inconso Journal 01/18
In the context of the growing interconnectedness of logistics processes, the mega-trend of digitalization has far-reaching consequences. Current studies show that the European Commission’s digital economy and society index (aka DESI) has increased across Europe compared to the previous year. The European economy has identified enormous potential in regard to digitalization, whether it is the necessary modification of existing infrastructures, the implementation of innovative mobility and IT concepts or new business models with revolutionary, even disruptive properties.
Compared internationally, however, the European economic area only receives moderate attention. Leading worldwide hotbeds of innovation are located elsewhere, such as in Silicon Valley, even though the digitalization hype in Central Europe already affects products and services as well as work, production and communication processes. Germany is a trailblazer in 4.0 technologies and is among the top countries using robots in the industry. 74 percent of total revenue of industrial robots is spent in the five main markets China, South Korea, Japan, the United States and Germany, according to a current IFR study.
Now the mega-trend in digitalization is also affecting mindsets: The eagerness to innovate and experiment is increasing and automation in many industries is growing. According to an international study conducted by the ZEW and Fraunhofer institute, the innovation indicators of four European countries are among the top 5, with Germany in fourth place. Whereas the opportunities in the production and manufacture industry are especially used in intelligent components, the progress in the area of „smart logistics“ is already a few steps ahead of other areas. This includes highly automated distribution processes, self-controlling processes in intralogistics or intelligent containers. There is still much to do here, but Europe, especially Germany, fares better internationally than some “experts” would like us to believe. In logistics, excitement about innovation is second to nine.
With this as the theme, the feature story of the latest issue of the inconso Journal is dedicated to technological trends that currently influence logistics. Furthermore, the fashion retailer MANGO relies on inconsoWMS and inconsoSCE at its new distribution center in Lliçà d’Amunt near Barcelona, while BSH Hausgeräte GmbH optimizes the processes of its European transport network with SAP TM.
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