Project LOGICAL – transnational logistics' improvement through cloud computing and innovative cooperative business models - Project website about the transnational logistics cloud project LOGICAL

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LOGICAL will be simultaneously implemented at six major Central European logistics hubs: Leipzig (DE), Bologna (IT), Wroclaw (PL), Záhony (HU), Koper (SI) and Lovosice (CZ). They represent multi-modal infrastructures such as the Airport of Leipzig/Halle (main air hub for DHL in Europe), the largest interior freight village in Northern Italy (Interporto Bologna), one of the most important sea harbours on the Adreatic Sea (Port of Koper) and the largest logistics centre in Hungary. The amount of cargo handled at these locations ranges from almost 1 million tons (e.g. Leipzig, Lovosice) to about 16 million tons (e.g. Koper). All of them represent considerable sources of employment for their wider regions with further growth projected over the next years.

Moreover, the logistics hubs are important backbones of regional economies as their infrastructure had led to the allocation of further logistics companies and manufacturers. In Slovenia, logistics represent one of the sectors that are in the focus of the country‘s economic development policies. The Port of Koper, Slovenia‘s only cargo port, hence is of outstanding importance. The country‘s authorities aim to strengthen its position especially with regard to trade with Asia as the port saves large vessels up to 10 days of navigation compared to the leading ports of Rotterdam and Hamburg. Yet, the port‘s hinterland infrastructure and accessibility to major European transport networks cannot yet compete. Given the closeness to emerging markets in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, a bright future is anticipated for the Port of Koper. The introduction of a highly innovative cloud computing device will help to overcome bottlenecks that limit the hub‘s international competitiveness.

The Port of Koper is closely co-operating with the freight villages of Záhony (HU) and Bologna (IT). Both rely on multi-modal co-operation to further their strategic position within the trans-European transport network. They are home to a large number of enterprises of different size. Both infrastructure providers, pressured from competition with other hubs, are in need to improve the framework conditions for the interoperability of businesses active at their locations. Furthermore, the responsible infrastructure owners are aware that their hub‘s position in the logistics market is strengthened if strong multi-actor alliances contribute to growth and multi-modal development at their locations. Cloud computing is regarded as an important asset in that regard. Triggered by the allocation of DHL‘s main European air hub at Leipzig/Halle airport, the Central German region has quickly become a major player in logistics. Close to East Germany‘s centres of the chemical industry and automotive sector, demand for high-quality services in logistics has grown constantly. Just-in-time demand of both sectors require ever more complex management systems that account for a high share of logistics companies‘ operational costs.

A similar challenge is faced by the operators of the other two participating hubs at Wroclaw (PL) and Lovosice (CZ). Both are operated by their countries‘ leading rail cargo operators and focus on multi-modal transport solutions. Here as well, modern ICT devices are crucial to organise large amounts of freight within short delays. Both face furthermore the challenge that the individualisation of transport demand reduces the attractiveness of cargo trains that must fill up quickly in order to compete with road-bound transport. Cloud computing responds to all those needs in a revolutionary way that integrates and links existing management system and makes them widely accessible at relatively low costs per freight item.