Logistics industry starts European community

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- 20 Jan 2022 ( #1060 ) - Berlin, Germany
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The formal launch of the open-source community.
PHOTO: S. Gabsch
The formal launch of the open-source community. PHOTO: S. Gabsch

International logistics companies Dachser, DB Schenker, duisport and Rhenus have established the Open Logistics Foundation in Berlin. The purpose of the non-profit foundation is to build a European open-source community aiming to promote digitalization in logistics and supply chain management based on open source and to standardise logistics processes through shared standards.

“Together, we want to drive forward the digitalization of logistics. That is why open source is an important success factor for the entire logistics industry and, at the same time, a driver for harmonised processes in digital supply chains. We consider the Open Logistics Foundation to be the first step towards a platform economy based on European legal standards and values. It is both a beginning and an appeal to the logistics sector to think of technology and processes together and actively participate in the open-source community,” the founding members declare in a joint statement.

The foundation hopes to attract all logistics-related companies and their IT developers. Through Open Logistics e.V., the funding association, which was also founded in Berlin, it is open to new members from all areas of logistics, ranging from industry, retail and services to freight forwarders and political organisations.

Numerous companies have already announced their participation in the funding association.

The Open Logistics Foundation was initiated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML as part of its Silicon Economy research project. More than 150 researchers are working on an open-source software and hardware infrastructure that enables companies to process their business operations in an automated way and to offer and use services and data securely across different platforms beyond company boundaries.

The main tasks of the foundation include identifying collaborative projects to be included in the repository. It monitors the quality of the open-source software and guarantees neutrality in its development. Furthermore, it offers training for companies on how to work with the platform.

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