The idea of developing a digital standard for efficient data exchange within logistics, which easily can be adopted on a global or regional scale, is not new. Previous attempts have resulted in proof of concepts and pilots, where valuable knowledge and experiences have been obtained to build further upon within Peppol Logistics.
There do exist data exchanges in the field of logistics today, but more often than not these are proprietary solutions not fit to solve cross-border and cross-industry efficiency challenges.
Logistics at the scale of construction, the offshore industry, and other industries is complex and involves an immense request for data to secure visibility and transparency in the supply chain. A supply chain that also involves actors in different industries, with different business processes and infrastructure, with a different setup of systems.
The right approach
So, what is the right approach to solve the puzzle of efficient electronic data interchange within logistics? Peppol is now proposed as the best solution for this. With an existing BIS 3.0, a PINT-standard (for countries that need a more open-source version of Peppol), and a four-corner model, Peppol already has a solution that can support cross-border and domestic electronic data interchange in the domains of Pre-Award (Tenders) and Post-Award (Ordering, Invoicing, etc.). To be able to support the logistics domain, new requirements are currently being developed within Peppol. Among others new format specifications that is to be used in the existing Peppol network, that has a proven track record.
The current plan is to initiate the establishment as a new service domain in OpenPeppol at the beginning of 2023, with an MVP in Q3 2023, and a final delivery in the beginning of 2024. A detailed activity scope is shown below:
There are many benefits that will follow the establishment of logistics as a service domain within OpenPeppol, not only for involved stakeholders, but logistics across all industries.
Some of the benefits where Peppol Logistics can serve as an enabler are:
- Traceable goods and containers
- Labelling of goods (with included destination data)
- Reduced administration
- Proactive collaboration in the supply chain instead of reactive problem solving
- Reduced overall expenses in projects due to reduction in lost, misplaced, or delayed cargo
- Better reporting of climate impact
- Reduced climate impact as a direct result of the above mentioned.
- Reduced uncertainty
- Increased transparency
For now, participation in the project of the Peppol Logistics domain is open for participation from other stakeholders, who are interested in making the domain a reality. For any questions or interest in participation please contact email@example.com
You may also view our teaser on the new domain in the video below: