ICT innovation supported by the concept of the Physical Internet has the potential to fuel new business models that underpin intermodal transport, warehousing and ecommerce.
On the 22nd and 23rd of May 2019, the Living Labs Workshop was organised by the Horizon 2020 ICONET project. The meeting was hosted in Paris, France by Stockbooking, http://www.linkedin.com/company/stockbooking, member of the FM Logistics Group and explored the application of the concept of the Physical Internet in Living Labs focused on Supply Chain Logistics.
The Physical Internet is indeed an innovative and promising global sustainability contributor to the future of Supply Chain logistics. It has the potential to totally transform the way physical goods are packaged, transported, distributed and delivered. In the ICONET Living Labs, concepts and technologies for the Physical Internet will be evaluated, tested and applied to real-world logistics processes. It is foreseen that these technologies will result in significant savings and efficiency improvements for the Logistics and Supply Chain industry.
The workshop brought together 30 participants from 10 European countries from a variety of disciplines and industries as well as experts in the field of Physical Internet.
The workshop presented the current status of work done for each of the four Living Labs with the use cases adopted and relevance to the Physical Internet, the challenges and risks identified and business goals and key performance indicators to be monitored. It was then followed by interesting presentations from members of the advisory board on the emergence and growth of the Physical Internet as well as the Physical Internet business model for routing.
The workshop concluded with an Innovation Management session, dedicated to three ICONET partners, where beyond explaining the patent filling process and value, there was an interactive investigation to identify and formalize PI relevant patents. This is the first out of many project efforts, to drive innovation and formally protect European Intellectual Property
Philippos Philippou, Senior Project Manager
eBOS Technologies Ltd