On August 22, 2023, a panel of 9 logistics experts convened to review applications and share their insights. The panellists included Andrea Peters, Startup and Community Manager at startport GmbH; Andreas Nettsträter, CEO at Open Logistics Foundation; Andreas Werner, VP New Tech, Innovation and IPR / CTO at Swisslog GmbH; Angela Bisping, Geschäftsführerin at Axxum Innovation GmbH; Boris Jeggle, CIO/CDO at Rhenus Special Delivery; Carina Tüllmann, Head of Communications and Marketing at Open Logistics Foundation; Jörg Wamser, Managing Director at FTTF – Fraunhofer; Patric Hoffmann, Senior Vice President Global Ventures & Innovation at DB Schenker; and Robert Bach, Managing Director at Beam GmbH. They carefully reviewed each application, considering technical aspects, idea feasibility, problem-solving capabilities, sustainability approaches, project plans for the upcoming years, and more. After thorough discussions, they unanimously selected the top eight finalists based on these criteria, ensuring a diverse representation of candidates.
The finalists have the opportunity to do a 3-minute pitch of their idea in front of more than 500 decision-makers from the logistics and supply chain management industry, who will be present at the Zunkuftskongress Logistik in Dortmund. The audience will then get to vote for the top 3 best ideas that will win a total of 24,000€ in prize money, to be used for further development of their ideas.
This year’s field of applicants was more international than ever before. A total of 54 applications were received, coming from 18 countries and 4 continents. 42 applications being Start-ups, eight being start-ins and four being idea-creators. The quality of the applications was remarkable and diverse, which made the jury’s discussions and choices tough. Among the applications were many interesting and innovative ideas from the fields of Artificial Intelligence, IoT, BigData, cloud and platforms. The following companies stood out to the Jury the most and were hence selected as the eight finalists.
Due to AI-supported, highly precise ETA predictions for multiple ships, Arinto Maritime GmbH enables intelligent optimisation of arrival times. This not only leads to significant cost and emission savings, but also enables more efficient supply chain management.
The bobbie for 1Lieferschein consortium initiative presents the innovative concept of the digital delivery note format „1Lieferschein“. This groundbreaking solution facilitates seamless collaboration between all actors in the logistics chain. The vision of this initiative goes beyond its own transactions: it aims to establish the digital delivery note as the standard both within and outside the construction industry.
Using an AI-based tool, CO2OPT provides an intelligent method of tyre optimisation for vehicle fleets. By matching vehicle profiles with the optimal tyre options, the system enables an effective reduction of emissions and costs in fleet management.
Heylog revolutionises communication and collaboration along the supply chain through innovative digital solutions. Heylog’s platform facilitates ongoing coordination and interaction between stakeholders, bringing clarity and efficiency to the complex world of logistics.
With the CamKon system solution, Konsent GmbH enables automated position detection of goods and means of production. The permanently installed IoT cameras detect goods and production equipment using visual markers. The determined position data is available in seconds via a cloud service on an internal homepage or your ERP system.
MANSIO presents an innovative software-based transport system for road haulage. The system is based on the concept of encounter transport: During transport, one truck hands over its semi-trailer to another truck. This enables highly efficient use of resources and helps optimise supply chains.
NxtLog focuses on advanced, data-driven logistics solutions with a clear sustainability approach. Using state-of-the-art technology, NxtLog generates customised reports based on a company’s logistics data. These insights range from location and transport analyses to temporal parameters and are precisely tailored to individual needs.
Through its innovative B2B order marketplace Dispatch360, Swoove Inc enables significant cost savings of up to 40% through load and route optimisation. With an open API and seamless plugin integrations into customer e-commerce platforms, Swoove Inc offers a holistic solution to increase efficiency in logistics.
With only a few days left to the Zunkuftskongress Logistik on the 12th of September 2023, we look forward to the finalist pitches, which will start at 3:30 pm, and discovering who will be revealed as winners during the Award Ceremony at the evening event. The Open Logistics Foundation is honored to be sponsors of this year’s award alongside duisport packing logistics GmbH, Startport GmbH and Digital Hub Logistics.