Review of the ICT Tools supporting green logistics developed in the INTERREG transport projects

(by TransBaltic Feb2012)

"The comparative analysis shows that all of the tools are focused on transport decisions optimisation particularly on the preparation phase of a transport process concerning delivery planning, modal choice as well as selection of a logistics services provider.

Functionality of some from the tools manifolds however they present different level of stakeholders´ needs coverage. Some of them provide market information enabling choice of an optimal transport scenarios. The other offer supply chain management based on electronic data interchange between co-operating partners.  There are also original solutions taking account of environmental or weather aspects of the delivery planning process.

This elaboration may be introductory for further discussions about possibilities of tools´ integration on common regional e-logistics platform. "

The reviewPDF

Further information from:
Leszek Andrzejewski
Institute of Logistics and Warehousing  
T   + 48 61 850 48 79  
leszek.andrzejewski@ilim.poznan.pl
www.transbaltic.eu

Executive summary
An intensive development of logistics industry may be observed for dozen years. Efficient logistics became one of the most important factors of competitiveness for each company equally to price or quality of a product. This resulted in growing demand for the ICT solutions optimizing transport and logistics activities.
This is the reason that nearly each of the transport oriented research projects implemented under INTERREG program shows an ambition to develop an ICT tool being supportive for the freight transport decision makers in different phases of transport services.
Some of the projects have established umbrella co-operation in greening transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region. One of possible cooperation areas may be the use of Information and Communication Technologies in optimizing transport and logistics performance of enterprises.

The ambition of this study is to prepare an overview report on ICT tools being built within relevant projects. in particular, we would like to:
• make description of a tool and its functionalities, including users´ profile, expected bottlenecks and challenges in the implementation phase.
• define synergies between individual tools and formulate recommendations for the further steps (like research areas, pilot cases etc).
In a further part of the study a proposal of integration of the developed ICT tools on common Internet platform is submitted, realizing that it is rather distant-future vision since the tools shall prove its´ usefulness and meet market acceptance first.

Uppdated: 2012-02-10
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