German companies plan block chain solution for load carrier exchange

Edeka, Lidl, Henkel, SAP, Lufthansa and other leading German companies want to jointly develop a block chain solution for the exchange of so-called load carriers. This was announced by the German offshoot of the standardization organization GS1 in a press release on February 13, which will lead the project.


More efficiency in the transport of goods

Load carriers are load-bearing objects for combining goods into a load unit, such as pallets, containers and semi-trailers, which facilitate the handling of load units.

Within two years, the companies involved intend to jointly develop a block-chain-based, market-ready solution with which the exchange of different load carriers can be managed digitally, transparently and efficiently.

Dirk Freda, Lead Competence Center Supply Chain Management at GS Germany, describes the goal of the project as follows:

“The common goal of the project is to create more transparency and efficiency in the market by means of block chain. Our aim is not to develop another platform, but to create compatibility and synergy effects by means of block chain in conjunction with standards.”


In the first half of the two-year project, a detailed concept is to be developed and implemented in the second year. A consortium of the participating companies will then operate the solution on behalf of the customer.


Blockchain already successfully tested for pallet exchange

GS1 Germany had already successfully completed a block chain pilot project for pallet exchange in 2018. At that time, the organisation had come to the conclusion that the efficiency of pallet exchange by carriers during goods transfer could be completely digitalised with block chain technology.