EU Best Practices Guide on Training for SME’s and Logistic Demand and Supply Business Networking

The „EU Best Practices Guide on Training for SME’s and Logistic Demand and Supply Business Networking“ comprises a selection of best practices about a wide scope of initiatives in logistics made in work package 3 of the CASTLE project. Component 3 targets are the identification, analysis, transfer and exchange of policy best practices for SMEs logistics, with specific target on clustering, networking and cooperation in logistics. It’s goal is to improve policy making with 2 complementary viewpoints, as both can be a concrete input for policy makers to innovate and improve their policies: 1) transfer of best logistics policies for SMEs; 2) transfer of best cases of SMEs cooperation in logistics.

These 2 views are targeted to the following policy areas:

  1. strengthening the logistics supply and the logistics industry,
  2. improving the logistics demand in the production systems,
  3. strengthening the logistics training.
    The book has the aim to consolidate the relevant information obtained on the occasion of the EU-survey of best practices from regions outside the CASTLE partnership in three above mentioned areas. Selection of best practices was made on the basis of the CASTLE “consolidation of the best practices on EU level – methodological document”. Following steps were carried out according to this menthodology:
    • Desk work / internet research in order to identify Best Practices (BPs),
    • Selection of 10 most suitable BPs,
    • Getting in contact with the relevant experts of each BP in order to fill in the standardized CASTLE questionnaire (template),
    • Description of 10 BPs on the basis of the questionnaires filled in by BP experts and consolidation in the present BP-guide,
    • Selection of 3 BPs for site visits and planning of visits.

The methodological document of activity 3.6 plans the consolidation of best practices in regions outside partnership by means of 3 joint European surveys and 9 on site visits. All together the 30 best in 3 thematic areas were identified by defining:

  1. Implementation steps
  2. Critical success factors
  3. Concrete results
  4. Lessons learnt
  5. Public’s role

The best practice consolidation should support the exchange of know-how between regions in order to strengthen logistics training and cooperation for SMEs systems and thus increase regional competitiveness and sustainable development. Best practice consolidation should:

  1. Help policy makers to improve their capacity of building logistics policies, support regional economic competitiveness and logistics environmental sustainability (win-win policies).
  2. Create a logistics culture, through the transfer and the exchange of best practices; create new knowledge and skills for logistics improvement.
  3. Network public & private bodies in the field of logistics and business competitiveness as basis for policy making (LoCC concept).