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Road freight firms target fuel efficiency savings

Efficiency gains in road transport made through digitalisation will have an impact on diesel consumption far earlier than a shift to alternative fuels, according to participants at the transport logistic exhibition in Munich.

German logistics company DB Schenker should be able to achieve an annual efficiency gain in road transport of 5pc for the next three years at least, purely from optimising routes and vehicles, board member Christian Drenthen told Argus. The company might be able to increase road freight efficiency by up to 25pc over five years, he said. The use of algorithms and machine learning is likely to accelerate efforts to optimise the use of transport capacity and infrastructure significantly in the coming years. Efficiency gains translate into fuel savings when freight remains constant, or allow more freight to be transported with the same amount of diesel at times of growth. Europe’s largest diesel market, Germany, consumed 38.2mn t of diesel last year, around half of which was for road freight.

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LoadFox Planner: Tourenoptimierung und Bundling von Ladung, Fracht, Sendung durch KI und Algorithmen. Disponent erhält Dispoplan.

New tool for dispatchers – The LoadFox Planner

Unused truck capacity is one of the biggest problems the logistics industry faces. Approximately 40 percent of the truck loading spaces in Europe are not filled, causing the industry a loss of over 100 billion euros. In addition to its marketplace for combining loads into attractive tours, LoadFox Market, the Munich-based start-up LoadFox has now developed another innovative tool – the LoadFox Planner. With the help of artificial intelligence, it combines trailers, trucks, loads and drivers to create a digital dispatching plan, thus starting with the first planning step. LoadFox will present the new tool at its booth 110 in hall A5 at the transport logistic, which takes place from 04th to 07th June in Munich.

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LoadFox Planner: Tourenoptimierung und Bundling von Ladung, Fracht, Sendung durch KI und Algorithmen. Disponent erhält Dispoplan.

New tool for dispatchers – The LoadFox Planner

Semi-automated dispatching plan creation with artificial intelligence

Munich – Unused truck capacity is one of the biggest problems the logistics industry faces. Approximately 40 percent of the truck loading spaces in Europe are not filled, causing the industry a loss of over 100 billion euros. In addition to its marketplace for combining loads into attractive tours, LoadFox Market, the Munich-based start-up LoadFox has now developed another innovative tool – the LoadFox Planner. With the help of artificial intelligence, it combines trailers, trucks, loads and drivers to create a digital dispatching plan, thus starting with the first planning step. LoadFox will present the new tool at its booth 110 in hall A5 at the transport logistic, which takes place from 04th to 07th June in Munich.

"The job profile of the dispatcher will change," says Sebastian Sorger, CEO of LoadFox, about the new development. "He will move from classic planner to final decision-maker, because LoadFox Planner will take over the very time-consuming combinatorics, while the dispatcher can check, edit or reject the results," continues Sorger. The algorithms behind the planner learn from decisions made and can recognize patterns that make the dispatching plan even more accurate. The aim of the LoadFox Planner is to reduce the workload of dispatchers and to increase profitability through high-quality planning.

As soon as a finished dispatching plan has been created and cleared by the dispatcher, the LoadFox Planner shall also support the handling of exceptions. If, for example, there is a delay during a tour due to traffic jams or other external factors, this can be taken into account in the dispatching plan with just a few clicks. For this purpose, the dispatcher can specify rules in advance that take effect in these exceptional situations.

With LoadFox Planner, the company has further developed its business model, ride-sharing for freight. Instead of just improving the load utilization of a truck, the Planner focuses on optimizing the entire fleet. This way, dispatchers are able to reduce their workload one step earlier, directly in the planning of trucks, trailers, drivers and loads. The dispatcher manages the planning according to company-specific requirements and thus optimizes costs, capacity utilization, time and driver needs according to the company's own strategies. The product is intended as an easy to use SaaS solution. "Efficiency improvements have already been demonstrated with the prototype for several pilot customer," says Sebastian Sorger.

The development of the new dispatching tool is being carried out together with pilot customers who, in addition to a time-saving and revenue-enhancing optimization tool, were also looking
for a way to counter the acute shortage of drivers in the industry. Schnellecke Transport AG is one of the pilot customers. Mandy Beck, head of Potential Management, aims to use LoadFox Planner to ensure that "freight bookings and route optimizations go hand in hand in the future. We want to ease the strain of routine work on our dispatchers."

The LoadFox Planner is available from 2020 with selected partners in the beta phase, for which applications can be submitted from the start of the transport logistic trade fair.


Sharing Goes Corporate

Consumers long since embraced platforms that facilitate short-term rentals of underused assets. Now business is getting in on the game.

As lead mechanical design engineer for BMW’s sprawling manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Ryan Lambert heads a team of nine engineers responsible for designing and procuring custom jigs, fixtures and other tools for the assembly line.

Until recently, the task required spending a lot of time on the phone and email, finding local machine shops with the ability and capacity to execute his plans. That changed a few years ago when Lambert began using Xometry, a Maryland firm that’s often described as “Uber for manufacturing.”

