NESTLÉ and PLADIS have special interest on continuing previous research activities on the domain models of horizontal and co-loading collaboration, having reduced the running of empty vehicles by 270,000 kilometres per year since 2007. Currently there is a lack of a global view of the operations, which can lead to missed opportunities of collaboration. LOGISTAR will be fed with real information on different logistic operations in the area of distribution and warehousing of NESTLÉ and PLADIS in the UK. This testing case will be focused on showing how the information delivered by the decision-making tool developed in LOGISTAR can improve the backhauling management (the practice of not sending the cargo trucks back empty rather having them take some cargo back to the original source). The partners involved in this use case will be aware of all the legal aspects (in particular, anti-competition laws), and there may be a need for a trustee in place to enable companies to work collaboratively.

Location: The use case will take place in the logistics hubs of NESTLÉ in Bardon and PLADIS in Ashby de la Zouch which are both located near to each other in the middle of the UK.

The main actors involved: Partners: FMCG (NESTLÉ and PLADIS); Carrier (Various LSP’s plus own fleet





Interporto of Verona (Italy) with 130 enterprises in their facilities, over 2.5M m2 of warehouses & terminals, has regular route connections by rail, sea and road on 3 TENT-T corridors (Baltic-Adriatic, Mediterranean, Scandinavian- Mediterranean) with a specific focus on North-South axis (Brenner Pass).

LOGISTAR system will be tested on the goods being transported between hubs, directly involving Interporto of Verona, and studying the various processes in the terminal, such as loading/ unloading, transshipment, bundling, among others. This testing case will be focused on showing how the information delivered by the decision-making tool developed in LOGISTAR can improve the logistic operations increasing the synchromodality. It’s remarkable the high commitment of Interporto of Verona for promoting the synchromodality, having in 2016 16.294 trains/year (54 per day); 13.452 intermodal trains (44 per day), having weekly routes, from/to Munchen, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Bremen, among others. In 2016, 28 million tons of goods were transported, 20 million by road and 8 million by rail.





AHLERS’ industry expertise has identified potential opportunities for optimization logistic operations in chemical sector: from bundled shipping and warehousing to shared sites for processing and co-production, group purchasing and even shared back-end processes for transport and handling. This Living Lab will be deployed as a complementary service in their operations at the European Distribution Center (EDC) close to the Port of Ghent, where AHLERS stores and distributes products for many companies (FCGM, chemical, etc..). This EDC offers a state-of-the-art facility for the handling, storage and distribution of packed non-hazardous and hazardous chemicals. The recurring flows from this destination will be selected as use case for the validation. Besides, AHLERS will support the project with a self-developed 4/5PL collaborative control tower.

AHLERS has a database with network flows of several large European shippers, covering thousands of transport lanes. LOGISTAR solutions will be applied to look for transport synergy and bundling opportunities. LOGISTAR will support the current database that produces thousands of results which now need to be manually screened and filtered for “quick wins”, delivering optimized information for real time planning of the resources in the EDC. Inbound and outbound flows will be studied to re-use empty trucks and avoid empty backhauling, improving loading factors and empty kilometres running. LOGISTAR system will be very useful for monitoring and visualizing all core processes and KPIs in this warehouse (e.g. inbound/storage/picking/VAL/outbound).