The Smart Logistics Challenge

How to Deliver, Tomorrow

Finalists have been designated!

Stay tuned for the winner announcement on July 30th and public voting from July 30th to September 10th.

Moving goods is now faster than ever thanks to advancements in automation and technology. In an increasingly connected world, the materials handling industry is a silent hero. It provides the equipment and systems that enable the timely and precise delivery of all the things we couldn’t live without. Tomorrow brings even more change. Future evolutions, changing consumer needs and increasing environmental pressure means the only way forward is innovation.

Can you write the future with us?

Re-think how materials handling can work in the future

Today, the European Materials Handling Federation (FEM) is partnering with six renowned companies within the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry to bring you The Smart Logistics Challenge.

The competition is challenging you to re-think how materials handling can work in the future. How can companies make use of Logistics 4.0 to push the envelope in the industry? Your idea could be the next big thing in materials handling!

Are you a business or engineering student? Do you have what it takes to revolutionise the industry? All you have to do is submit a one-page case solution, and you stand to win a paid traineeship with a top logistics company. It’s that easy! Your successful career can start today.

The possibilities are endless. Join now and transform how we deliver, tomorrow.

Important dates

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Finalists deadline
Winners announced
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Award Ceremony

Win a paid traineeship with some of the most prominent and dynamic players in logistics

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Founded in 2005, Balyo designs, develops and markets totally innovative handling robots. Thanks to its navigation technology, unique inside buildings, Balyo transforms standard forklift trucks into standalone intelligent robots, capable of working alongside human operators. The technological breakthrough introduced by Balyo has permitted fleets of robots to navigate in warehouses or in factories without any additional infrastructures.

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Linde Material Handling GmbH, a KION Group company, is a leading global manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse trucks, and a solutions and service provider for intralogistics.With a sales and service network that spans more than 100 countries, the company is represented in all major regions around the world.

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The SSI Schaefer Group is the world’s leading provider of modular warehousing and logistics solutions. It employs +9,500 people at its headquarters in Neunkirchen (Germany) as well as at more than ten domestic and international production sites, at 70 worldwide operative subsidiaries. Across six continents, SSI Schaefer develops and implements innovative industry-specific answers to its customers’ unique challenges.

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Our journey started 40 years ago and today Stow International, part of the Averys Group, is one of the world’s biggest players in storage solutions. We engineer, manufacture and sell top-quality racking systems for the storage of palletised or small goods and longer items, as well as mezzanine structures, compliant with the most stringent regulations.

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Toyota Material Handling Europe is part of Toyota Industries Corporation – the global leader in material handling, providing businesses of all sizes with a full range of material handling solutions. Toyota offers counterbalanced and warehouse trucks, semi & fully automated solutions, energy solutions, fleet management and services all designed to maximize safety, productivity and efficiency in your operations.

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Vanderlande is the global market leader for value-added logistic process automation at airports, and in the parcel market. The company is also a leading supplier of process automation solutions for warehouses.

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Win incredible prizes

Six winners from Europe stand to win these life-changing prizes

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VIP trip to Antwerp

Invitation to the Award Ceremony, CEO lunch, Gala dinner at the FEM Congress on 13-14 September 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium, with a VIP invite.

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Paid traineeship

Paid traineeship with one of FEM partner companies in Europe for six months.

Public voting will decide the winner of the special TrendSpotter Award

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TrendSpotter Award

VIP Invite to the FEM Congress on 13-14 September 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium, incl. travel and accommodation.

How the competition works

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Develop a solution for one of the cases presented by FEM

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Upload your submission by 6 April 2018

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Polish your concept for the final round with the help of an expert jury panel

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The public vote for their favourite projects