The University of Northampton is playing a key role in the development of a multi-million pound project which aims to revolutionise the transportation of goods across Europe.
Currently, the logistics sector across the continent is very fragmented, with little collaboration between the organisations involved.
Improving communication between all parties would unlock huge potential for pan-continental logistics to be much more efficient and sustainable.
A consortium including the University and international partners, aims to address the issue by launching the AOELIX project, which has just received €16.2m funding from the European Union.
AOELIX will establish a cloud-based collaborative logistics system which will allow each organisation involved in logistics – including shippers, transport companies, warehousing firms, retailers and customs – to access, exchange and use information.
The University’s Centre of Excellence Logistics and Supply (CELAS) research unit has received £600,000 to conduct research for the project.
Liam Fassam, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management and project lead for the University, said: “Securing this European research bid cements the University’s credibility with CELSA being recognised as having critical skills needed to deliver innovative and cutting-edge research in the field of logistics and supply chain.
“The AOELIX digital business ecosystem will create visibility across the supply chain, enabling more sustainable and efficient transport of goods across Europe.”
About The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK - CILT(UK) - is the independent professional body for individuals associated with logistics, supply chains and all transport throughout their careers.
CILT(UK) - is the UK territorial body of CILT, which has a presence in more than 30 countries across the world. This network of members and contacts can connect all CILT members wherever they are in the world and constitutes the greatest resource of professional expertise within our areas of interest.