The federal government’s “Action Plan for Freight Traffic and Logistics – Logistics Initiative for Germany” provides major policy directions for the sector (German language only)

www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Artikel


 

The federal government’s “Freight Transport and Logistics Masterplan” from 2008 is available in English:

www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/EN/Anlagen/masterplan

Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • Logistics can be studied at 27 universities, 93 technical colleges, 5 vocational academies and 3 dual study colleges
  • The German logistics sector employs about 2.7 million people
  • German car manufacturers often require parts from over 1000 different suppliers during the final assembly process
  • About 70 per cent of freight traffic volumes are carried on the road, followed by rail with a share of 17 per cent
Products

The CarGoTram is an urban freight tram in Dresden that supplies Volkswagen’s “Transparent Factory”—located in the central city—with parts for automobile production:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CarGoTram

 

The BentoBox is a new logistics project based in Berlin, serving as an urban hub for courier trans-shipment and consolidation, as well as a parcel pick-up station for customers. It was designed for parallel usage by various couriers, express and parcel (CEP) services. Project results are positive so far: the BentoBox enables bundling of orders, allowing about 85% of car deliveries to be done instead by cargo bike.

More information:

www.bentobox-berlin.de

Logistics made in Germany