BOXMAN targets to simplify the management of different utilized RTIs by various PMOs used within the supply chain for end users.
Developer : Fraunhofer
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
In logistics, the handling of food is one of the biggest sectors as many goods, ranging from frozen foods to fresh fruit and vegetables, need to be distributed from farm to fork of a client on a daily basis. In between many different actors act in the supply chain and need to handle the goods. Especially in the food distribution sector Returnable Transport Items (RTIs), for example boxes, containers or pallets, are key elements of an efficient supply chain. There are several RTI Pool Management Organizations (PMO) on the market who offer their own RTIs to clients like farmers, traders and retailers. Clients do not need to buy their own RTIs, but may instead rent needed ones on different schemes. The customers need to report every movement or use of an RTI to the according PMOs, which is a time-consuming task for both, retailer and PMO, as there are no standards whatsoever on how to report .
BOXMAN targets to simplify the management of different utilized RTIs by various PMOs used within the supply chain. Here, simple usable frontends shall be developed which shall automate the reporting duties of RTI movements for a PMO customer. The customer shall be able to see what was reported to which PMO and how many RTIs should be on stock. The PMOs will also benefit from a simplified interaction with their customers and gather more transparency on the current stock of their RTIs at each customer.