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Frankfurt Air Cargo Innovation Lab

Frankfurt Air Cargo Innovation Lab

Digitization and Big Data Are Changing the Supply Chain

As the innovation leader in the airfreight segment, we invited the most influential thinkers in the sector, together with the wider industry and the research sector to the first Frankfurt Air Cargo Innovation Lab, held on September 27 and 28. Around 100 attendees discussed the future of logistics and the opportunities and challenges posed by digitization and big data.


On September 27 and 28, the leading figures from the airfreight sector met with representatives from industry and science to discuss the future of logistics at the “Frankfurt Air Cargo Innovation Lab”. In cooperation with the publishing company DVV Media Group, Fraport, as the innovation leader in the airfreight segment, had invited the entire sector to Frankfurt Airport to exchange ideas and discuss how digitalization, big data and innovative technologies will change the air cargo supply chain and which new business models may arise as a result.

To open the topic, Prof. Franz Josef Radermacher, professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Ulm, introduced worldwide trends and innovation drivers. This look at the future was supplemented by the program director of the DHL Innovation Center, Dr. Jessica Voss, who presented various scenarios for the logistics landscape in 2050.

Speakers from outside the industry had been deliberately invited to the event for a broader perspective. For example, the Head of Innovation and Collaboration at Google Germany, Klaus-Peter Fett, explained in the later course of the event how important cooperation is when it comes to advancing the cause of digitization. With regard to big data, Dr. Steffen Wagner of KMPG highlighted effective ways to harness data. Moreover, Future Candy introduced the latest developments from Silicon Valley and even gave participants a chance to try out these technologies, such as virtual reality glasses, for themselves.

But of course, there were also speakers of the logistics industry. Marcel Fujike of Kühne + Nagel discussed which innovations the company is already pushing forward with the help of digitization. LH Cargo made a joint appearance with RocketSpace, a startup accelerator that aims to allow established firms to tap into innovation. LH Cargo hopes the cooperation between the two firms will make it possible to develop new solutions faster, thereby playing a leading role in shaping the future of the industry.

Podium discussions and interactive workshops supplemented the talks. Attendees were seated around the circular stage of the Fraport Forum venue, an arrangement that gave rise to vivid interaction between speakers and participants.

“Innovations are not brought into being by single individuals. Ideas have to be shared and discussed in open dialog so that newer and even better ideas can be developed together”, explained Dirk Schusdziara, SVP Cargo of Fraport AG. “Increasing digitization will change our sector over the coming years. This presents us with certain challenges but also offers countless opportunities. As innovation leader in the airfreight sector, Fraport wants to be a forward thinker and pioneer in this process”.

Read on – for excerpts from the reports on FACIL, please see the following links:

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