Previous Projects (excerpt)
More than twenty-five years ago, the Global Supply Chain Network (BVL) launched the study series “Trends and Strategies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management”. Since then, the project has produced information about future developments and possible courses of action, so that it functions as a leading source for logistics and supply chain management experts.
The Baltic Sea Region is one of the most dynamic regions in Europe. In the last two years, the gross domestic product in the Baltic Sea Region has increased by a total of about 3%. However, the speed of economic development varies greatly from country to country. Among other things, differences in the development of logistics and information and communication technologies (ICT) play an important role here, as they have a major influence on the competitiveness of companies and thus also on the region itself.
Inadequate load securing is one of the main causes of serious accidents involving trucks in Europe. Against the background of the high volume of freight traffic in Europe, the protection of road users from such dangers must therefore be given the highest priority. The research project CARING (Cargo securing to prevent cargo damages on road, sea, rail and air) addresses this problem.
The economic growth rate of the Baltic Sea Region is higher than the EU average, which results in increasing heavy goods traffic. Over the past ten years, the freight volume more than doubled in the region and it is expected that the trend will grow because of the EU enlargement and the increasing trade with Russia and Belarus. Hamburg benefits from this growth since it is Germany’s most important logistic hub and a gateway for the trade with Northern and Eastern Europe.
Ports, terminals and storage facilities are often located close to residential areas, thus potentially exposing a large number of people to the consequences of accidents. The HAZARD project deals with these concerns by bringing together rescue services, other authorities, logistics operators and established knowledge partners.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as actors and operators of logistics systems are increasingly exposed to the complexity effects of competition and megatrends. Despite this development, approaches to complexity cost management have been available in the literature up to now mainly with a focus on product systems. The present research project aims to remedy this identified weakness. The integration of theory and practice is achieved by linking the findings of a comprehensive literature search with the practical expertise of the members of the project support committee. In the course of the method development, complexity cost drivers of different complexity types were identified. The concept of complexity as a characteristic of comprehensive systems was used to structure these in a superordinate frame of reference. The cybernetic control loop was used methodically.
The complex structures of today's supply chains not only increase the dependency between the players, but also increase the vulnerability to risks in the network. In the past, incisive events such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks have temporarily disrupted the supply chain, thus further increasing attention to risk management. Supply chain risks differ from classic internal company risks in their damaging effect across companies. For this reason, companies are increasingly using more advanced methods of analysis and control and implementing a so-called Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM).
The increasing dependence on supply chain partners increases the risk of disruptions in increasingly complex value chains. Studies have shown that corporate performance and thus competitiveness can be significantly improved by systematic risk management. In addition, the increased number of insolvencies, especially among small and medium-sized companies, in recent years is due not least to a lack of risk management.
It is also a serious and exciting project for logisticians: to make the backbone of economic life, logistics, secure against criminal and terrorist attacks. And so far, there have only been isolated approaches to secure the transport of goods from danger. This is where the SefLog project comes in. It stands for safe and efficient logistics processes through prevention, identification and management of threats.
The tasks of aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) include the inspection, maintenance, repair and modification of aircraft with the aim of keeping them safe and operational for daily flight operations. In addition to maintaining the entire aircraft system (e.g. C-check), MRO service providers also carry out maintenance work on individual equipment systems (equipment components, engines, landing gear, etc.).