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MODULUSHCA Report Summary

Project ID: 314468
Funded under: FP7-TRANSPORT
Country: Germany

Final Report Summary - MODULUSHCA (Modular Logistics Units in Shared Co-modal Networks)

Executive Summary:
The objective of MODULUSHCA was to achieve the first genuine contribution to the development of interconnected logistics at the European level, in close coordination with North American partners and the international Physical Internet Initiative. The goal of the project was to enable operating with developed iso-modular logistics units of sizes adequate for real modal and co-modal flows of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), providing a basis for an interconnected logistics system for 2030.

MODULUSHCA integrated five interrelated working fields:
1. developing a vision addressing the user needs for interconnected logistics in the FMCG domain,
2. the development of a set of exchangeable (ISO) modular logistics units providing a building block of smaller units,
3. establishing digital interconnectivity of the units,
4. development of an interconnected logistics operations platform leading to a significant reduction in costs and CO2 emissions that will be
5. demonstrated in two implementation pilots for interconnected solutions.

Project Context and Objectives:
The objective of MODULUSHCA was to achieve the first genuine contribution to the development of interconnected logistics at the European level, in close coordination with North American partners and the international Physical Internet Initiative. The goal of the project was to enable operating with developed iso-modular logistics units of sizes adequate for real modal and co-modal flows of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), providing a basis for an interconnected logistics system for 2030.

MODULUSHCA integrated five interrelated working fields:
6. developing a vision addressing the user needs for interconnected logistics in the FMCG domain,
7. the development of a set of exchangeable (ISO) modular logistics units providing a building block of smaller units,
8. establishing digital interconnectivity of the units,
9. development of an interconnected logistics operations platform leading to a significant reduction in costs and CO2 emissions that will be
10. demonstrated in two implementation pilots for interconnected solutions.

Project Results:
During the project life time, the main working areas and achievements have been:

- Finalisation of a framework on how Physical Internet can enable an interconnected FMCG logistics system has been developed in several workshops with experts from industry partners, also explaining obstacles and success factors to a Physical Internet enabled system
- Development of modular boxes in the FMCG sector in two versions, version 1 focusing on interlocking mechanism and version 2 made by panels
- Algorithms for digital interconnectivity between different IT systems have been chosen and described as well as a sensoring and communication approach for modular logistics units
- Recommendations have been developed for the standardisation of iso modular containers
- Two implementation pilots have been carried out
- Active promotion of the Physical Internet and MODULUSHCA has been made, accompanied by dedicated dissemination material (brochure, templates, website, internal working space to share information, mailing lists, etc.)
- The Advisory board (Board of Directors) with experts from 13 industry and science institutions has been continued

Potential Impact:
Communication and Dissemination Strategy
The dedicated Communication and Dissemination Strategy was presented as D7.1: Dissemination strategy. It outlines in detail which public and private target groups the project intends to reach, by means of which project communication tools and through which dissemination channels at the European, national and local level. This was used as an alive document and has therefore been constantly updated during the project lifetime.

Website
A dedicated project website was set up as http://www.MODULUSHCA.eu/. It allows the internal and external community to follow up on new developments and results.

Figure 12: MODULUSHCA website

A WIKIPEDIA article was developed, improved and can be visited under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_Internet.

Figure 13: Wikipedia article about PI and MODULUSHA

Social Media
2.0 social media web channels have been set up and are used for communication:
• Twitter: @MODULUSHCA
• YouTube: MODULUSHCA
• Facebook: MODULUSHCA
• LinkedIn: Physical Internet Initiative group
Brochure
A project brochure was produced and presented. It shows the project’s main objectives and expected results at a glance and has been distributed widely since then. It has been revised and updated during the project lifetime.

Press releases
Four press releases have been distributed to inform interested people about the MODULUSHCA results.


Figure 14: Press releases

Newsletters
After the first newsletter in reporting period one, MODLUSHCA has been produced 5 more between July 2014 and January 2016 to keep the interested project community informed of the project’s progress and results. They have been distributed via the mailing list and can be found on the website.

Figure 15: MODULUSHCA newsletters
Conferences:
MODULUSHCA has co-organised the 1st and 2nd International Physical Internet Conference.

The 1st International Physical Internet Conference was held in Quebec City between 28th and 30th of May 2014.

The 2nd International Physical Internet Conference was held in Paris, a three day event between 6th and 8th of July 2015 in Paris. It was also the final event (see D7.2)

• >250 Registrations for the Conference
• 116 high level speakers
• 3 days


Exploitation
Several actions were taken to exploit the MODULUSHCA results. An exploitation strategy has been developed placing the focus on the following fields
• Box development and bringing it into the market
• Improved network logistics through sharing capacity
• Enhance supply chain co-operation of manufacturer, retail and transport
• Information management for co-operative logistics
Dedicated exploitation approaches have been developed consisting of:
• Awareness creation on the Physical Internet and MODULUSHCA
• Individual exploitation plans towards the exploitation focus of the partners
Within the first half of the project, focus has been given to the awareness making, while individual strategies on technical exploitation has been the focus in the second half of the project. P&G and PTV have presented the project at many occasions.

In parallel, specific meetings with companies/organizations have been organized to identify field of cooperation within the MODULUSHCA project:
• Siemens AG Infrastructure & Cities Sector Mobility and Logistics Division
• Nestle
• ECR
• Schoeller Allibert
• Utz
• TESCO
• DM
• AXIT
In addition, a close partnership has been established with the sister project in Canada in order to set up a clear and structures framework of cooperation.

Industrial Advisory Board
An Industrial Advisory Group composed of key industrial stakeholders has been established involving now the following external experts:

• Prof. Georges Huang (University of Hong Kong)
• Prof. Dr. J. Rod Franklin (Kuehne & Nagel)
• Mr. Guillaume Tilquin (Renault)
• Mr. Max Winkler (SSI Schäfer)
• Mr. Michiel Nielsen (IRU)
• Mr. Roeland van Boeckel (CEN/TC 320)
• Mr. Dirk Thooft (Holland International Distribution Council)
• Mr. JeanLuc Azzani (P&G)
• Mr. Jean Fortin (SOUTHSHORE)
• Ms. Anna Ivers-Tiffée (DHL)
• Mr. Dave Sheldon (Nestle)
• Mr Ludo Gielen (Schoeller Allibert)
• Mr. Christof Weis (IFCO)

Three Advisory Board meetings have been carried out:
The first one in Munich on the 4th of June 2013 on the Transport Logistics 2013, the International Exhibition for Logistics, Mobility, IT and Supply Chain Management

The second Advisory Board meeting with 29 participants has been carried out on 7th of March 2014 in Brussels. The project board discussed and agreed upon u.o.
• the overall approach of MODULUSHCA,
• the progress and results,
• further proceeding of the project.

A third meeting had been held on December 2015 in Brussels, discussing the results and exploitation approaches with the Board of Directors. The commitment was very good, the discussion lively.

List of Websites:
http://www.modulushca.eu/
Project Coordinator: Marcel Huschebeck (Mr)
PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG.
Haid und Neu Strasse 15
Karlsruhe
Germany
marcel.huschebeck@ptvgroup.com
+49 721 9651 178

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Marcel Huschebeck, (Manager)
Tel.: +49 721 9651 178
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Record Number: 187164 / Last updated on: 2016-07-20