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The Hundert: Most innovative Start-ups 2018

LoadFox, ridesharing for road freight, is a Munich-based B2B technology startup for transport companies. LoadFox’s clever algorithm combines partial loads into profitable truck tours. Thanks to LoadFox, existing truck capacities can now be fully utilized, emissions can be reduced, and the profitability of dispatchers can be increased. Our team visits several dispatchers and transportation companies every week to find them the best solutions. Highlight of the year: The expansion into thirteen additional European countries.


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Meet The 100 Most Innovative Startups Of Germany In 2018

The Hundert is a Berlin-based startup project and print magazine featuring outstanding companies and their founders since 2013. Every issue puts 100 amazing startups in the spotlight and tells their stories. Previous editions include 100 Female Founders Europe, 100 Startups New York and 100 Startups Berlin - the most famous one so far. The printed magazine of each edition can be found at various events and conferences across Europe. Their freshest edition Vol. 11 features the 100 most innovative startups of Germany. 

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LoadFox Market erweitert Länder auf Plattform für Frachtführer, Spediteure mit Kartenmaterial der PTV Group.

LoadFox on course for Europe with maps of the PTV Group

Munich/Karlsruhe – Thanks to its intelligent algorithm, the technology start-up LoadFox has long since combined part loads into profitable tours, not only in Germany. Since last year, many forwarders and carriers in Poland have already become part of the network, now the expansion to France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands will follow. For this purpose, Loadfox joins forces with the PTV Group, whose map material is integrated on the LoadFox platform.

„With the PTV Group we can significantly expand our range of services in the European market. France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are important hubs for international logistics,” says Sebastian Sorger, CEO of LoadFox. PTV Group is the world market leader in the development of intelligent software solutions, integrated traffic concepts and has many years of development experience in the areas of routing, route optimization and geomanagement. An important part of the product range is the PTV xServer: Geographical and logistical functions can be seamlessly integrated into the user’s system landscape via these developer components. By integrating them into LoadFox, the ‘ridesharing for freight’ can now expand its full-featured services to a large part of Western Europe and extend its service portfolio.

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LoadFox Market erweitert Länder auf Plattform für Frachtführer, Spediteure mit Kartenmaterial der PTV Group.

LoadFox sets course for Europe with maps of the PTV Group

Munich/Karlsruhe - Thanks to its intelligent algorithm, the technology start-up LoadFox has long since combined part loads into profitable tours, not only in Germany. Since last year, many forwarders and carriers in Poland have already become part of the network, now the expansion to France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands will follow. For this purpose, Loadfox joins forces with the PTV Group, whose map material is integrated on the LoadFox platform.

„With the PTV Group we can significantly expand our range of services in the European market. France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are important hubs for international logistics," says Sebastian Sorger, CEO of LoadFox. PTV Group is the world market leader in the development of intelligent software solutions, integrated traffic concepts and has many years of development experience in the areas of routing, route optimization and geomanagement. An important part of the product range is the PTV xServer: Geographical and logistical functions can be seamlessly integrated into the user's system landscape via these developer components. By integrating them into LoadFox, the 'ridesharing for freight' can now expand its full-featured services to a large part of Western Europe and extend its service portfolio.

The digital solution has been very well received by the industry. "We are constantly gaining new partners and receive very positive feedback for our service. Following a successful start in Poland and Austria, companies in other European countries also want to benefit from our partner platform. We have now reacted to this demand," adds Sebastian Sorger. It will then be possible in many European countries to fully utilise existing truck capacities instead of empty tours and thus reduce traffic and CO2 emissions thanks to LoadFox. The online platform with the extensive map material of the PTV Group will sequentially include further member countries of the European Union in the coming months.


The Future Of Road Transport: LoadFox Joins Sounding Board For European Research Project.

The Munich-based tech startup LoadFox is Sounding Board member of the European research project “Aerodynamic and Flexible TrucksforNext Generation of Long Distance Road Transport” (AEROFLEX). Launched in October 2017, the AEROFLEX project aims to develop and prepare the transport industry and vehicle manufactures for the smart future of the freight transport market for the period 2018-2035. The research project is coordinated by MAN Truck & Bus AG and Unisearch, a consultancy focusing on technological innovations. The AEROFLEX Consortium and Sounding Board consist of representatives from the logistics sector, associations, industry and policymakers. The research has receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon2020 programme.

 

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Logistics industry dead last in strategic digitisation

The degree of digitisation in the logistics industry is still not very high – in fact, it only came in tenth in an industry ranking, putting it dead last amongst the ten economic sectors studied.

These were the findings of the “Branchenatlas Digitale Transformation” [Business Atlas of Digital Transformation] study conducted by the Digital Intelligence Institute on behalf of develop.

According the study, it is at the strategic level that the logistics industry is furthest behind, with just 18 percent of logistics companies surveyed stating that the digital transformation was of fundamental strategic importance. For all of the others, it is not clear who is driving strategic development or where the responsibility lies.

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