The Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) cooperate in the area of maritime logistics for years. The present report is the third within this cooperation.
Assigned by KMI and carried out by ISL, we studied European Cold Chain Logistics analysing current markets and trends including technologies like Internet of Things (IoT)/Big Data and Smart Machines/Robotics and their impact on Cold Chain Logistics.
A detailed analysis of the European market was unexpectedly difficult due to insufficient availability of data on national as well as on European level. The only credible information was available for Germany, therefore partial analysis regarding market size and characteristics have been limited to this country.
The study shows that IoT/Big Data technologies are mainly used in transport whereas Smart Machine/Robotics technologies are rather used in production and storage.
Particularly promising developments are in the areas of mobile data logger and new low-power networks. Combined with Big Data solutions in addition to recording temperatures consistently one can send and process relevant information during transport to react on deviations in time.
Robots and machines in this domain relieve employees on storage and commissioning, facilitate compliance to hygiene regulations and ease operation of storage areas with controlled atmosphere, i.e. for fruits; a special challenge for mobile energy supply are the low temperatures.