The Clusters 2.0. project vision is to leverage the full potential of European Logistics Clusters for an efficient and fully integrated transport system in Europe and demonstrate the scaling effects for the companies collaborating within logistics clusters. This project will provide solutions from four development streams:
• Establish CargoStream an open Pan-European community approach of shippers to scale supply chain efficiency through bundling their regular transportation demand with other shippers and to favour intermodal alternatives.
• Develop New Modular Loading Units and innovative handling and transhipment technology to accelerate handling processes within clusters for road and intermodal modes.
• Implementing a first of a kind prototype on a Cluster Community System for standard message and information exchange and asset management within logistics clusters.
• Develop governance models introducing the role of a neutral agent that will form the basis for new collaborative business models building up on the work of the FP7 project CO3.
CLUSTERS 2.0 will provide a toolbox for future logistics including large scale IT applications establishing and facilitating collaboration within and across logistics clusters. Compared to previous approaches CLUSTERS 2.0 will advance by adding elements of horizontal collaboration, modularization and standardization of loading units to the concept of logistics clusters. The project will increase engagement, performance and coordination of terminals and hubs at cluster and network level. An increase of 50% in the intermodal freight managed within clusters is targeted.
The consortium consists of 29 partners from 10 European countries and Switzerland.