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Pioneer of vehicle logistics – Horst Mosolf joins logistics pantheon

International expert jury honours "Historic Milestones of Logistics" between 1490 and the year 2000. Festive inductive ceremony on November 29 at the German Transport Ministry in Berlin.

Kirchheim/Teck, September 28, 2016. Entrepreneur Horst Mosolf (*1928 †2015) will join the ranks of the pantheon members as a pioneer of vehicle logistics and inventor of specialised automotive transport. He was already setting new benchmarks in specialised automobile transports back in the 1950s and revolutionised the transport industry in this segment. Among other things, he commissioned the construction of the first double-decker wagon in 1959.

The motto for the 2016 voting period for the Logistics Hall of Fame was "Historic Milestones of Logistics" and in total, 13 big names from the field of transport, intralogistics, IT and insurance will be welcomed to the pantheon of the world's most famous logisticians this year.

"The new members complete the timeline of milestone achievements in logistics and illustrate how logistics has made life better and safer over the course of time", is how Anita Würmser, Executive Jury Chairperson of the Logistics Hall of Fame, explains the decision of the jury of international experts.

§  Franz (*1459 †1517) von Taxis (Tasso) and his nephew Johann Baptista (*1470 †1541) von Taxis (Tasso). At the end of the 15th century, they created the first cross-border communication system, laying the foundation for the international postal system and the rise of the Thurn und Taxis family.

§  Henry Ford (*1863 †1947), founder of the Ford Motor Company, and Ransom Eli Olds (*1864 †1950), founder of Oldsmobile, will soon take their place among the ranks of the world's most famous logisticians for the invention of conveyor belt production.

§  US entrepreneur James E. Casey (*1888 †1983) is joining the logistics pantheon as the inventor of parcel services. He founded the "American Messenger Company", later to become "United Parcel Service" – UPS for short.

§  US Americans Norman Joseph Woodland (*1921 †2012), George Laurer (*1925) and Bernard Silver (*1925 †1963) are being honoured for the invention of the barcode.

§  Freight forwarder and IRU President Lothar Raucamp (*1905 †1985) is being honoured as one of the most important advocates of the cooperative idea in logistics. When he set up Kravag in 1950 as a mutual insurance association, he secured the future of thousands of transport companies.

§  Gerhard Schäfer (*1924 †2015) is the only intralogistics expert to join the ranks of the world's most famous logisticians. The market launch and series production of the stackable “storage fix-box” developed jointly by the Schäfer brothers under the lead management of Gerhard Schäfer in 1953 is considered a milestone of intralogistics.

§  There is also a place in the logistics pantheon for Frederick W. Smith (*1944), founder and CEO of Fedex. He is considered the inventor of express services and of the goods hub in the field of air transport.

§  Peer Witten (*1945) is being accepted into the logistics pantheon as a pioneer of Internet trading and modern logistics. As Logistics Director at the Otto Group, he not only built Hermes into a successful parcel distribution organisation from the mid-80s onwards but also initiated a whole series of innovations that set the trend in the market and subsequently served as a benchmark for Internet trading.

The official induction ceremony takes place during a gala dinner at the Federal Transport Ministry – this year on November 29 in Berlin.

The aim of the Logistics Hall of Fame is to document key milestones in logistics and honour the people behind them, in order to underline the performance capability of logistics and to improve the image of logistics. The Hall can be accessed free of charge at any time at and features information and photos on logistics milestones and the people behind them.


The Logistics Hall of Fame was founded in 2003 and honours leading figures who have made outstanding efforts to promote the further development of logistics and supply chain management. This eternal pantheon is also designed to remind future generations of the achievements of these individuals in the service of logistics. The aim of the Logistics Hall of Fame is to act as a worldwide platform to publicise the performance capability of logistics and its importance for society. The Logistics Hall of Fame is a non-profit initiative supported by the world of politics, associations, the logistics industry and logistics science. The patron is Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

About the MOSOLF Group: system services from one source 

The MOSOLF Group is one of the leading system service providers for the automobile industry in Europe. The range of services at the family business, which was founded in 1955 and has its headquarters in Kirchheim unter Teck, includes tailor-made logistics, technical and service solutions. These are provided using a network of business sites across Europe and a multi-modal fleet that combines different means of transport. The MOSOLF Group’s operations also comprise workshop services, special vehicle construction, industrial paint spraying operations, mobility services, releasing agent services and vehicle recycling. Within this context, Mosolf provides all-round, customised solutions for the automobile industry, fleet operators and dealers from one source and also handles the associated data flow using modern software solutions.