Located in between old Member States and emerging markets in the East, Central Europe’s logistics sector has an enormous potential for growth and employment. Challenged by rising demands on just-in-time delivery and increasing environmental costs of cargo transport, the interoperability of logistics businesses has become a key precondition for the competitiveness of logistics hubs. High transaction costs due to different standards in management programmes represent bottlenecks especially for the collaboration between small logistics businesses and global players with own systems. Latest technological developments and applied research have demonstrated that cloud computing has the potential to overcome this deficit concerning the interoperability of actors at one hub. Moreover, a multi-cloud concept may facilitate the transnational collaboration in logistics as it enables collective cargo transport by sustainable means (e.g. train instead of individual road transport).
LOGICAL’s objective is to enhance the interoperability of logistics businesses of different sizes, to improve the competitiveness of Central European logistics hubs through a decrease of transaction costs (better access to systems of global players), and to promote collective (sustainable) modes of transport (multi-modal co-operation). LOGICAL partners will elaborate a universal standard for cloud computing in logistics, develop beta-versions and test it for a period of one year, realise capacity building measures, and bring a transnational cloud computing tool to full operational capacity. Transnational collaboration is essential in order to deliver a transferable approach to which further logistics hubs can adhere to. Beneficiaries of the project are especially small logistics companies that can reduce their transaction costs and hence ability to collaborate with global players. Cloud computing furthermore enhances the hubs’ attractiveness for business activities in logistics. schematic representation of cloud computing (reference: University of Leipzig – Information Systems Institute)