European logistics have a growing interest in digitalisation and paperless transports. However, they have limited access to the specialized knowledge, technology tools, matchmaking methodologies and logistics data analytics which are necessary building blocks to pursue logistics synergies and innovation.
Hence, it is the ambition of this DIGI-TRANSIT project:
- To stimulate the competitiveness, innovation and sustainability of the logistics in Europe through increased transport and logistics collaboration and data sharing by using e-documents
- To create a trusted, EU anti-trust compliant collaborative environment for transport, shippers and related stakeholders to discuss and apply logistics collaboration, innovation and data sharing
- Evangelize, promote, explore and facilitate a model of cooperation through this community. To actively search for, explore and test collaborative logistics opportunities and data sharing technologies
- To look for logistics synergies, transport flow bundling and data sharing opportunities among the participating logistic companies, simultaneously on 2 tracks:
- “people track”: with focus on networking, cultural and mental shift, evangelization, education and dissemination
- “data track”: with focus on advanced data analytics, network synergy exploration, technology testing, creation of collaborative demo projects and exploitation of results
- To set up a “neutral trustee” structure and flow database that collects, visualizes and analyses the transport and logistics (big) data of the participating logistic companies
- To start with a small group of early believers (min. 5 logistic companies) who are willing to share transport and logistics knowledge, ideas and data in order to identify or create logistics synergies
- To gradually scale up this community, creating a “mental shift” or “snowball effect” with regard to collaborative logistics in Europe
- To disseminate the community progress and results through open information events, networking seminars and workshops across Europe
- To openly share knowledge and connect with logistic supply chain professionals, LSPs, academics, technology providers, ports and industry associations (e.g. EPCA) across Europe as well in other regions
- To keep a pragmatic focus on collaborative logistics quick wins (=no “heavy” or academic R&D)
- To build a pan-European access for government with 785collaborative logistics opportunities
- To connect with other international initiatives aimed at improving transport and logistics efficiency.
Active members of this community will be expected to contribute in one or more of the following 3 ways:
- Time & resources: minimal staff effort, e.g. 12 working days/year
- Logistics data: e.g. sharing of supply chain data with the neutral trustee
- Financial: e.g. annual member fee of EUR XXX (tbc)
If 5 or more logistic companies are willing to express their interest through a Letter of Support, there is a significant chance that the DIGI-TRANSIT Community will receive co-funding from the EU and/or Flanders Region.
Tentative duration: May 2019 – May 2024.