With a specific need to optimise the transportation network to increase speed and reduce cost, Duvenbeck was looking to identify new approaches to an recurringly arising challenge with a clear impact on bottom line results and customer satisfaction. Additional considerations to lower carbon impact through better utilisation of available freight space as well as the optimisation of an integrated data flow between enterprise resource planning systems, went into the overall challenge description.
With a great deal of interest we had the chance to team up the challenge with the Northeastern University of Boston as well as the University of Applied Sciences (FHNW) in Olten, Switzerland. The master students from Boston had a clear business focus on logistics and optimisation of the transportation network, while the student body from Olten added a more technical and computer science component, resulting into slightly re-framed challenge objectives within the overall scope of the original challenge.
After an initial Kick-Off presentation and over the course of a 10 and 15 week (in Boston and Olten respectively) period, students collaborated intensively with the challenge sponsor from Duvenbeck. Leveraging the virtual collaboration space provided by TELANTO as well as regularly speaking during conference calls. Instead of working in a black box, objectives, timelines, deliverables and final outputs were clear to all stakeholders all the way.
Northeastern (US) students, supervised by Paul Tagliamonte, Executive Professor and connoisseur of the automotive logistics industry have delivered a solution approach with clear value and potential impact in Duvenbeck’s future transportation network operation. The students from FHNW (CH), supervised by Thomas Hanne, Professor of Information System had the opportunity to research and analysis an optimised procedure for data management and providing as well an additional value to Duvenbeck. Both solution proposals from the teams in the States and Switzerland are now transferred into the operations and systems department, where they are currently reviewed for implementation.
Future challenges from Duvenbeck will probably more likely be handled directly by the specific department in order to increase the flow of information and communication, which this collaboration with students calls for. Furthermore it was an eye-opener to understand the impact students could provide in a very short time-frame as well as create an intimate employer brand for potential future employees globally and at the company’s doorstep.
Unlimited Engineering’s team of longboard riders, mountain bikers and hardcore skaters came together to create a solid product they knew would change the way people move in today’s urban landscape. Their modular Kits convert ANY board to electric while adapting to your needs, not the other way around. Designed in Barcelona, one of the top 10 smart cities in the world, the incredible lifestyle and community energy has given them the platform to make their vision a reality.
Unlimited Engineering is a company based in Barcelona, which builds modular power trains for sustainable transportation. In essence UE builds the design engineer manufacture market and sells power trains to convert any skateboard into a powerful electric skateboard that is also a vehicle for city transportation. The main market consists of young college students in Germany.
UE has little people on the ground and little-to-none access to real knowledge of this German market and thus the decision to become a part of TELANTO, where challenge sponsors of UE have access to incredibly knowledgeable and excited students that form a part of a team and generate market insight and on-the-ground knowledge that is required to enter the German market.
The challenge for the student teams consisted of a market research and launch strategy for the main UE products in the German-speaking markets, so Germany Austria and Switzerland, and the students came back with amazing results. Not only did they provide extremely accurate and detailed insights into this markets how a launch and campaign strategy should look like and also how to invest money to get the most ROI out of them, but they also provided a personal contact which enabled to get deep insights into these users and main use cases in Germany and how they would be using the product surpassing the expectations.