BENCHMARKING REVIEWS

An essential part of the LOG4GREEN project is the integrated benchmarking process. A Review on Research Agendas of 15 different research-driven logistics clusters & regions in North America and in Asia has been produced.

Looking at logistics today, the role of clusters gets more and more important for a sustainable development. 
Today, sustainable logistics means minimisation of ecological impacts ("greening") and technological innovation of transport. However, the LOG4GREEN consortium believes that logistics is able to contribute even more. As logistics has to deal with the growing complexity of business every day, it is well prepared to address complex challenges like urbanisation, individualisation of customer demands or renewable energy supply. 
Combining knowledge, interests and opportunities of all stakeholders from industry, government and research, logistics clusters provide ideal breeding grounds for future logistics. 

The aim of the LOG4GREEN benchmarking review is to give a first impression of how logistics clusters beyond Europe perform in this sense and how their agendas for the future look like. 

The matrix below represents an overview of 6 selected regions. Among these, the clusters of Singapore and Los Angeles have been chosen by the consortium to carry out benchmarking visits in spring 2014

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Pillar

Parameter

Atlanta

(USA)

Dallas

(USA)

Los Angeles

(USA)

Shanghai

(CN)

Singapore

(SG)

Yokohama

(J)

General Information

Population

        5.286.728  

        6.426.214  

       12.828.837  

      23.020.000  

        5.184.000  

        3.700.000  

Economic performance

GDP (per capita) in US Dollar

             51.472  

             57.692  

              56.183  

             13.650  

             61.046  

             35.000  

Unemployment rate

8,2%

6,3%

 9,3%

 4,5%

2.1%

5%

Existence of funding and financing instruments to support SMEs

a

a

a

a

a

a

Existence of comprehensive support networks for start-ups

a

a

a

a

a

a

Logistics specific economic performance

Number of companies in the logistics sector

               3.203  

               3.538  

                7.692  

           730.000  

               9.102  

                  420  

Share of employees working in logistics

5,8%

5,0%

3,4%

N/A

10,9%

N/A

Share of employees working in corresponding key industries (trade, manufacturing industries, ICT)

Manuf.: 6,6%

Trade: 15%
Manuf.: 8%

Manuf.: 9,5%

Manuf.: 9,3%

N/A

N/A

Existence of surrounding markets to implement innovative logistics solutions (e.g. urban or metropolitan areas to implement security systems for urban supply)

a

a

a

a

a

a

Infrastructre


Length of roads,
railways and
waterways in miles

Georgia:
21.200
4.700
137

 Texas:
79.530
10.384
423

Southern California:
8.906
 -  

Shanghai:
7508
287
1383

Singapore:
2.027
982
N/A

Japan:
39.615
12.458
 -

Number of freight handling facilities (hubs) to enable multimodal transport; number of freight airports, ports

26

8

6

5

12

3

Existence of adequate ICT infrastructure (e.g. broadband access)

a

a

a

a

a

a

Institutions, Policies & Strategies

Existence of national or regional administrative institutions / departments dedicated to deal with logistics

a

a

a

a

a

(a)

Number of technology transfer centres / incubators

25

1

30

42

15

8

Existence of innovation policies (funding instruments, innovation strategies)

a

a

a

a

a

a

Existence of cluster policies on regional or national level

a

a

a

a

a

a

Existence of sustainability policies (e.g. sustainability and mobility strategies, energy and waste management strategies)

a

(a)

a

a

a

a

Science &
Education

Number of (applied) universities and research institutes dealing with logistical issues

17

18

5

4

6

37

Number of research entities dealing with sustainability aspects within logistics

4

2

4

8

2

2

Existence of a Strategic Research Agenda dedicated to (sustainable) logistics

r

r

r

N/A

(a)

r

Existence of interdisciplinary logistics research (e.g. existence of interdisciplinary centres)

a

a

a

a

a

a

Existence of logistics specific vocational training (occupational and extra-occupational)

a

N/A

a

a

a

a

Cluster performance

Existence of a logistics cluster representing the triple helix (developing or established)

a

a

(a)

a

a

(a)

Existence of a logistics strategy and /or objectives on cluster (or regional) level

(a)

a

(a)

(a)

a

N/A

Occurrence of sustainability / green aspects as part of the logistics cluster or regional strategy / agenda

a

a

(a)

(a)

(a)

N/A

Existence of demonstration projects designed to the future of logistics and/or sustainability of transport

a

N/A

a

N/A

a

a