Axel Novak

The ports of Trieste and Koper – Europa’s south is seizing its opportunities

The ports of Trieste and Koper – Europa’s south is seizing its opportunities

Anyone who has their sights set on Asia – and which industry in western and northern Europe doesn't? – can certainly testify that the Adriatic coast is particularly well-located geographically. It is just three days by ship to the Suez Canal. This shortens transport from the Ruhr district to East Asia by around seven days. And the advantage of shorter routes is winning over more and more …

The Luther goblet: traveling back in time with DB Schenker

The Luther goblet: traveling back in time with DB Schenker

There is no way to know whether Martin Luther's lips ever touched the drinking glass. But what is known, however, is that he gave the ornate goblet to his friend Wilhelm Nesen. Nesen was a humanist and pedagogue, who met the reformer in Frankfurt am Main in 1521 and later visited him in Wittenberg. There, Luther presented him with the crystal goblet – goblets like these came from liquidated monastery …

Taking the leap from the North Sea to the future

Taking the leap from the North Sea to the future

The port of Rotterdam is Europe's largest port and is also among the world's top ten. In 2016 alone, it handled 461.2 million metric tons – 321.2 million tons of which arriving at the Dutch North Sea coast and 140 million tons leaving the port on their journey across the globe. To accommodate this, almost 28,000 seagoing vessels and around 100,000 inland waterway vessels docked in Rotterdam. The …

Same-day delivery: every minute counts

Same-day delivery: every minute counts

Tiramizoo is one of the pioneers in same-day delivery of products in Germany. We interviewed Michael Löhr, founder and Managing Director, and Philipp Walz, co-founder and Head of Sales & Marketing, who explained what matters in this business. How do you know what exactly consumers are looking for in same-day delivery solutions? Michael Löhr: Well, of course we don't know all of our clients' …

Counterfeiting: logistics specialists create secure supply chains for drugs

Counterfeiting: logistics specialists create secure supply chains for drugs

Counterfeit medications are a life-threatening problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one million people die each year from drugs that do not contain the active ingredients they are supposed to. Up to 10% of medications do not come from the manufacturer indicated on the label. The problem is even worse in Africa, where four out of every five medications are counterfeit. "We know …

5G on the Elbe – Hamburg’s port fights for the future

5G on the Elbe – Hamburg’s port fights for the future

A double triumph for Hamburg: at around 9 pm on May 15, 2017, the MOL Triumph set sail from the Port of Hamburg on its maiden voyage. The flagship of Japanese shipping company MOL Mitsui O.S.K. Lines is not just the world's first container ship that can hold more than 20,000 TEU standard containers – it is also proof that the Hanseatic city-state is fit for the future when it comes to logistics. …

The race to develop autonomous driving: South Korea is planning the world’s largest test site K-City

The race to develop autonomous driving: South Korea is planning the world’s largest test site K-City

Autonomous vehicles are safe, sustainable and cost-effective – these are the arguments that technology and automotive companies worldwide are using in their development of vehicles and control systems. So who is leading the pack on the global market? Who is able to offer the first credible systems that will really make driving easier for everyone? The race to develop the first autonomous vehicles is …

Collective efficiency: Mobility researchers can learn from ants

Collective efficiency: Mobility researchers can learn from ants

Ants have created a highly efficient system to ensure the securest possible supply lines for their nests: The insects use pheromones to mark large numbers of different paths to food. The chemical concentration is highest on the shortest route, thereby enabling the ants to access food and building materials in the shortest possible time. The product of millions of years of evolution, this strategy is …

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