External influences such as COVID-19, climate change, urbanization or geopolitical events and even megatrends are changing logistics at a rapid pace. Innovative technologies will make the difference in crisis-proofing value chains. In research, the search is on to determine the measures that will make the overall supply chain more sustainable and resistant to crises.
Current research projects at the TU Berlin are dealing with novel logistics solutions and supply chains for development in African countries. In the research field “Smart Technologies and Digital Logistics Models”, methods involving artificial intelligence are used to predict traffic patterns and to control mobility. The research area “Sustainable Logistics in Traffic and Value Chains” investigates feasible concepts to transform mobility while considering impacts on energy.
Current research at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is now focussing on successfully dealing with extreme changes in the supply chain. To the same degree, research in the past three years has focussed on supply chain sustainability (SCS). Even though the individual elements of the SCS are undergoing change, sustainability in supply chains is gaining in significance. Here are a few research projects on the topic: “Digital Twins: Warehouses of the Future”, “Warehouse of the Future”“ or “Sustainable Supply Chains”.
Logistics has a considerable influence on both the environment and climate protection. The contribution that it can make with new ideas for modal shifts, increased efficiency as well as by using new technological solutions are far from insignificant. Research in logistics is therefore vital for making rapid progress in the area of sustainability overall