Katharina Berthold

Austria: netlivery makes SMEs fit for e-commerce

Austria: netlivery makes SMEs fit for e-commerce

The tough rules of e-commerce scare off many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from selling their own products via online trading. There are too many hurdles to overcome: a secure web shop, order processing, shipping, the actual delivery and then possible returns and customer service online. All this is new territory, for both smart start-ups and experienced medium-sized …

The “ghost port” of Qingdao is starting operations

The “ghost port” of Qingdao is starting operations

Last May marked the first time that a shipment was unloaded entirely by automated means in Qingdao. It meant that the Qingdao New Qianwan Automatic Container Terminal became the first Asian container terminal to operate by fully automated means. It is as if operations are controlled by an invisible hand. This is just the beginning though, as Qingdao is soon to be the largest port in the …

Transparent supply chains: “Openness in a protected setting is important”

Transparent supply chains: “Openness in a protected setting is important”

Following on from the piece about how companies sharing data benefit from this move, we asked Thomas Reppahn, Head of Logistics Product and Process Management at Schenker Deutschland AG, for his opinion on the importance of data transparency and data sovereignty. logistik aktuell: In your view, how important will data transparency be for the supply chain of the future? Thomas Reppahn: Openness in a …

Supply chain: Sharing data brings more benefits

Supply chain: Sharing data brings more benefits

A supply chain is a highly complex thing. So complex, in fact, that the image of a chain isn't really suitable anymore. Large networks cooperate when organizing supply processes for international trade and industry. These networks are growing in size and becoming increasingly dynamic, so digital processes can help ensure that their mutual cooperation continues to function. Each individual service …

Ship elevator completes Three Gorges Dam. What does it do for China’s hinterland?

The Three Gorges Dam, which backs up the Chinese river Yangtze near Wuhan City, has, as its crowning piece, received a ship lift last year. The world's largest, of course. The ship lift, which was opened in the autumn of 2016, can lift small to medium-sized ships, mainly passenger ships, with a displacement of up to 3,000 tonnes to the reservoir level. The distance traveled is 113 meters. The …

Platooning on the A9 freeway: Driver assistance systems are becoming increasingly independent in their actions

Platooning on the A9 freeway: Driver assistance systems are becoming increasingly independent in their actions

Thanks to a constant stream of new developments and innovations in car and truck safety systems, the number of road fatalities in western nations has been declining ever since the 1970s. Seat belts are still the most effective passive safety feature for preventing deaths and serious injuries in accidents. Vehicle technology has made huge strides over time as well, and the abilities of active safety …

Work and Logistics 4.0. How will digitalization change logistics experts’ work practices?

Work and Logistics 4.0. How will digitalization change logistics experts’ work practices?

Transportation and logistics form the structural network underpinning the economy, and for this reason, they are always directly impacted by changes taking place in business and society. Digitalization is another of these transformations. It also entails a host of very specific changes for how logisticians work, and while it will be possible to automate a lot of things in the long term, there will also …

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