A major European consortium led by Sjaak Wolfert of LEI has therefore developed a new and open online platform called FIspace that focuses on SMEs for the European Commission.

The people in the supply chain can all use the platform to do business and exchange information in a secure environment without having to invest in systems of their own. It lets them respond more simply to the needs of their customers. In addition, European software developers are coming up with new apps such as weather forecasts, crop protection and apps for planning - things that help business people optimise their business operations. FIspace facilitates improvements within the supply chain and to the individual links within it, aiming for a more sustainable and more efficient whole.