Paris was the location of the 2014 edition of the Transport Research Arena (TRA) that gathered 2000 stakeholders from all areas of surface transport – rail, road and waterborne transport – coming from industry, public authorities and the research community. They exchanged ideas and thoughts on some of the most pressing problems that the transport sector is facing in our times.
We, as LOGINN, could not miss the occasion to participate in this important event, both on the market place as well as with a paper in one of the thematic sessions, and present our vision and approach to support the uptake of innovation in logistics and to foster the discussion on logistics innovation in the fields of technologies, logistics practices, and innovative business models. The interest of many stakeholders from the logistics community in the concept and the methodology led to several interesting conversations and underlined the relevance and applicability of the approach.
Transport infrastructures, vehicles and vessels, modal share and co-modality, urban planning and energy and environment issues are the subject of extensive studies, research works and industrial innovations conducted by universities, research institutes, companies, practitioners, and public authorities. The transport sector plays a major role in the European market and in a fast changing economic and societal frame. Policies, technologies and behaviour must be continually adapted to new constraints, such as climate change, the diminishing supply of fossil energy, the economic crisis, the increased demand for mobility, safety and security, etc. Thus especially the companies’ ability to innovate and to implement and deploy new solutions is out utmost importance.
Through the LogisticsArena, we provide a pan-European platform for all these projects and stakeholders to share information about their solutions and discuss about innovative approaches in order to achieve a sustainable innovation uptake in the transport sector.