Clusters 2.0 project will be showcased in ALICE Booth at TRA2018

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

“Clusters 2.0 will leverage the full potential of European logistics clusters for a sustainable, efficient and fully integrated transport system”

We consider a Logistics Cluster as an agglomeration of several types of firms and operations: Logistics Service providers (transportation, 3PL); Logistics operations (warehousing, cross docking); Linked logistics industries (ICT, maintenance). A Logistics Cluster offers advantages for members: Simplified trust creation; Tacit exchange of knowledge; collaboration incubation; R&D attraction; Suppliers’ attraction

CLUSTERS 2.0’s ambition is to advance in collaborative logistics at all levels: Supply chain collaboration, collaboration within logistics clusters and across logistics clusters.

Its achievement will be based on the following aspects:

  • Enhancing and advancing towards a better co-ordination between logistics actors in clusters
  • Improving co-ordination and connectivity between European logistics clusters.
  • Making optimal use of an Open Network of Logistics Clusters

The following actions will be performed during the project:

  • Optimized handover and asset management through real time services at depots and terminals Developing New Modular Loading Units and innovative handling technology to accelerate handling processes
  • Establishing CargoStream a European wide community for freight sharing and collaboration (demand side)
  • New governance models introducing the role of a neutral agent forming the basis for new business model
  • Enhanced services on the supply side introducing the concept of Proximity Terminal Networks (PTN) and the Cluster Community System
  • Regulation and policy enhancing the set-up of collaborative cluster environments

Clusters 2.0 is aligned with the Physical Internet deployment roadmap defined by ALICE

Main outcomes of the project

CLUSTERS 2.0 has three main developments at its core, detailed below:

Cluster Community System

Terminals operating in a region are typically working independently from other terminals without joint management tools that could improve overall performance and provide smart specialized services as a cluster of hubs.
Focusing on this, Cluster Community System (CluCS) is an IT platform optimizing the functioning of the Proximity Terminal Networks (PTN). This will allow a coordinated management of multiple hubs with different specializations, creating synergies and linking the cluster to different TEN-T corridors.

Symbiotic Network of Logistics Clusters

The ambitions of this result are:

  • The integration of Logistics clusters into a high performing synchromodal transportation network realized through the Cargostream business model, through collaboration of multiple actors by implementing a slot booking application
  • A shift towards low emission transport modes and consolidated freight management between logistics clusters following a demand driven approach.

New Modal Load Units (NMLU’s)

The goal is improving supply chain efficiency based on NMLU, a standard fixed size flexible load unit capable of supporting modal shift and micro hub distribution.

NMLU prototypes are being designed and developed, as well as handling technology. It is an objective to develop modular load unit container prototypes which must fill optimally a 13,6 trailer and a row of modular load units must also fit to the 20, 40 or 45 feet container dimensions, which will be authorized and homologated to be used for both road and rail transportation, and urban distribution oriented.

In Vienna TRA2018, CLUSTERS 2.0 will present

CLUSTERS 2.0 will provide a crucial step towards a more sustainable transport system in Europe. Our aim is to enhance collaboration of logistics companies and increase freight managed in logistics clusters resulting in an increase in load factors and enhanced use of intermodal transport. Thus, with the implementation of CLUSTERS 2.0 procedures and tools short, mid and long term effects can be stimulated leading to less CO2 emitted from the transport logistics sector as well as to less congestions on European roads.

CLUSTERS 2.0 presentations at ALICE Booth:

  • Tuesday 17th April from 12.05 to 12:35 hours.
  • Tuesday 17th April from 17:50 to 18:30 hours.

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Twitter:                @clusters20_EU

LinkedIn:             clusters 2.0

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