Freight documents are mostly paper-based which makes proper handling and handover uncontrolled. The data and signatures in these documents are rarely provided in time for forwarders, shipping agents, carriers and insurance companies. Furthermore, the paper-based system throws the gates wide open for fraud and errors. Despite all the shortcomings – the CMR remains important as it is used in tax, duty and accounting processes. One thing is clear - all of these issues can be fixed by digitizing this document.
Our project is based on the international “e-CMR” standard, which is in the process of ratification in most EU countries right now.
The benefits of digital freight documents:
- cutting process costs by making use of automation potential
- fast real-time access to data for all involved parties through direct connection to Transportation Management Systems
- exact protocolling of data changes (currently changes are noted in hand-writing on each CMR copy)
- immediate digital proof-of-delivery after the last signature
- easily archivable and traceable, in case of inspections
The co-creation project: "Blockchain Initiative Logistics“
Digitizing freight documentation has major benefits for companies like carriers and forwarders. The potential grows even further, when several market participants agree on a common standard. For that reason, a joint effort by market leaders DB Schenker and LKW Walter has been started, to find a standardized solution for the industry. GS1/editel is also part of the consortium and in charge of ensuring the implementation is based on international standards. Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien is supporting the project academically. The Austrian Logistics Association (BVL) is helping to market the standard within the industry. EY is taking a coordinating role within the consortium as well as leading the implementation.
The goal of the consortium is to develop a commercial platform that can go live in 2021. The platform will be operated jointly by forwarders and third-party logistics providers. Furthermore, the platform will be available for use by other forwarders, carriers, companies etc. Another potential partner would be the industry sector, as they could automate part of their damage claims process. Extended functionality would allow participants and clients to run analyses and gain deeper insights into their transports as well as having several possibilities to connect to their current systems.
The Shared European Logistics Intelligent Information Space is a network of logistic communities’ specific shared intelligent information spaces termed SELIS Community Nodes. SELIS Community Nodes are constructed by individual logistics communities to facilitate the next generation of collaborative, responsive and agile green transportation chains. SELIS Community Nodes link with their participants’ existing systems through a secure infrastructure and provide shared information and tools for data acquisition and use, according to a 'cooperation agreement'. Connected nodes, provide a distributed common communication and navigation platform for Pan European logistics applications. Each Node decides what information wishes to publish and what information wants to subscribe to. The SELIS Community Node concept represents the evolution of a longline of research in this area. The fundamental principle is that it provides a ‘lightweight ICT structure’ to enable information sharing for collaborative sustainable logistics for all at strategic and operational levels
NexTrust is a 31 member consortium of some of Europe’s leading thinkers on collaborative logistics. Its objective is to increase efficiency and sustainability in logistics by developing an innovative business model with interconnected, trusted, collaborative networks along the entire supply chain.
ELUPEG was part of the consortium and the 42 month project successfully concluded on October 31st 2018.
- NexTrust Pilot 1.1: The set-up of a Multi-Supplier/Multi-Retailer Platform (MSMRP)
- NexTrust Pilot 1.4.1: Cool Running in Urban Area - London Food Hub
- NexTrust Pilot 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3: “Full-truck-load” (FTL) transportation via road
- NexTrust Pilot 3.1: Integrating intermodal structural freight flows
- NexTrust Pilot 3.4: Avoiding Empty Barges on an Existing Danube Waterway Service
- NexTrust Pilot 4.1: Pooling underutilised transport equipment in a collaborative delivery network
ALICE was launched on the 11th of June 2013 with the support of European Commission DG MOVE and DG RESEARCH and recognized as an official European Technology Platform by the European Commission in July 2013. ALICE has been set-up to develop a comprehensive strategy for research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management in Europe with the mission: “to contribute to a 30% improvement of end to end logistics performance by 2030”.
For more information on ALICE see the You Tube ALICE Channel
An Intelligent Multi-modal Collaboration Gateway accessed through a Hi-Speed Portal to create the strategic capability where shippers and transport providers can match Supply & Demand & can view the best routing options for goods in terms of value & CO2 emissions.
Retail Inbound Horizontal Case Study in Belgium
Web Accessible Set of Methods and Tools Supporting Collaboration and Co-modality
Method and Tool Support for the Pilot Projects
Position Paper on Compensation Rules
CO3 Creation of an Orchestrated Intermodal Partnership between Multiple Shippers
CO3 Added Value of ICT In Logistics in HC
CO3 Co-Modality and Collaboration
CO3 Legal Framework Executive Summary
CO3 Collaborative Business Model
Mars Case Study
Nestle Pepsico STEF Case Study