In order to contribute to the seamless operation of future inland multimodal hubs, HubHarmony will develop a harmonization benchmark for inland multimodal hubs and provide insights about the impact of promising future value added services on local economies, including existing and new businesses, and on the future development of inland multimodal hubs.
The project will result in the following outcomes:
- A Value Added Service Catalogue, which lists current best practices of services, services offered by international forerunners and an outlook on promising future value added services. These services are at the interface of the Physical Internet, renewable energies and utility efficiency.
- A scoring system with a list of criteria and indicators to evaluate the harmonization level of various inland multimodal hubs regarding the operational procedures business processes and their service offer (harmonization benchmark).
- Empirical tests of the developed harmonization benchmark of hubs. These tests will be made in the partner countries/regions of the consortium and will include different scenarios of the hub environment.
- List of gaps regarding current data collection in order to indicate which data is absolutely necessary for using the harmonization benchmark in real life.
- List of potential impacts of promising value added services in the future on the environment (local economy, design, setting, and - at a higher level of abstraction - overall sustainability) of future inland multimodal hubs.
- List of national dynamics which European-wide harmonization progresses for logistics systems need to deal with, and conclusions which are of high importance to policy makers.