Research  

Research

While just a few years ago most manufacturing and trading companies operated their own logistics departments, today most logistics functions are outsourced to logistics service providers. For the outsourcing market in particular highly individual logistics services that usually consist of a number of specialized sub-services potentially provided by different best-in-class service providers are of interest. These logistics services are defined as 4th Party Logistics (4PL) and value added logistics, respectively. They require more than ever that requirements of individualization, integration and collaboration can be managed efficiently in planning, development and provision processes. Due to their flexibility, specialization and ability to adapt, especially small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) get here the opportunity to achieve valuable market shares at the highly competitive logistics service market. A high level of specialization and collaboration enable logistics service SMEs to involve  additional service providers dynamically when needed, design flows of goods more flexible and react to external and unexpected events more reliably. 

The endowed chair’s research activities focus on the several aspects of IT-supported planning, management and monitoring in distributed logistics provider networks. Thus the following topics are part of the realized research projects:

  • planning, simulation and optimisation / optimization of adaptive, failure resistant freight flows in distributed logistics provider networks
  • supply chain management, Monitoring just as back tracking within by integrated identification, geolocation and sensor systems
  • integrated cross company information exchange via electronic logistics platforms (cloud approach, service orientation, mobile apps)
  • future orientated innovative business and service models for logistics providers

last update: 19.03.2015