the pursuit of lean delivery traffic has long begun Ob viously companies whose business models depend on fast and smooth delivery processes like Amazon are at the forefront of the quest for new solutions The gigantic virtual department store would like to deliv er orders by aerial drones a compelling vision at first glance albeit a controversial one as well see also in terview with futurist Marianne Reeb on page 104 By now we re seeing governments around the world not readily willing to release air space particularly not in areas where defective or misguided unmanned aerial vehicles might fall on people s heads in other words in cities Currently respective regulations around the globe tend to be tightened rather than loosened to the delight of the population that s increasingly bothered by the whirring devices The scene of other visions of the future is two lev els lower but equally subject to controversial debate The Hyperloop for instance that s supposed to shoot peo ple through subterranean vacuum tubes at the speed of sound following initial hype has been increasingly raising questions One of them is who s going to pay for this The costs for an intercity tunnel network would be exorbitant And the other one how would people be evac uated from the tube in cases of emergency Transportation of goods as a trailblazer for passenger transportation A small scale solution such as interurban trans portation of goods would not entail either of these is sues and might practically serve as a test application for the big vision After all rail transportation began as a solution for goods as well before its potential for hauling passengers was recognized However before the first Hyperloop holes are ready for service optimizations of other urban means of transportation are likely to provide relief such as the time tested bicycle messenger currently the fastest door to door courier unfortunately only for mail and small parcels However a solution combining this lean form of locomotion its minimal requirement for traffic space and low energy consumption with the capacity to haul larger loads would be a winner Exactly this is be hind Schaeffler s Bio Hybrid a four wheel pedelec with In the eastern German city of Halle an der Saale a new assembly and packaging center for the Automotive After market Division with a footprint of over 40 000 square meters 430 560 square feet is being built as one of the 20 initiatives of Schaeffler s forward thinking Agenda 4 plus One program From the new central logistics hub called Aftermarket Kitting Operation AKO automotive spare parts that 180 MILLION FOR ULTRA MODERN LOGISTICS SYSTEM Schaeffler sells as single products and in the form of repair solutions will be picked and packed in kits for Europe wide shipping starting in 2020 900 employees are planned to work there Our new assembly and packag ing center represents the largest single investment by the Schaeffler Automo tive Aftermarket Division to date emphasizes Michael Söding CEO Automotive Aftermarket Schaeffler AG And it pays off by breaking this ground we re ush ering in a new era for our logistics operations geared toward greater flexibility speed and on time deliveries for our customers In Halle we ve found outstanding economic conditions for this purpose including an ex cellent infrastructure and a location that s strategically optimal for us 100 101

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