Germany has topped the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) of 160 countries in logistics this year after similar positions in 2014 and 2016. Published in late July, Germany is followed by Sweden, Belgium and Austria on the index. The top ten also includes Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Britain, Denmark and Finland. Hamburg has contributed to this success through funding programmes, innovations and by expanding infrastructure.
The transmission of reliable information is crucial to the smooth handling of goods traffic in transport and logistics. However, standards are not uniform and the various systems are not co-ordinated and mistakes may occur. Blockchain technology is emerging as a sustainable solution as part of the Hansebloc project. The German government is putting nearly EUR 2 million towards the Hamburg Blockchain innovation project Hansebloc.
The Next Logistics Accelerator (NLA) is a new start-up accelerator for the logistics industry. Four fledgling logistics companies including three from Germany and one from California have been selected for the six-month acceleration programme. The NLA will help start-ups develop their digital and innovative business models and prepare them for the next growth step. The accelerator also gives them an opportunity to make contacts across the industry.
Three times in first place
The LPI is based on six criteria: infrastructure, border clearance/customs clearance
service quality, tracking and tracing, adherence to delivery dates and price-performance ratio of international consignments. Germany leads the way in the first three categories.