Tuesday, August 7, 2018

What Modes and Technology Will We Use to Travel and Ship Goods in the Future?

Logistics Trade Fair Looks to the Future of the Supply Chain
Shipping News Feature
GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – To say logistics is changing would be, to say the least, a little naïve. Logistics and the methods and technologies used in the supply chain to ship goods around the globe have, by their very nature, changed as the world around them did so. Successive generations see faster communications and modes of transport, but sometimes the pace of change is much quicker than hitherto, and we may well be living in such an era.

Everything concerning the industry is being affected by advancing science, and the title of the forthcoming Hypermotion event sums up the situation succinctly. Being held from 20 to 22 November 2018 in Frankfurt the event, a mixture of interactive trade fair, conferences and the Hypermotion Lab with pitches and talks, focuses on intelligent systems and solutions for mobility, transport, logistics and digital infrastructure.

This, the second such event, will be showcasing fascinating topics that are important to all of us. How are traffic and transport systems changing as a result of digitisation and decarbonisation? What can be done to make logistics and mobility chains in smart cities and digital regions individual and intermodal? How will this impact established players, and what opportunities does this present for all involved? What can be done to create logistics and mobility chains that are individually tailored and personalised for the end customers?

Here, the focus will be on disruptive ideas and intelligent networking for traffic and logistics systems. Participants run the gamut from large corporations and SMEs to start-ups and representatives from the fields of science, academia, policy-makers and associations and so far some sixty companies have confirmed their participation.

In addition to a roster of returnees that includes the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and partners Logistics Alliance Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and NOW GmbH (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology), there are numerous newcomers, such as BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe), DHL, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik GmbH, inno2grid GmbH, IVU Traffic Technologies, JobRad, Linde Material Handling, Metropolis Service, SAP, SSI Schäfer, Swisslog, Synfioo GmbH, Technical University of Munich with the TUM Living Lab Connected Mobility and ViaVan GmbH.

The event will also include the sixth EXCHAiNGE, an international event focusing on supply chain management, finance, logistics and purchasing. This is where supply chain experts and operations managers get together to discuss Management 4.0 topics pertaining to new work and digital business whilst the s=mc2 – Smart Mobility Conference + Communication deals with sustainable urban mobility. Its goal is to develop and implement green city master plans with 60 German cities.

At the ITS Congress everything revolves around intelligent transport systems and services that allow for safe, secure, sustainable and clean mobility of the future – and which will be shaping the move towards increasingly digitised mobility. To this end, flagship projects from Germany and throughout Europe will be presented as elements of a digitisation roadmap. All three of these events take place on 20 and 21 November.

On the first day of the event a conference entitled ‘App meets reality’ in the Public Mobility Forum will be illuminating the manner in which digitisation is transforming public transport and the basic services that must function if travellers are to view the environmental alliance as an attractive and modern part of public mobility.

On 21 November 2018, the Fraunhofer Mobility Infusion explores how future mobility will look and delves into the role that will be played by data in the mobility of the future. Keynote speeches and interesting discussions will take the audience on a journey into the future of mobility. At the ‘Digital 4.0 meets business traveller 2.0’ conference on the same day, the theme will be business mobility and solutions employing artificial intelligence, predictive analysis and the use of real-time information that can increase the efficiency of business travellers.

Meanwhile November 22 sees the Logistics Digital Conference (LDC!) addressing a series of exciting topics, including artificial intelligence in the supply chain, the future of freight transport and start-ups in the field of logistics and transport, and the 6th ZEIT CONFERENCE on Logistics and Mobility will be exploring ways in which diesel bans can be avoided. There will also be another topic on the agenda: ‘Entering the digital future together: How innovations in mobility and logistics are made possible’.

The Hypermotion Lab offers newcomers a stage and opportunities for future success, as well as expert talks. This is where young mobility and logistics firms present their business ideas and projects with elevator pitches, while finalists from respected companies fight to win the coveted Supply Chain Management Award. Furthermore, entrepreneurs tell stores of their failures, as well as their successes, and investors offer up-and-coming entrepreneurs tips on how to set up their own firms.

At the Vision Mobility Think Tank, everything revolves around tomorrow’s mobility and how we might see ourselves travelling in future as increased urbanisation demands new connectivity and mobility concepts. Details of the full programme can be seen HERE.

Online ticket sales for the trade fair and conferences have already begun, and anyone booking tickets before the end of September can take advantage of special pre-early booking rates.