Some 30 students of various logistics disciplines, supported by professors and industry experts, pursued questions around how automation and new business models can be applied to logistics during the three-day Transport Logistic 2019 ‘think-a-thon’ in Munich.
In the final assessment four groups presented their ideas to the expert audience.
The approaches developed directly at the fair included an innovative platform concept for generating valuable information from raw data for companies along the supply chain and the use of automated robots for delivery over the last mile.
The use of block chain technology for safer supply chains were also presented. The winner of the Transport Logistic think-a-thon 2019, however, was the idea of a team from Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, HSA_ops Research Group for Optimised Value Creation, which helps to make better use of loading space capacities by means of automated capacity optimisation.
The winning team was delighted with the award: “It was a great challenge to work on this topic in such a short time. But we were able to profit a lot from the input of the companies and in the end we succeeded in combining the different ideas into one concept. And of course it was fun, too,” the team says.
Speaking on the award, Martin Kraemer, head of Marketing and PR of Jettainer, one of the event supporters says: “Bringing together academic expertise and practical know-how in this very dynamic way is enormously valuable for everyone involved. The students are a key to success because they search for approaches beyond the boundaries of individual companies and within the entire logistics chain and thus develop new solutions for our industry. The successful continuation of the think-a-thon in Munich makes us very proud as initiators,” he adds.
The students of the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, the Technical University Darmstadt and the Technical University Munich as well as international students of the Erasmus programme were divided into groups during the think-a-thon. Each of them dealt independently with the given topic.
They were assisted by the supporters of the think-a-thon, Fraport, Bosch, DAKOSY and DoKaSch, as well as other logistics experts of the 2,360 exhibitors at the fair. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure was the patron of the think-a-thon 2019.