use case: digital standards and decentral cooperations in logistics

initial situation

The logistics experts Wolfgang Lehmacher, Andreas Backhaus and Klemens Rethmann made a serious warning at the beginning of 2019: “Anyone who misses the digitalization train in the logistics industry will hardly be able to jump on the bandwagon afterwards”. 

Manufacturing and sales processes, in particular, are developing rapidly, and logistics has to adapt its processes accordingly. Besides, the sustainably produced goods become increasingly important for the consumers of the most important markets.

Therefore, the logistics experts state: “Logistics needs visibility, i.e. a digital representation of events “end-to-end” […]. And visibility and rapid reaction to discrepancies or disruptions in an increasingly volatile supply chain are not possible without data”.   

This is exactly where the difficulty lies. Despite advanced digitalization within the participating companies, the transfer processes between different companies along the supply chain are still executed manually to a great extent. Thereby, the biggest challenges are the following:

  • Missing possibility of cross-company digitalization without disclosure of sensitive company data.
  • Lack of standards for uniform documentation of logistics processes along the supply chain. 
  • The processing of different data formats and analogue accompanying documents leads to a high administrative effort
  • Special cases such as damage reports generate high process costs, as information must be collected manually by all companies involved.
  • Proof of adherence to the necessary compliance requirements in the form of environmental, social and safety standards along the entire transport chain is only possible through the regular and cost-intensive auditing.

There are two things that logistics experts see as essential to overcome the obstacles listed above: To establish standards and to expand cooperation. “More cooperation between the various stakeholders in the supply chain ecosystem should, therefore, be the new paradigm in the German and European export and import industries”

In the evan.network, both demands can be implemented.

the goal

In a cross-company initiative of transport logistics, all processes of goods delivery are to be digitized continuously to:

  • Save time and money through simplification and automation,
  • Crucially reduce the expenses for claims processing, 
  • Guarantee the adherence to compliance standards and document it in a tamper-proof manner

the goal

In a cross-company initiative of transport logistics, all processes of goods delivery are to be digitized continuously to:

  • Save time and money through simplification and automation,
  • Crucially reduce the expenses for claims processing, 
  • Guarantee the adherence to compliance standards and document it in a tamper-proof manner

the solution

Based on the business blockchain evan.network, paper-based delivery orders are mapped via the digital twins. Each product or product batch has a unique digital representation to which all delivery information is mapped in real-time. The status documentation of the goods, the delivery tracking or required certificates for dangerous goods or CSR can be standardized, seamlessly recorded, and shared among all cooperation partners. 

This makes the processing of transport orders significantly more efficient and reduces the risks since all the subsequent steps of the process can be seamlessly coordinated within the supply chain.  

Thanks to the usage of the blockchain technology, the documentation of the processes is tamper-proof, without the participating companies having to disclose their sensitive business information or mutual supply relationships. 

Working with digital twins and real-time data also enables faster and cheaper claims processing, which can lead to a new dynamic in the pricing of insurance products. 

uses at a glance

  • Efficient logistics processes through simplified sharing of data and elimination of media breaks thanks to continuous documentation along the entire supply chain
  • Consistent status tracking of deliveries across various participating transport companies
  • Self-determined use of digital logistics services to maintain data sovereignty and to share digital information securely, on-demand, and trustworthy
  • Transparent representation of certificates that were digitally issued by independent audit firms and are tamper-proof, throughout the supply chain
  • Acceleration of claims settlement through fast access to all relevant delivery information and status documentation for the insurer

best practice: the eWaybill use in the logistics network COBILITY

As part of the COBILITY initiative, a decentralised transport logistics platform is set up in which various eWaybill applications will be jointly discussed, conceived and implemented by the respective logistics companies. As a first step, the first eWaybill level will be implemented in the Business Blockchain evan.network with the R&V insurance and set up according to the interests of the insurance industry. A digital twin will be created for each piece of freight to display delivery data and product information. In the future, this will enable the development of many use cases based on the eWaybill. These application can be then implemented on the on behalf of individual businesses or groups of logistics enterprises. The focus of attention currently lies on such topics as digital management of dangerous goods, adherence to compliance standards, and integrated delivery tracking. The eWaybill contains all the important information about the delivery and constitutes the basis for a fully digital transaction management, which can be introduced step by step at every logistics company.

press contact

Jasmin Weber
Agency Frische Fische
phone: +49 (0)351 215229712
e-mail: jasmin.weber@frische-fische.com