Supply Chain Services – SCS  (Fraunhofer Working Group for Supply
Bundesverband der Regionalbewegung e.V. (BVRB)  (Federal Association of Rural Development Movements);
Deutsche Vernetzungsstelle Ländliche Räume (dvs)  (German
Network Hub for Rural Areas);
Deutscher Verband für Landespflege  (DVL) (German Association for Landscape Conservation)
Description of the project
Appropriate logistics solutions for rural areas are a central prerequisite for economic activities. However, small or fluctuating quantities and long distances often make transport by individual companies unprofitable and ecologically questionable. The project focuses in particular on micro-logistic solutions for regional food supply, which on the one hand must meet special requirements and on the other hand contributes to common welfare in rural areas.
Various private and public initiatives are therefore already developing solutions for sustainable regional supply networks. Digital instruments hold potential for increasing the efficiency of logistical solutions (i.e. through the transparent bundling of the needs of several companies and the better utilisation of trips that take place "anyway"). But which solutions work - how and under which conditions?
The systematisation of different micro-logistic solutions and their digital elements shall offer actors in rural areas a decision basis for the choice of suitable micro-logistic solutions under their specific regional conditions and provide decision makers on different levels with knowledge for designing appropriate supporting measures.
A) Which economic, ecological, social and organisational-legal advantages and disadvantages do existing innovative logistical solutions have for the "first and last mile"? How do these relate to the regional specifics of rural areas (e.g. proximity to conurbations, population density etc.)?
B) What potentials does digitisation hold for efficient logistic solutions in rural areas, and what barriers stand in the way of exploiting these potentials?
- Nationwide inventory of innovative logistics solutions with digital solution elements
- Systematisation of the characteristics of intelligent logistic solutions and their application potential
- In-depth case study of the potential of intelligent logistics solutions for three sample regions that have contrasting characteristics
- Development of decision support and recommendations for political framework conditions
Knowledge exchange between logistics initiatives as well as multipliers in associations and other actors in rural areas is pursued in parallel, e.g. in logistics forums.
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