Young Professionals VISIT DENMARK under the motto “Young European Collab” 

Luxembourgish Cluster for Logistics and its Young Professionals Logistics Luxembourg, (YPL2) in collaboration with Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL), and the Dutch network Jong Logistiek Nederland (JLN), were brought together over four days in mutual purpose of an educational field trip; not only to deepen the cooperation that had just got underway, but to also improve it further. The associations share core values and aim to attract career starters and logistics fanatics whilst at the same time offering knowledge and possibilities to network and build a successful career within the logistics sector. It is in mutual interest to jointly develop the collaborations to extend the networks with fellow practitioners from all over the countries.

Johannes Hesse, who represents YPL², together with Mathias Weinmann, co-speaker from YPL² explained: “This is just the first step on a long way to strengthen the cross-border collaborations between Young Professionals. We want to cooperate with friends of logistics on an international scale to raise even more the awareness of the importance and complexity of Logistics & Supply Chain Management in the cultural diverse environment, in which we, the so called “digital natives”, grew up. Borders in such a manner should no longer exist and for everybody involved, there is always going to be a win-win situation ahead. Networks should strongly profit from each other while open events for each other’s members. “

 The destination of the excursion was the Kingdom of Denmark, which in 2016 was not only being honoured as the happiest country in the world but also being known for living “hyke”, the Danish expression for having very comfortable feeling in life. The organisers got therefore curious and wanted to get to know the country and its companies which in turn reflect a high degree of sustainability and relate to the common good of the Danish.

Green and sustainable urban vision

The first visit scheduled started on Thursday at the “State of Green” in Copenhagen, a unique organisation that stands for the Danish self-awareness of environmental-specific issues. It serves as a parent organisation for all companies and institutions involved and supports them in their commitment to sustainability. After getting in intensive touch of the Danish weather and eating the Smorrebrod in different variations in Nyhavn, one of the symbolic images of the capital of Denmark, the group visited Leapcraft. The start-up’s flagship product is a sensor that is installed on lamppost masts, for example, which measures air pollution and noise emissions in cities. On Friday, the participants attended Ramboll, a global consulting and engineering company which plays a key role in the construction of the Oeresund bridge, which connects Copenhagen with Malmo, Sweden. Within two presentations the participants learned how the concept of the "Smart and Livable Cities" was implemented and how energy aspects are crucial as well. It turned out that not only the Dutch prefer the ride the bike but the Danes do, too. This is primarily because it is the fastest means of transport - which sounds logical, but also because it saves money and it keeps you fit.  Towards this pronounced environmental awareness, it took a decade of education to start in the middle of the 70s! The Danish infrastructure is focused on pedestrians and cyclists rather than on vehicles: ((sarcasm on) luckily, before starting the field trip, the group’s decision was to mainly use a van as a mean of transport….) which other capital can claim this already?

YPL2 in Denmark

 

It was great for the group to get through company visits as well as have daily contact with people that have a certain insight into the perspective of a country and the mindset of its people. However, there is hardly a better insight into about the behavior of people than that of an ambassador. Thus, on the sideline of a lunch, the group together with the Dutch Ambassador and representatives of the Luxembourg Embassy shared the won impressions. Subsequently, the group visited the so-called UN - City as well as the container giant MAERSK, where the visit focused as well on the topic of sustainability.  As Malmo is only a few kilometers from Copenhagen, the group decided to go on a short trip over the impressive Oeresund and enjoy a dinner in Sweden. The penultimate day was dominated by a visit of the European cultural capital 2017 Aarhus. After a trip along the coast the road kilometers could be skipped by a fast ferry ride. Arriving in Aarhus, meant that a representative of ID-advice was met with focus on the implementation of RFID technology in bicycles. A very exciting project which takes the potential of such technology within urban logistics. The next day gave time to the participants to decide on their own how to spend the morning before the group went back to Copenhagen, where the journey found its end.

In summary, our overall expectations to not only to get familiar with the successful implementation of innovative but also with sustainable Danish industrial solutions were met. It was interesting to learn in a more concrete way on how the Danes plan and act towards the innovative and sustainable sector and how it plays a key role for us the so called “digital natives”. Further, to see the blithe and happy life of the Danish was particularly impressive and that although the sun is not shining as and although the participants knew each other only sporadically, the group grew together strongly over the total period. Of course, there are always things to do better and but for the fact that it was the first ever held field trip of this kind in which several organizations had been involved and in the beginning many things were open, a very positive conclusion can be drawn. Because of that, loud discussions about the next destination for 2018 got underway – watch this space. 

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