Demystifying the physical internet
The physical internet, abbreviated frequently to PI, allows for optimisation of transport and logistics through connecting the fixed facilities (such as warehouses) and dynamic infrastructure (such as pallets) to the digital world, so that transport of goods can be ‘self-organised’ as transport flows, able to respond to real time demand and supply. A PI system is also, via real-time tracking, able to respond to real world transport constraints and delays.
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This paper was first published in the CILT(UK) Journal: Focus in the April 2021 edition.