After finding our bearings on the gigantic grounds in Hanover last week during the press days and getting lost between the fascinating array of exhibitors and presentations, we were very excited yesterday for the start of the NMW 18 FORUM in Pavillion 11/D.
The day started with The Future of Public Transport in and between Cities, where the central question was how to make logistics data work for consumers and businesses through open transport platforms, the digitalisation of the freight forwarding business and an integration of on-demand into mass-transit solutions. Bernd Heid (Senior Partner, Promotional Vehicle) of McKinsey & Company spoke on Route 2030 – The Fast Track to the Future of the Commercial Vehicle Industry. It was interesting to note that in the bus segment, China is by far the leader. Over 90% of the buses sold to cities are electric, with the aim being to change the traditional business model by 2030 from classic to system busses. For instance, Shenzen is leading the charge as the city has electrified its complete bus fleet in the past 5 years, which cumulates in over 16000 busses.
We also had
In the next segment, The Future of Urban Logistics, the focus was on how the future of urban logistics will be pushed by smart on-demand transport solutions, automated delivery, integrated drive systems and a TCO-optimized usage of modular zero-emission vehicles. Dr Jan Bartels of fashion retailer Zalando showed the importance of efficient and adaptable logistics for an online retailer such as theirs, and how their drive to build
This segment also saw a Q&A session with Dr. Susanne Leifheit of VW Nutzfahrzeuge and Stefan Klatt MAN Truck & Bus on their study What Cities Want (more info here), where a diverse set of scenarios were created by laypeople and experts in the field to find out what the sustainable city of the future will look like.
After lunch The Future of Network- and Platform Providers looked at how to make logistics data work for consumers and businesses through open transport platforms, the digitalisation of the freight forwarding business and an integration of on-demand into mass-transit solutions.
Here we heard talks by SAP, Daimler,
At Last Mile Logistics – Reinvented the central question was on how to benefit from open platforms for the last mile, create more sustainable TCO-optimised last-mile delivery experiences and learning how to close the gap to fully driverless delivery applications. Here, Ingo Lübs of
Mika Koopmann of ImagineCargo looked at Sustainable Last Mile Challenge: Connecting e-commerce Warehouses to Europe’s professional Bike Messengers, illustrating how same-day and instant delivery is expected to reach a market share of 20-25% by 2025.
The last session of the day looked at Insights into Urban Logistics, with Tim Gerstenberger of the city of Hanover presenting the Project Initiative “Urban Logistics Hannover” – from Research to Best Practice. With Hanover handling 33000 packages per day, the project is a step in the right direction to make the city a model for future urban logistics. This was supported Rüdiger Prang of Volkswagen, who detailed VW’s involvement in the project. Attendees were also treated to the perspective of the
Thanks to all for a spectacular first day at the NMW FORUM.