Welcome to the AEOLIX Reference Book

Here, we collect knowledge and insights that are affecting freight transport and logistics. The Reference Book consists of a number of articles on technologies, trends and practices that we have identified as particularly important and influential.

Technology

Internet of Things

Consumer preferences and technological breakthroughs add up to a fundamental shift in the future mobility behaviour in the transport and logistics.

Good and services are increasingly delivered to consumers. As consequence, the traditional business model of transport and logistics will be completed by a range of diverse IT solutions. The connection of vehicles to the Internet offers new possibilities and applications which bring new functionalities to the logistics companies that will make the transport easier and safer. New mobile ecosystem based on trust, security and convenience to mobile/contactless services and transportation applications are created and the developments such as Internet of Vehicles are connected with Internet of Energy for providing services in an increasingly electrified mobility industry.

Practice

Horizontal collaboration

Horizontal collaboration is when two or more shippers bundle their freight and jointly load transport vehicles. The word horizontal means that actors on the same level of the supply chain, in this example, all shippers, are forming the team (European Union, 2001). It distinguishes from vertical collaboration, in which actors from different levels of the supply chain, e.g., a shipper and a carrier, team up.

Trend

Sharing economy

The sharing economy – when a long tail of supply is matched with a long tail of demand using technology – is rapidly gaining ground, even in B2B-systems.