Savings Potential Through Autonomous Control in the Distribution of Rental Articles

  • Florian Harjes
  • Bernd Scholz-Reiter
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Logistics book series (LNLO)


In general, rental articles circulate in closed logistic systems between the lender and one or more dynamically changing customers. The planning processes, related to the allocation of those articles to customer orders, are a challenging task. This is especially the case, if orders have a close temporal distance, as the corresponding order execution takes place between the poles of high customer demands and the lender’s economic interests. This paper introduces an autonomously controlled distribution system for rental articles that takes over both the allocation of articles to orders and the related logistic planning. At this, the focus lies on the results of first benchmarks and an estimation of the related potential for savings. A company from the field of event logistics serves as an application example for the distribution approach.


Autonomous control Event logistics Agent-based distribution Rental articles Savings potential 



This research is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the Collaborative Research Centre 637 “Autonomous Cooperating Logistic Processes—A Paradigm Shift and its Limitations” at the University of Bremen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BIBA—Bremer InstitutfürProduktion Und Logistik GmbHUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.University of BremenBremenGermany

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