Alongside more established SMEs and global players, new startups also play an important part in HANNOVER MESSE. One example is Dortmund-based catkin GmbH, which is celebrating its début at the “Young and Innovative Companies” pavilion in Hannover this year with its digital networking solutions that span the logistics chain. Managing Director Christian Krüger provides a taste of what visitors can expect: “The key advantage of intelligent networking in transport logistics is that all relevant information can be made visible. With ‘catkin’, this works for all types of orders between companies, and staff can even use an app to access the system on the move.”
Based on standardized structures, the “catkin” open communication portal boosts transparency and improves information-sharing while also reducing the amount of paper used within the logistics network. As a centralized interface, the system also eliminates the errors and disruptions caused by switching between different media, thus speeding up transport orders and reducing costs. What’s more, since “catkin” allows new order structures to be configured and approved online rather than having to be specially programmed, customer-specific requirements can be applied and made available via the app exceptionally quickly. Sample application areas include train driver schedules, truck driver confirmations and technical checks on freight cars. Meanwhile, “rich apps” offer enhanced ergonomics to help simplify day-to-day tasks for rail operatives – changes to the sequence of freight cars, for instance, can be made with a simple swiping motion.
catkin GmbH (44263 Dortmund, Germany), Hall 6, Stand L45/4, co-exhibitor with Young and Innovative Companies