What are some creative ideas in logistics

Excellent logistics ideas

571 students from 26 countries took part in the competition "The Smart Logistics Challenge - How to Deliver, Tomorrow". In a multi-stage process, a jury made up of company representatives selected the best concepts. With the award, the winners from Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark and the Netherlands can complete their concept during a paid internship with the supervising company. The official award ceremony will take place on September 14th at the FEM Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, to which the award winners are invited as VIP guests. In addition, a public voting will take place until September 10th to determine which concept will receive the TrendSpotter Award: https://www.smartlogisticschallenge.eu/submissions

“The logistics industry needs young, creative minds who recognize the potential of digitization, automation and networking and develop ideas for innovative solutions and business models. Therefore we are happy about the large number of participants. It shows that our efforts are bearing fruit and that students from all over Europe see the material handling sector as an attractive field of work with exciting topics and personal opportunities, ”sums up Christophe Lautray, President of FEM and responsible for sales in the management of goods handling specialist Linde Material Handling and service.

Coboters, 3D printers and digital platforms

Applications could be submitted for three different subject areas. In the “Logistics in the Shared Economy” category, for example, the idea of ​​a team of students to accelerate the procurement of spare parts for ships using a decentralized network of 3D printers was convincing. In the “Coboters in Logistics 4.0” category, the jury decided, among other things, for the concept of a robot that can autonomously free palletized goods from the wrapped film. The jury members identified the proposal to optimize transport capacities over long distances by means of a network of autonomous electric trucks, which also independently schedule loading and unloading, as a possible “pioneer in e-commerce”. “The competition has shown that both students and companies can benefit from an even closer mutual exchange. We were really enthusiastic about some ideas and we are looking forward to further developing one of the winning projects in the team and promoting the young talents ”, summarizes Andreas Kistner, member of the jury and Senior Director Innovation Management at Linde Material Handling.

More information about the competition is available at www.smartlogisticschallenge.eu, social media posts can be found under #DeliverTomorrow.