Logistics Best Practice Idea The decoupling of economic growth and the growth of transport represents a major objective within the European transport policy. The major contributor to transport growth has to be seen in the increased transport intensity of value creation. On the supply side, the non-optimal utilisation of transport capacities and modes contributes to the growth of transport, for example in the lack of acceptance of intermodal transport. This has been a major issue for policy makers for many years. In order to get a better understanding of the interrelation between logistics decisions and transport demand, the European Commission (EC) supported a number of research projects, such as SULOGTRA, EUTRALOG and PROTRANS. As a result, substantial scientific evidence has been produced. However, to achieve the EC´s objectives, these findings must be translated into the daily operations of shippers and logistics service providers. To proactively encourage the adoption of such practices, an international project consortium has been formed in order to create a platform for the continuous exchange and dissemination of logistics best practices. The consortium consists of experts with a relevant research reputation, experience of the aforementioned research activities, as well as expertise in the transfer of knowledge to all managerial levels within business. The consortium will establish and support an independent institutional platform addressing all stakeholders of logistics and transport in its set-up phase and during the initial period of dissemination. This includes all relevant activities from dissemination strategy development through content provision to the preparation of dedicated awards, conferences and workshops. Moreover, the consortium will form a strategy for the financial independence and the continued development of the platform on completion of the project. As a result, the platform will operate as an acknowledged and established institution that is both self-funding and self-improving thereafter. BestLog is part of the EC´s Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 6.2, Sustainable Surface Transport By order of Directorate-General Energy and Transport. Project Start: 1st Febr. 2006 – Duration 4 Years International Project Consortium: - University of Oxford (UK) University of St.Gallen, Chair of Logistics Management (Switzerland) METTLE Group (France) Instituto Tecnológico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logistica - ITENE (Spain) Reliant s.r.o. (Czech Republic) Warsaw School of Economics (Poland) Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (Sweden) European Logistics Association -ELA- (Belgium) Technische Universität Berlin, Bereich Logistik (Germany) Kurzüberblick BESTLOG auf Deutsch: BESTLOG ist ein international besetztes EU-Projekt (Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 6.2, Sustainable Surface Transport) mit dem Ziel der europaweiten Sammlung, Bewertung, Standardisierung und Verteilung von Best Practice Konzepten und Know-how in der Logistik. Zentrale Vision des Projektes ist der Aufbau eines Beratungs- und Transfernetzwerkes als europaweiter Lösungsanbieter für das Benchmarking, die Auditierung / Zertifizierung von Logistik Best Practices sowie für die Bereitstellung von Standards in der Aus- und Weiterbildung in der Logistik. Grundlage und Motivation ist das wirtschaftspolitische Ziel der Europäischen Kommission einer nachhaltigen Entkoppelung des allgemeinen Wirtschaftswachstums vom Wachstum des Transportaufkommens. Logistics Best Practice: Project Discription and Membership Application News: Final Conference in Brussels: The bestLog project, as funded by the EU, will run out in the beginning of 2010. Hence, there is a final conference on the project's findings and proceedings in brussels on the 2nd of december in 2009. For further Information and Flyer please follow the link. Bestlog becomes ELAbestLog: ELA found a new CEO for ELAbestLog For more information please read the press release link. Workshop on education on the 23rd of September in St.Gallen: The bestLog project (the European platform for logistics best practice) invites to the workshop on logistics education in St.Gallen. For further Information and Flyer please follow the link. . Continuation of the bestLog projekt and plattform: The European Logistics Association will continue the bestLog project after the initial funding of the EU is phased out as scheduled in 2006. For further Information and the press release please follow the link.