Competitors on the market are becoming collaborators amid growing awareness that challenges can be solved jointly and especially when it comes to digital transformation. More and more logistics companies in Hamburg are interested in securing their competitiveness by digitizing processes and structures. But where and how do they start? “This shows an increasing openness to co-operation, especially among SMEs,” said Carmen Schmidt, Managing Director of the Logistics Initiative Hamburg.
Hansebloc, for instance, an SME-centred research and development project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, is bringing together various partners to test blockchain solutions in logistics. And the Digital Hub Logistics is attracting market leaders, SMEs and start-ups as well as representatives from science, research and further education.
Hamburg’s logistics barometer
The willingness to support each other becomes all the more important against the backdrop of a deteriorating economic outlook. Concerns about declining foreign demand are triggering pessimism, reluctance to invest and to plan personnel, according to the latest Hamburg logistics barometer. Demand for information about all things digital is high, the survey found.
4.0 Compentence Centre
The Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Hamburg offers assistance. Under the auspices of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and partners such as the Technical University of Hamburg, the Helmut Schmidt University and the University of Applied Sciences, this competence centre is paving the way for SMEs in particular to a smart future. The wide-ranging offers include events such as 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (September 19, 2019), Digital Business Models (September 23, 2019) or Virtual and Augmented Reality: Applications and Business Models (October 24, 2019).
Start-up Logistics Radar
Established companies, who wish to drive their business ahead with innovative ideas and would like access to start-ups’ know-how, should take note of the new Start-up Logistics Radar. This is where suitable partners are brought together in a win-win situation. “We bring fledgling companies together with potential co-operating partners in logistics and related areas in four exclusive matching events every year,” said Schmidt. Start-ups can apply to the Logistik-Initiative Hamburg to take part in so-called pitch decks which will focus on “Aviation & Maritime” issues (September 4, 2019) and on “Intralogistics” (November 20, 2019).
Pitch session added to Young Professionals’ Award
The 1st Science Pitch Logistics takes place on November 12, 2019. Graduates and young professionals can present their research to around 100 experts in business, science, start-ups and the media. “Both the audience and a jury of experts will vote on winners of the award. This will facilitate an even more intense exchange between business and science,” said Schmidt.