Innovations: Megatrends in logistics

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Rethink. Think further. Think ahead.

Will we soon see ships in the port that are powered by hydrogen and supplied with replacement parts fresh from the 3D printer by autonomous drones? Will global supply chains be interconnected so that artificial intelligence independently regulates supply and demand? How can we design the future of logistics?

Identifying logistical megatrends and deriving technological innovations from them – that's what we at HHLA work on every day. Our motivation is the future, renewal is our constant companion. This has been recognized and awarded many times, for example, FOCUS Money named HHLA the most innovative company in its segment in 2022

Artificial intelligence

How can artificial intelligence (AI) help us successfully manage future logistical challenges? Many basic ideas, concepts and successful applications already exist in practice.

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Digitalised supply chains

Digitalisation not only creates new business models and digital twins, it provides global data networks that allow carriers, production sites and warehouse tenants to communicate in the best possible way.

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Drone technology

Drones can do much more than just make express deliveries. They are universal tools that recognise dangers from the sky, control traffic, coordinate disaster aid and manage inventory tasks completely autonomously - though some preconditions must still be created for their use.

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Automation has long restructured work in logistics. It cannot replace humans, but it makes many processes more efficient, creating new jobs, professional fields and future opportunities.

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Hydrogen as a fuel source

Hydrogen is considered as the energy carrier of the future, playing a key role in a successful energy transition – but first, it must be researched. In Hamburg, for example, we are testing hydrogen-powered devices in port logistics with an innovation cluster.

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We combine the expertise of HHLA with the agility of a start-up in order to promote innovative, digital ideas and actively help shape the transport of the future.

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Funding management

HPC Hamburg Port Consulting is renowned worldwide for its consultation services. In addition, HPC assists German and European port and transport companies and authorities with the development and implementation of funding projects. HPC has successfully facilitated numerous IHATEC research applications.