The enormous importance of open source software solutions cannot be emphasised often enough. Such a highly fragmented industry, with an extremely large number of small and medium-sized enterprises, which often simply lack the time and, in some cases, the know-how to dedicate themselves to the topic of digitalisation, needs standardised, cost-effective, and high-performance solutions. It is crucial that no isolated solutions are created for individuals. The focus of open source is on cooperation with other companies in a community that is as large as possible. This is the only way to ensure that solutions are created for the entire market and not for individual players. After all, in the end it is about creating sensible solutions for logistics and making them available to as broad a “mass” as possible. At the same time, further development must also consider the interests of as many people as possible so that the solutions developed are also used in the long term.
Alexander Garbar, Head of Corporate Development and Strategy, duisport – Duisburger Hafen AG
The Port of Duisburg is the largest hinterland hub in Europe and, as a trimodal logistics hub, achieves a handling volume of 4.0 million TEU (20-foot standard containers).
This article was published in the second issue of the Open Logistics Magazine. You can read the entire magazine and register for future editions here.