Logistics doesn’t move anything without IT

With a turnover of more than EUR 200 billion per year, the logistics in Germany is the third largest sector after the automotive industry and mechanical engineering. In international comparison, it takes a leading position (2016: 1st place[1]).

For industry and trade, it is both cost and competitive factor. Logistics has thereby developed from the classic triad ”transport – handling – storage” to a growing market of more and more individual and complex services which are only feasible by a likewise individually designed IT support. The mega trend ”Digitization” not only influences established logistics processes, but also affects the entire logistics company, including its ecosystem. New business models for new combinations of services in collaboration with new partners, supported by new technologies, are the result.

The ”Logistics” sector of Fraunhofer ISST supports logistics companies in meeting these needs and in implementing quickly available, individualized and cost-effective logistics services. The basis for this is our Digital Business Engineering Method [Link].

Based on years of experience in the modeling of business processes and the structure, migration and consolidation of durable, complex systems, Fraunhofer ISST is a competent partner in the logistics industry. The aim is to increase the efficiency of logistics solutions and therefore increase the competitiveness of logistics companies in total.



[1] See International Logistics Performance Index of the World Bank, http://lpi.worldbank.org/international/global, accessed on 11.01.2017.



Our Offer

Are you looking for solutions to make your IT more efficient and flexible?
Then we are the right solution with the following services!

We analyze.
Neutral assessment of methods, processes and technologies to realize logistics IT more efficiently.

We conceive.
Conception of sustainable, flexible enterprise IT using semantic technologies, service-oriented architectures and cloud computing.

We transform.
Transformation of an existing enterprise IT into a secure, cloud-ready architecture and infrastructure.

We migrate.
Migration of existing IT solutions and IT applications in the cloud.

We develop.
Development of innovative logistics IT services that flexibly adapt to the challenges of the future.

We support.
Support of logistics companies and logistics IT service providers in the efficient design of logistics IT landscapes.

We network.
Work in collaborative projects (eg. Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster »Cloud Computing for Logistics«).


Current projects

The Department of Digitization in Logistics, developed in close collaboration with the industry, solutions for the logistics IT.


Integration of Industrial Data Space and Blockchain to support additive manufacturing.

Machine Learning / Deep Learning

The increasing digitization of all business areas and business processes leads to an explosive increase in data in the company.

Enterprise Information Management

The need for fast access to business-relevant information means companies need to replace their document-driven information management with a data-driven information management

Beacon Center

Beacons periodically transmit their identification via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Originally, Beacons were developed as iBeacons by Apple to supply customers in the trade at the point-of-sale on their iPhone with information and offers via a corresponding app

Situation-aware Information Logistics

Information logistics is the optimization of the availability and the processing time of information and thus an essential part of the logistics. Information flows accompany goods flows either synchronously or time-shifted. Thereby, the availability of information in real-time or also in advance is of increasing importance.

Logistics Process Management

The mastery of logistics processes and their optimization is the core objective of a logistics company.


develops technology-based learning tools for everyday work.

It is becoming more and more difficult for companies to find personnel with exactly the qualifications required in the business. In order to remain competitive, it is therefore all the more important to equip the existing workforce with the necessary competences.  

Completed Projects