27 April 17

What’s behind the Alice program

supply chianThe European Technology Platform ALICE is set-up to develop a comprehensive strategy for research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe.

The platform will support and assist the implementation of the EU Program for research: Horizon 2020.
Research and Innovation roadmaps in key areas to achieve this Mission:
1. Sustainable Safe and Secure Supply Chains.
2. Corridors, Hubs and Synchromodality.
3. Information Systems for Interconnected Logistics.
4. Global Supply Networks Coordination and Collaboration.
5. Urban Logistics.







ALICE roadmaps identified expected impacts that should be addressed in order to “contribute to a 30% improvement of end to end logistics performance by 2030”.
Inside the programs the most important topics highlighted are:

The Physical Internet (PI) based on the universal interconnection of logistics services, where goods travel in modular containers for the sake of interconnection in global and open networks of transport and logistic assets, hubs and resources.

Industry 4.0 impact on supply and logistics chains. The challenge is to define business models and demonstration cases to develop and adapt new functionality of the logistics system to take the full potential out of the new production models in a sustainable way. Dematerialization and additive manufacturing, mass customization, on-site production, agile, cloud- and IoT-based manufacturing or manufacturing farms and associated services like quality controls, assembly and spare part management.

Data Analytics will offer greater opportunities to link freight operator’s decision making with city planners decision making (e.g. urban network planning) in order to achieve resilient, optimised, sustainable and cost-effective governance of the city and more competitive position of business actors.
Strengthen the value of TEN-T (corridors, hubs and associated transport services) for manufacturing industry. To that end, Strategic Supply Network design based on demand and supply concentrations of European Manufacturing industries.

Adopt systemic approach for Green Logistics, extending the design of green hubs and corridors into green networks able to support the achievement of EU sustainability goals.

The Internet of Things IoT as one of the key enablers to realize the vision of the Physical Internet Logistics is a domain that can truly benefit by an interconnected world, addressing issues such as goods shortage, overstocking and perishable goods management.

As shown below, it is easier understand the aim of entire project. In a vision of logistics system coordinated by digital system where the information travel within digital channel where a plurality of actors can access worldwide and either uploaded or downloaded and share different files or documents thanks to new technologies IoT-


Source: On the Mos Way Staff


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