Innovation is essential if supply-chain stakeholders are to remain competitive
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German Herrero CarcelHead of Sector


Logistics is the backbone of economic activity and growth. It represents 10-15% of global GDP, and has made enormous impacts in terms of globalization and free trade as both an enabler and as an outcome. Moreover, supply chains are highly productive of data and yet these data involve different information systems, different user requirements, different business models and different deployment trajectories.

The Transport & Trade Logistics sector covers a range of activities to deliver advanced IT services, fast and robust solutions for the implementation, integrating interoperability, security, resilience and real-time optimization that enables the cost-effective, green and secure transit of goods through the Global Supply Chain and the urban logistics environment. Supply chain innovation is essential if manufacturing organizations are to remain competitive.


Our research goals focus on achieving competitive advantage required by supply-chain stakeholders in times of rapid changes to have a clear understanding of the direction of change, challenges and its implications for business or supply chain mechanisms.

  • Advanced technology research, development, testing and evaluation to evolve and improve the mechanisms, business and security in the transport of goods in air, land and sea environments.
  • To collaborate and work on relevant research projects.
  • To disseminate and transfer relevant research findings in the logistics domain.
Main Activities: 
  • Enable the interoperability and integration of systems, delivering cost reductions, greater efficiency and enhanced security.
  • Development of enablers to unlock the real-time information exchange across suppliers, manufacturers, logistics providers and retailers without necessitating costly interfaces.
  • Usage of open standards and lightweight communication mechanisms to expose a collaborative environment in the logistics sector.
  • Encourage the exploitation of these best practice results through a targeted dissemination campaign aimed at decision makers in the logistics industry.
  • Supply chain visibility and transparency - Accurate data.
  • Enable the interoperability and integration of systems, delivering cost reductions, greater efficiency and enhanced security.
  • Development of connectivity infrastructure for collaborative and efficient data sharing among all stakeholders in the logistics sector.
  • Supply Chain Resilience - Develop the essential tools and processes necessary to create a capability of "design for resilience".
  • Security and facilitation.
Current Research Topics and Findings: 
  • Real-time Cloud Messaging AEON
  • GlObal Operation Distribution System GOAL
  • Urban logistics
  • Green logistics
  • Intermodal freight transport location based services
  • Security in the supply chain
  • Logistics Big Data
  • Collaborative solutions as collaborative SCM
  • Food supply chain optimization



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Consistently optimised resilient ecosystem in the supply chain
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