What kind of challenges electronic business and collaborative networks place on Logistics? What kind of possibilities new emerging technologies offer for management of physical material flow?
Answers to these questions are sought after in the new Tekes, the National Technology Agency, technology programme e-Business Logistics (ELO). The programme lasts for four years with an estimated budget of 25 million euros.
The emphasis of the programme is on executing and directing physical material flows. A central viewpoint is, how electronic business brings about new demands on Logistics on one hand and gives opportunities to the management of physical Logistics on the other hand.
The logistics processes include two-way material and information flows. Digital Logistics Solutions is our concept, where both of these flows in a supply chain are evaluated and developed together at the same time. The business benefits will be achieved by integration of material and information and access to information.
The development process can be focused on the supply chain as a whole, that is in co-operation between all the partners, supply chain analysis, cost analysis or strategy evaluation. On the other hand, the process can also focus on one area in the supply chain, where the logistics in a manufacturer, a terminal, a port or a logistics service provider will be evaluated and developed on a more profound level.
Napa Oy, The Naval Architectural Package
All applications are integrated into one single executable file. All information is stored in one database. In this way, all applications automatically share all defined or derived information in the database.
Applications are organised into several subsystems to allow the customers to licence only the applications they require, and to guide users to find the tools they need.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Changes in the business environment, combined with global competition, are forcing companies to give up their traditional ways of operating. New operating principles and renewed management methods are needed.
Logistics is about creating a competitive edge. The global electronic networks, the increasing networking of companies, the ever shortening time-spans, and growing customization place a special pressure on corporate logistics.
Research and development operations enhance competitiveness and logistics is a basis for competitive business. Logistics research benefits commerce and industry, logistics service providers, and the public sector. Research and development projects can help to make the difference.
The aim of logistics research at VTT is to foster the logistics competitiveness of companies and improve decision making in public administration.
Logistics is that part of the supply chain process that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverses flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers' requirements (CLM 2002).
Mobisoft Oy is a software house specialising in wireless applications for the transportation industry. The company was founded in 1994 and has offices in
Mobisoft collaborates with several partners in the field of wireless data transfer. In joint projects our area of responsibility is software development, enabling us to make a significant contribution to the collaboration. We are constantly expanding our dynamic network of partnerships. If your company's industry and goals are in line with ours and you believe collaborating with us would prove beneficial to both parties, we would like to hear more about you and your proposition.