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Defining and measuring communication flexibility for smart logistics.

The primary aim of this  project is to develop and validate the concept of communication flexibility enabled by information and communication technologies (ICT) in the context of logistics.

The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded First Grant project looks at inter-organisational linkages, intra-organisational linkages and multi-modal informational linkages in order to investigate and consolidate key emerging technologies in the logistics field. These include real time tracking technologies using Global Positioning System (GPS) and RFID, and electronic logistics marketplaces based on cloud computing solutions.

Used separately or in combination these technologies will facilitate inter-organisational communication at different levels. The key output of this investigation will be a method for assessing and measuring communication flexibility, allowing organizations to determine the costs and benefits of investing in ICT infrastructure vis-à-vis logistics performance in terms of cost, efficiency, responsiveness and carbon emissions.

Find out more about the ComFlex project.

Project Outputs


Recent open access papers (under CC-BY license)



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