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IPIC 2014

Early bird registration limit: April 17, 2014


The Interuniversity Research Center on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) and Université Laval’s Faculty of Business Administration (FSA ULaval) are proud to welcome the 1st International Physical Internet Conference. It is from May 28-30, 2014 that the 300 awaited participants, coming from the Americas, Europe and Africa will converge towards Quebec City, at FSA ULaval, to discover the infinite possibilities of the Physical Internet. 

The mission of the 1st International Physical Internet Conference

The Physical Internet Initiative aims at transforming the way physical objects are moved, stored, realized, supplied and used, pursuing global logistics efficiency and sustainability (www.physicalinternetinitiative.org). Originating from Professor Benoit Montreuil in 2006, this ground breaking vision, revolutionizing current paradigms, has stirred great interest from scientific, industrial as well as governmental communities. The purpose of this first international Physical Internet conference is to bring together all interested parties and facilitate a sharing of minds in order to build new foundations and steering momentum towards the emergence of efficient and sustainable interconnected logistics. Université Laval will host this international event on May 28-30, 2014, in Quebec City, Canada.

«Physical Internet»: Striking results

Exploiting Mobility Web for the Consumer Goods Industry in France

A simulation based on product distribution flow to two top retailers in France, from their 100 top suppliers.

Preliminary results using existing infrastructures, facilities, demand patterns and service levels:

  • Economical: From 4% to 26% overall cost saving
  • Environmental: About 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, by combining road-to-rail modal transfer and more efficient road transport


Road and rail transport were seamlessly integrated into the Physical Internet backbone network.

Source : Ballot É., B. Montreuil, R. Glardon (2012), Simulation de l’Internet Physique: contribution à la mesure des enjeux et à sa définition, PREDIT Research Report, France, June 2012, 96 p. 


« Physical Internet »: its high potential confirmed

An American research team confirms the high potential of the Physical Internet. They estimate that if 25% of the US supplychain would use the Physical Internet, It could boost profits by 100 Milliards $/year and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 33%


 Source : http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/articles/physical-internet-logistics-could-boost-us-profits-100-billion-cut

N.B US CELDi research team was lead by Prof. Meller from U. Arkansas and Prof. Ellis from Virginia Tech


Last modification : May 20, 2014