A multimodal and efficient logistics system requires cooperation and special expertise between many actors from various domains. In the CaaS Nordic Association’s orchestration project, this challenge was approached through multi-operator collaboration and with a kind of alliance model. The project consists of studies and pilots from the perspectives of different modes of transport.
The challenge: transport transparency
Supply chain transparency is currently very poor, resulting in several tens percent of productivity disadvantages for the industry. Another challenge is that paper documents are still often involved in the supply chain at least at some point
According to the European Parliament and Council Regulation on Electronic Transport Information (eFTI), around 99% of cross-border shipments within the EU still involve paper documents at some point.
Due to poor transparency, operators also have really limited opportunities to influence and control their deliveries during the transport process. Thus, there is much room for improvement in logistic process automation.
CaaS Nordic Orchestration Project
The main goal of the project was to improve the transparency and manageability of multimodal logistics chains and processes by strengthening national logistics expertise and digitalization readiness. In addition to the main goals, the project was divided into sub-goals and upper goals.
The main goal of the project was to improve the transparency and manageability of multimodal logistics chains and processes. In this project, multimodal transport chains and parts of them were examined by different actors. At the project level, these different tasks and activities were linked into a single entity.
The first sub-goal was to bring together national and international ecosystems that are already contributing to the development of logistics digitalization. The project was coordinated by CaaS Nordic Association, which brings together active parties, who want to develop and promote the digitalization of logistics. During the work, the association disseminated its project on many occasions, in addition to which the members of the association linked their own stakeholders and collaboration networks to the project. In June 2020, the interim results of the project were presented at an international webinar hosted by CaaS Nordic.
Another sub-goal was to share best practices and know-how among ecosystems. The CaaS Nordic Association has been in active discussions with among others: the Ministry of Transport and Communications, transport agencies, the municipal sector, technology operators, and the transport sector. The purpose of the collaboration has been to share information about new opportunities and to link operators to project pilots.
The third sub-goal was to create a controlled and functional operating model between ecosystems. The association is open to co-operation, where both parties benefit from the co-operation. Finding a common interest is the basis for continuous and sustainable cooperation. An example of this is the co-operation between the Helsinki-Vantaa Cargo Community and the association.
The fourth sub-goal was to put the new operating models into practice with the help of pilots. During the project, various pilots were prepared, launched, and conducted, from where new solutions were piloted in a normal operating environment.
In addition to these goals, two high level goals has also been set for the project. The first high level goal was to increase the efficiency and attractiveness of the logistics system in Finland and at the same time in the Baltic Sea region. During the project, all activities have been implemented in such a way that Finland’s role in them is central and the primary area of influence is the Nordic countries and the Baltics. The second high level goal was to improve industrial and commercial productivity. The solutions and pilots created in the project are based on business-driven approach, which is believed to serve the goals of industry and trade.Fundamental to the project’s pilots and studies was how the use of data and information in logistics could be developed so that it would benefit both logistics service providers and logistics subscribers/clients as well as industry and commerce. The work also focused on various government functions such as customs clearance. The starting point of the work was business orientation and improving the attractiveness and functionality of the domestic logistics network.
The main goal of the project was to improve the transparency and manageability of multimodal logistics chains and processes by strengthening national logistics expertise and digitalization readiness. In addition to the main goals, the project was divided into sub-goals and upper goals. The project was funded in collaboration with TT-säätiö.
CaaS Nordic roadmap
As part of the project, an association logistics roadmap for 2021-2026 was outlined. The Roadmap is built on regulation, sustainable development, digitalization, networking, and PPP cooperation. It is clear that in the future, collaboration between operators and digital solutions will be the cornerstones of success and profitability. However, with sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions being an integral part of future solutions. The key driving forces and topics identified by the CaaS Nordic association that will affect the development of logistics and its digitalization in the near future are listed on the roadmap. In the orchestration project, these driving forces were examined and preparedness measures and plans were created for them.
CaaS Nordic Association
CaaS Nordic Association is founded in spring 2019 that promotes the digitalization of logistics and the sharing of information and data. CaaS Nordic Association currently combines the CaaS (Corridor as a Service) ecosystem, the intelligent maritime ecosystem, and decentralized databases as well as blockchain technology developers. The association was created around active operators and has expanded during the first year of its operation as planned. During the spring of 2020, co-operation discussions on association co-operation between Norway, Sweden, and Russia have also been launched. In addition to boost logistics, the association’s key task is to connect ecosystems.