A logistics company seeks start-up companies for the development of a software solution for personnel deployment and workload visualisation
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Deadline: Aug 17, 2021
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The German branch of a multinational company is looking for a cooperation with a start-up for the development of a software solution for the optimized physical deployment of personnel as well as a visualization of the workload for its control. The company is interested in common development or already developed solutions that can be adjusted within a technical cooperation agreement. This request is part of an open business challenge for start-ups.


An multinational logistic service provider in Germany wishes to otimise the deployment of personnel and the planning of deployment. This should take into account fluctuations in the order structure as well as the order workload and avoid disruptions in the process flow. They are therefore looking for a software solution that makes it possible to deploy personnel optimally on the basis of the individual situation and parameters and to visualize and carry out the associated personnel planning transparently.

The software solution should thus enable optimal resource utilization in the individual work areas (pick areas) and increase the transparency of the process and material flow by means of visualization for the control center employees. It should thereby support the planning of personnel deployment below ground. Another function that would be desirable in the software solution at a later point in time is the option to integrate individual skills of the employees and to also let these flow into the planning of personnel deployment.

The company is looking for a start-up from the IT sector for the development of this software solution within a technical cooperation agreement.

IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an internet platform that was issued by a city in North Rhine-Westphalia. If a start-up expresses interest before the closing date of August 15, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. The start-up company takes part in the challenge with their application. If it is selected, it will be invited to spend five working days in workshops with the German company regarding a solution concept as well as workshops with information on the German market and regional market entry strategies. Due to COVID-19, the workshops and meetings will take place virtually. All submissions will get feedback by the company. The challenge closes on August 15, 2021. After that, the firm will select the start-ups with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution.

As this challenge promotes cross-border cooperation applications, it is not open to German companies.

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A start-up company from data analytics, smart construction/building, smart city, safety, logistics and other areas is sought for a technical cooperation agreement to develop or implement a solution in close cooperation with the German company. It would also be possible to adjust an existing solution. The start-up company will be referred to an open innovation platform after expressing an interest. The deadline to apply is 15 August 2021. A technical cooperation agreement will be offered. Partners should not be from Germany as cross-border cooperation is envisaged.

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