TOWARDS FOURTH-PARTY LOGISTICS PROVIDERS - A Business Model for Cloud-based Autonomous Logistics

A. Schuldt, K. A. Hribernik, J. D. Gehrke, K.-D. Thoben, O. Herzog

Abstract

Cloud computing denotes a paradigm shift in computing that enables a flexible allocation of hardware and software resources on demand. Therewith, it is particularly appealing for applications with a high degree of computational complexity and dynamics. This paper identifies logistics planning and control as a promising application for clouds. However, two prerequisites must be met for cloud-based logistics control. Firstly, the platform-as-a-service layer must provide a synchronisation of the physically distributed real-world material flows and the data flows in the cloud. Secondly, appropriate and scalable control software must be implemented on the software-as-a-service layer. Apart from outlining the technical foundations, this paper describes how both steps enable a business model that is usually referred to as fourth-party logistics.

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Schuldt A., A. Hribernik K., D. Gehrke J., Thoben K. and Herzog O. (2011). TOWARDS FOURTH-PARTY LOGISTICS PROVIDERS - A Business Model for Cloud-based Autonomous Logistics . In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER, ISBN 978-989-8425-52-2, pages 445-451. DOI: 10.5220/0003392104450451


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@conference{closer11,
author={A. Schuldt and K. A. Hribernik and J. D. Gehrke and K.-D. Thoben and O. Herzog},
title={TOWARDS FOURTH-PARTY LOGISTICS PROVIDERS - A Business Model for Cloud-based Autonomous Logistics},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,},
year={2011},
pages={445-451},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003392104450451},
isbn={978-989-8425-52-2},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,
TI - TOWARDS FOURTH-PARTY LOGISTICS PROVIDERS - A Business Model for Cloud-based Autonomous Logistics
SN - 978-989-8425-52-2
AU - Schuldt A.
AU - A. Hribernik K.
AU - D. Gehrke J.
AU - Thoben K.
AU - Herzog O.
PY - 2011
SP - 445
EP - 451
DO - 10.5220/0003392104450451