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Hamburg's logistics sector going digital

Good prospects for sector amid challenge of digitalisation - many offers for Hamburg's firms

The business climate index has risen from 98.3 auf 112.1 points over the same quarter of 2016, according to the logistics barometer and the impact of digitalisation is even more palpable, a press release said Monday (July 17, 2017). “Two-thirds of Hamburg’s logistics companies want to change internal processes, products and services to 7 per cent of the entire business model as part of digital transformation,” said Christian Koopmann, plenary member of the Chamber of Commerce and CEO of the Association of Hamburg Shipping Agents (Hamburger Schiffsmakler und Schiffsagenten e.V.).

Logistics accelerator for start-ups

The Hamburger Sparkasse (Haspa) and the Logistik-Initiative Hamburg recently launched the “Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg” in co-operation with Hamburg’s Ministry for Economics, Traffic and Innovation. The Next Logistics Accelerator is part of the project to boost logistics’ start-ups and offering up to EUR 50,000 in equity in return for a share of the company. Around 12,000 companies in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region offer multiple opportunities for testing products and services on the market. Prof. Dr. Peer Witten, Chair of the Logistik-Initiative Hamburg, noted: “Most logistics companies are open to change, but often do not have the resources and in some cases the competence to effect change themselves. The innovative power of start-ups is thus most interesting and worthy of support. The Next Logistics Accelerator and the digital ‘Logistics Hub’ will offer an excellent ecosystem in Hamburg.”

Digital transformation and Mittelstand 4.0 Centre of Competence

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) opened Germany’s eleventh Mittelstand 4.0 Centre of Competence Hamburg in February with emphasis on logistics. Digitalisation is both an opportunity and challenge for mid-sized companies to make them viable for the future. But staff need training to cope with the developments. Jaana Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, Vice President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, said: “We wish to pool the existing, practical knowledge among companies and develop it further in the centre of competence and to gain new knowledge. Together with companies, we will gather, prepare and implement imitable solutions suited for the mid-sized sector in the centre of competence.“

Hamburg’s application for ITS World Congress

Hamburg has also submitted an application to host the 2021 Intelligent Transport Systems. If successful, the city’s application in co-operation with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure would see it host the biggest congress of its kind. Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Traffic and Innovation, stressed: “Over the coming years, we wish to become Germany’s model city of intelligent mobility and logistics. The use of modern technologies and broad know-how will make traffic more accessible, safer, more efficient and environment-friendly for people. Hosting the ITS congress offers an opportunity to present our innovative power to the world.”

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