The mood at the recently ended annual Logistik-Initiative Hamburg conference was of an industry that is constantly reinventing itself, showing great efficiency and becoming more sustainable as it faces the challenges of digitalisation and automation. Under the motto “Logistics creates solutions”, the conference focused on “Building-Solutions” for logistical hubs in metropolitan regions, “IntraSolutions” to trends in Industry 4.0 currently impacting logistics as well as the risks and opportunities for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. “Smart Last Mile Solutions” focused on the challenges of e-commerce for service providers and urban planners. “Start-Up-Solutions” proposed by start-ups in Hamburg’s logistics industry and by established companies were also on the agenda.
Hamburg as a start-up location
Hamburg offers founders with innovative ideas all kinds of opportunities. Dr. Rolf Bösinger, State Councillor and Co-ordinator of Logistics in the Ministry for Economics, Transport and Innovation, noted: “Hamburg’s senate will bring science and research together with start-ups and established companies in the ‘Digital Hub Logistics’ to jointly develop new approaches and solutions.” The founders of Nüwiel, a Hamburg-based start-up, gave a keynote on success so far with their intelligent, electricity-run bicycle trailer to avoid traffic jams, noise and pollution.
Hamburg pushing ahead with electric mobility
The conference also focuses on smart solutions for urban logistics. André Wolters, Head of Logistics Development at SEGRO Germany, commented: “In 2030, 70 per cent of people will be living in urban regions. Today’s urban planners must consider changes in logistics.” Such changes could affect the design of logistics properties, intelligent intra logistics and infrastructure for alternative drives. Hamburg and companies in the city are pushing ahead with electric mobility. Prof. Dr. Peer Witten, Board Member of Logistik-Initiative Hamburg, said: “Even pneumatic tubes for deliveries to new districts are not unimaginable.”
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