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June 6, 2019

Facts, insights & trends: Transport industry moving forward at transport logistic 2019

Matching themes: logistics, transport management

transport logistic 2019, a globally leading trade fair, discussed geopolitical issues alongside technological trends, such as IoT, AI and sustainability.
transport logistic 2019, a globally leading trade fair, discussed geopolitical issues alongside technological trends, such as IoT, AI and sustainability.

The transport logistic 2019 trade fair in Munich, which takes place every two years, once again lives up to its claim as the world’s leading transport and logistics event:

Popular networking venue: The BVL booth
Popular networking venue: The BVL booth

More than 2,300 exhibitors (including freight forwarders, logistics service providers, infrastructure providers, logistics consultancies, national agencies, ports, IT and mobility service providers) from 64 countries found their way to Munich-Riem multimodally, by car, plane, bus shuttle or local public transport, despite the hot temperatures.

As expected, the fair served an information and networking hub, like the get-together at the German Logistics Association (BVL).

Brexit and the Silk Road affect tomorrow’s transport flows

A glance at the exhibition schedule revealed the most pressing pain points: Geopolitically, this is primarily the dragging Brexit with its considered significant logistical disturbances.

Interesting insights: Expert session on Brexit implications
Interesting insights: Expert session on Brexit implications

This entails the ensuing risk that preferential proofs of origin for hard Brexit will no longer be issued, which in turn means more effort and considerable delays in customs clearance.

The other focal point was the Chinese Silk Road program, the so-called “Belt and Road Initiative”.

There were hot discussions on both, opportunities and threats. The first being enhanced access to the Chinese market through efficient terminals, railways and roads, as well as increasing trade streams to the east.

Hot topic at transport logistic 2019: China and its New Silk Road
Hot topic at transport logistic 2019: China and its New Silk Road

The latter centering around the growing influence of China on European businesses and the lacking reciprocity due to little to no coordination and joint actions at an European level. Today, 10 % of the European terminal capacity is already controlled by Chinese organizations.

Previous hype topics such as blockchain, on the other hand, were rather quiet – presumably due to a lack of relevant use cases.

Innovative solutions for transport logistics

Above all, transport logistic 2019 was about solutions for the specific transport and logistics challenges. Some notable examples:

  • “Green Logistics” to reduce the carbon footprint (i.e. lower consumption of resources) will also lead to an increase in competitiveness.
  • Measures to ensure functional “hinterland transport”, so that even the “last mile” can be served efficiently and reliably.
  • Smart integration of the partners involved through intelligent interfaces, ensuring improved interconnectivity in logistics
  • New insights: VR demo of IoT container management at the EURO-LOG booth
    New insights: VR demo of IoT container management at the EURO-LOG booth
    Intelligent container management, with containers that recognize their current state of load and their status in the process and independently trigger alerts in case of rule violations (e.g. with regard to humidity or temperature).
    The SupplyOn subsidiary EURO-LOG, for example, made it possible to experience this in virtual reality 3D glasses.
  • Mobile solutions for forwarders and transport service providers, which improve interconnectivity thus provide more visibility in the transport process

In other words, transport logistics 2019 (open till June 7) continues to provide groundbreaking impetus for the global transport industry as the backbone of an increasingly interconnected but also vulnerable global trade.

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Arvid Holzwarth

Manager Consulting Aerospace

As Manager Consulting, I am committed to provide the very best service possible to our existing aerospace customer base. Our customers should not just get good support with their existing projects. Our goal is to also support them with excellent assistance for the new challenges which they face, in order to get the problems resolved. In addition to using social media with state-of-the-art communications technology, I put emphasis on maintaining personal relationships with my business partners – during trade fairs, meetings with customers and visits to their company locations. In my blog, I focus primarily on aerospace trade fairs and meetings with customers.

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