some would expect: This is how the findings of the 13th Mobility Science Forum at the University of Duisburg-Essen can be summarized.

Frozen pizza delivered by cargo bike

August 2021

Cargo bikes for the last mile are now considered the ultimate in sustainable city logistics. In Cologne, the Rewe delivery service, together with Ecocarrier, relies on the use of vans and cargo bikes. What actually constitutes bicycle logistics? Which bikes are the first choice? And is the bike ultimately faster than a vehicle with a combustion engine?

Electric ducks instead of trucks

April 2021

With an electrically driven, automated "Ducktrain", the Aachen-based company DroidDrive wants to make logistics in inner cities more efficient, cleaner and quieter: With its pallet-sized carts, the "Ducktrain" offers space for parcel shipments and other goods to be transported into the city.

“AI improves all areas of logistics”

March 2021

Die TH Köln macht den Studierenden herausragende Lehrangebote zum Thema „künstliche Intelligenz in der Logistik“. Dafür erhielt das Logistikteam der TH jüngst den Hochschulpreis Güterverkehr und Logistik des Bundesverkehrsministeriums, der 2020 unter dem gleichnamigen Motto stand. Prof. Stephan Freichel erklärt, wo künstliche Intelligenz (KI) schon heute in der Praxis angekommen ist und wie sich Führungskräfte für die Zukunft aufstellen sollten.

Collective responsibility for climate protection

June 2020

Freight transport accounts for a large proportion of global CO2 emissions. The greenhouse gas is considered to be the biggest contributor to climate change. So what responsibility do companies in the transport and logistics sector have for climate protection, and how can they deal with it?

‘Private vehicles have no place in city centres’

May 2020

Cities are full and our transport infrastructure is reaching its maximum capacity. However, it is not the vehicles that supply supermarkets, retail outlets and construction sites that need the most space, but rather private vehicles. How can this be reduced? This is what two experts from Hamburg discuss on motionist.com: Professor Gesa Ziemer, Head of the City Science Lab at Hafencity University, researches mobility in the cities of tomorrow. Hans Stapelfeldt, Network Manager at Logistik-Initiative Hamburg, is responsible for implementing the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) strategy and the ITS World Congress 2021.

Is platooning the future of long-distance transport?

February 2020

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.

A hub for the future of logistics

February 2020

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.

Picturing digital logistics

January 2020

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.

City logistics: what will solve the problem?

November 2019

Given that online trade is booming in Germany, logisticians should actually be happy. After all, an increasing number of orders also means a greater number of assignments for them. But what if the number of parcels continues to rise to unimagined heights? Are logistics in the city then the problem or the solution? At the Moving City event, the industry considered new logistics approaches and technologies to cover the last mile.

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

November 2019

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’

September 2019

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.

Autonomous driving in cities – opportunity or risk?

July 2019

The transport infrastructures of large cities are reaching the limits of what they can handle. The roads are becoming congested with an increasing number of delivery services and individual mobility solutions. Is autonomous driving the answer? Would it make urban mobility safer, more efficient and cleaner – or would it just mean even more vehicles on city roads, thus causing the system to break down completely?

Wanted: smart mobility concepts for city logistics

July 2019

How can metropolises rescue themselves from gridlock? How can the logistics for the last mile or the last hundred metres be made more efficient and more environmentally friendly? The University of Duisburg-Essen’s eleventh Scientific Forum for Mobility came up with some exciting responses to these questions – from high-speed transport pods and underground transportation to retrofitting with electric drives.

Will artificial intelligence replace the dispatcher?

June 2019

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?

Smart solutions for city logistics

March 2019

Life in the city is becoming more and more convenient, thanks in part to new logistics services.
To ensure that these are organised in the most resource-friendly way possible, logistics providers, customers and cities need to collaborate on innovative solutions for the last mile.

Der Beitrag Smart solutions for city logistics erschien zuerst auf motionist.

Digital transformation: Where does your company stand?

February 2019

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.

The power of fascination

September 2018

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

September 2018

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.

Artificial intelligence in city logistics

May 2018

The founders of Urbismart are all over 50, so they refer to their business as an “old men’s start-up”. It is specifically their experience in transport and logistics, digitisation and warehouse automation that led them to the idea of using artificial intelligence to optimise city logistics.

Model region for city logistics

May 2018

Hanover aims to investigate and test future-proof logistics concepts for urban areas in a project entitled “Urban logistics of the future”. Residents are closely involved in this undertaking.

The digital city

May 2018

Modern technologies should help to simplify urban living. Technical progress can optimise processes, cut costs and facilitate mobility. Pioneering cities such as Santander in Spain are already implementing a number of ideas.

Recognising logistics trends and harnessing potential

May 2017

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.