Winners Of The Transport Logistic Think-a-thon 2019 Have Been Announced.


How can logistics processes be improved through automation based on real-time and historical data? And which new business models are promising? Around 30 students of logistics disciplines, supported by professors and industry experts, pursued these questions during the three-day transport logistic think-a-thon. Finally, four groups presented their ideas to the expert audience.

The approaches developed directly at the fair included an innovative platform concept for generating valuable information from raw data for companies along the supply chain and the use of automated robots for delivery over the last mile. Furthermore, fields of application of block chain technology for safer supply chains were presented. The winner of the transport logistic think-a-thon 2019, however, was the idea of a team from Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, which helps to make better use of loading space capacities by means of automated capacity optimization.

The winning team of the University of Augsburg, HSA_ops Research Group for Optimized Value Creation, was delighted with the award: “It was a great challenge to work on this topic in such a short time. But we were able to profit a lot from the input of the companies and in the end we succeeded in combining the different ideas into one concept. And of course it was fun, too.”

“Bringing together academic expertise and practical know-how in this very dynamic way is enormously valuable for everyone involved. The students are a key to success because they search for approaches beyond the boundaries of individual companies and within the entire logistics chain and thus develop new solutions for our industry. The successful continuation of the think-a-ton in Munich makes us very proud as initiators,” says Martin Kraemer, Head of Marketing and PR of Jettainer GmbH.

The students of the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, the Technical University Darmstadt and the Technical University Munich as well as international students of the Erasmus program were divided into groups during the think-a-thon. Each of them dealt independently with the given topic. They were assisted by the supporters of the think-a-thon, Fraport, Bosch, DAKOSY and DoKaSch as well as other logistics experts of the 2,360 exhibitors at the fair. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure was the patron of the think-a-thon 2019.

“With the think-a-thon, transport logistic has integrated the innovation format in Munich for the first time since its launch in Shanghai a year ago. The positive feedback from all participants confirms that the opportunity for creative exchange with universities and colleges and their students is an additional enrichment for transport logistic,” says Dr. Robert Schönberger, Exhibition Group Director for the transport logistic cluster at Messe München.

Transport logistic Worldwide

The international industry network of transport logistic consists of eight events. In addition to the leading international trade fair transport logistic in Munich, there are three events in China. Messe München organizes transport logistic China every two years, and it also holds the transport logistic China Forum in alternating years, both in Shanghai. In addition, there is a partnership with the China International Transportation & Logistics Expo in Chengdu, an event of the Chinese logistics association CCTA. In India, transport logistic India @ CTL is organized in cooperation with Exim India and takes place every two years in Mumbai. In Turkey, Messe München and EKO Fair Limited jointly hold the logitrans International Transport Logistics Exhibition in Istanbul. Current additions to the trade fair network are Air Cargo India and Air Cargo Africa, which will be held in Mumbai and Johannesburg respectively in two-year intervals.


Jettainer GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Cargo AG. Jettainer is currently responsible for the complete management of approx. 90,000 units – so-called Unit Load Devices – for 22 airlines. This includes managing, positioning, maintaining and servicing the items. The company currently operates at more than 450 airports around the world. Apart from its headquarters in Raunheim near Frankfurt/Main in Germany, Jettainer operates offices at the central hubs of international airlines in Abu Dhabi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Rome and Zurich as well as an operations base in Mumbai. Since 2014, Jettainer Americas Inc. has been running its own company in the USA with its headquarters in Delaware and branches in Dallas, Chicago, Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

Jettainer handles the complete value-added chain for ULD management – ranging from purchasing ULDs to managing and repairing them and even providing customized IT solutions and financing concepts. Jettainer tops off its services package with JettLease, a leasing product for ULD emergencies. The company is certified in line with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management standard and the ISO 9001 Quality Management standard.

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