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Efficient logistics project seeks SME pilots

An EU-funded initiative to improve the efficiency of logistics is looking to recruit SME suppliers and shippers of fast moving consumer goods products or building materials for pilot projects.

An EU-funded initiative to improve the efficiency of logistics is looking to recruit SME suppliers and shippers of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) products or building materials for pilot projects. 

The NexTrust project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 initiative, is tasked with developing interconnected and collaborative networks in the European logistics sector to help improve efficiency and sustainability across the entire supply chain.

The ultimate aim of the project is to help remove 40 per cent of lorries on European roads and 15 per cent of delivery vehicles travelling between suppliers, cut greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by 70 per cent, and increase load factors by half.

Pilot projects

NexTrust will run until October 2018 and will carry out around 20 pilot projects across the logistics industry, including:

  • Bundling freight volumes to reduce the number of vehicles running at empty or less than full capacity
  • Shifting freight from the road onto more cost and carbon efficient forms of transport such as rail and waterways
  • Developing technologies and innovations that optimise efficiency in logistics, including re-engineering networks and real-time utilisations of transport assets.

UK-based supplier collaboration network, 2degrees, one of the 31 founding members of the project, is seeking SMEs that supply or ship FMCG-style products to retail distribution centres in the UK or France to take part in less-than-truckload (LTL) transport pilot partners.

The group is also looking to recruit retailers in the DIY and construction sectors and SMEs or large-scale shippers and suppliers of building materials as heavy-side logistics transport pilot partners.

Benefits 

There is no cost or binding commitment for companies taking part in the pilot projects. Participants will share their transport data, which will then be analysed and anonymously matched with hundreds of suppliers who are looking for consolidation or collaboration opportunities. 

As well as this free data analysis on load-matching possibilities, participants will also benefit from positive PR across the EU as a member of a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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