Innovations and Trends

A diverse spectrum of social and technological developments will shape the future of intralogistics. SSI SCHAEFER presents an array of trends and innovations that everyone involved with intralogistics needs to know.

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Industry 4.0

In simple terms, Industry 4.0 refers to nothing other than optimizing the entire value chain during the life-cycle of a product through digitalization and networking. The integrated, self-managing product represents the pinnacle of this development.

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Megatrends

Which megatrends characterize the present? What are the technological effects? Trend researchers have differing answers. We have compiled a number of forecasts from leading trend experts for you.

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IT in the focus of intralogistics

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Internet of Things are hot topics at the moment. Both have become determining factors in the industrial processes that not only have a significant effect on the production of goods, but also on logistics. The complex, interconnected systems that have come into being between production and storage can no longer be handled without modern, high-tech solutions. As digitalisation has increased, intralogistics has become a technology driver.

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The invention that will revolutionise logistics

You will definitely have heard of this invention but won’t have related it to logistics: the self-driving car! It is mostly associated with the stubby Google car or adventurous YouTube videos from Tesla customers.

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Artificial Intelligence

A World Beyond Our Imagination

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) simply a buzzword – or is there more to it? Is AI already deployed in real-world scenarios, or does it remain something for the future? An interview with Markus Klug, Team Leader, Data Analysis & Simulation, at SSI SCHAEFER IT Solutions, sheds light on the issue. Additionally, he provides insight into the SSI SCHAEFER plans to start leveraging AI in its projects.

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E-Commerce Gains Traction In Europe

Online sales are rising rapidly across Europe. Consumers are very willing to make purchases over the Internet. In 2016, the volume of trade transacted over electronic channels grew by 15 percent year-on-year, to a total of 530 billion euros in a market with a total population of 500 million. And studies* have shown that buying and selling via online platforms continues to grow.

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Human-Robot Collaboration: Working Together Efficiently

Robotics and automation are vital aspects of digital transformation – and human-robot collaboration (HRC) has a pivotal role to play. HRC entails people and machines working not simply alongside each other, but actively cooperating. Contrary to popular belief, automation will not replace humans in the long run. Instead, robots will relieve people of monotone and strenuous activities. In particular, machines can efficiently perform tasks that are potentially unhealthy or very difficult, which will ultimately protect employee well-being.

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Asia carves its way to automation

Asia. The largest continent on Earth and home to over 60 % of the world's population. This figure alone signifies the relevance of this part of the world for the global economy. Since the global financial crisis in 2008, the entire Asian economy has benefited from strong growth. Even countries that were comparatively little affected, like Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, record annual growth rates of 5 to 7 %. The same goes for India and Thailand. The only exceptions are Singapore and China, whose projected growth rates are lower.

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The Digitization of Customer Service and Support

In 2007 we saw the launch of the iPhone, heralding a new digitalera. Since then, our personal lives have undergone dramatic change.We are always connected, and able to communicate with the rest of theworld anytime and anywhere, generating huge volumes of data.

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Best Practices & Trends

What will influence our customers today and tomorrow? And, what trends will shape the future markets? For more than 80 years, we think beyond the obvious, understand the challenges of intralogistics, and exploit opportunities. Together with our customers we transfer this into individual solutions, into success stories. Always keeping an eye on the trend topics of the present and the future.

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Innovation is in our DNA

The fourth largest family-owned automotive supplier in the world, Brose Group, has distinguished itself in its long history through innovative products and manufacturing technologies. By always keeping an eye on the technological trends of tomorrow, Brose has continued a pattern of success through innovation. In cooperation with SSI SCHAEFER, as general contractor for material and information flow at the Czech production site in Ostrava, also culminated in an innovation that goes far beyond the industry standard. In this case, a fully automated loading tugger train controlled by SAP.

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Warehouse Automation

By automating (parts of) the warehouse system, customers can lay the foundation for more efficient in-house material flows.

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Value Added Service for E-Commerce Retail

With the exponential demand of consumers shopping online, DSV needed to increase capacity to accommodate their clients' e-commerce growth. DSV, a global 3PL transport and logistics company, enlisted the help of SSI SCHAEFER to design and implement an automated solution for E-commerce that would enable greater capacity within an existing facility.

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E-COMMERCE

The rapid rise and growth of online commerce has created fundamental changes for companies which come with a completely new range of challenges. In order to keep pace with these developments, companies have to enhance their efficiency and streamline their processes while also reducing costs. Your company can profit from and grow with e-commerce with a tailored intralogistics concept from SSI SCHAEFER.

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Digital Transformation

“Digital transformation” refers to the use of digital tools and technologies.

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Warehouse Modernization

Warehouse modernization or “retrofitting” enables the successive renewal or expansion of facilities while also adapting them to the current conditions and market requirements. With an experienced and competent partner such as SSI SCHAEFER, retrofit projects can be carried out during operating hours. Expert knowledge in analysis, planning, manufacturing and implementation enhance the company’s performance in every area.

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Market Topics

At SSI SCHAEFER we always have our finger on the pulse. This enables us to offer our customers innovative products, services and solutions, which are tailored to address the challenges of different markets. Whether digital transformation, goods availability or warehouse automation, we are the competent partner for your company thanks to our in-depth, industry-specific expertise.

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SUSTAINABLE INTRALOGISTICS

Consistent goods availability enables companies to supply their customers rapidly and reliably.

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Are machines capable of thought?

Read more about artificial intelligence in intralogistics in our whitepaper.

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On the fast track

The automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler, headquartered in Herzogenaurach in the German region of Middle Franconia, has commissioned SSI SCHAEFER as general contractor for the intralogistics of one of the most innovative distribution centers in Europe. They also collaborated on the development of the intelligent concept “Maintenance 4.0 for Intralogistics.”

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When You Outgrow Your Warehouse Processes

It was time for the SMW Autoblok team to face the truth — their warehouse was missing inventory, which resulted in late shipments. In turn, they were expediting parts, which increased operational costs. They needed a change.
The change they needed was the semi-automated storage solution, the LOGIMAT SLL by SSI SCHAEFER. Now, SMW Autoblok is sharing the success they have achieved with SSI SCHAEFER warehousing storage solutions and technology.

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IMPLEMENTING A MODERN DISTRIBUTION CENTER FOR A DIGITAL WORLD

How SSI SCHAEFER and Pepperl+Fuchs came together to build an advanced distribution center for the next generation. Using WAMAS® technology with Pepperl+Fuchs sensor data, a truly digital distribution fulfillment center was built not once, but twice. Learn how both companies managed to build one of the most technologically advanced fulfillment facilities in North America.

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Is Cyber November the New Black Friday?

Consumer concerns and health guidelines from the coronavirus pandemic are causing retailers to change peak retail shopping season.

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IT Blog | As powerful as their warehousing software: The advisory expertise of SSI SCHAEFER

The initial situation for Robert and "Freizeit Handels GmbH" was extremely tricky, when they reached the joint decision to make changes to stock handling and therefore also to warehouse management: Due to the rising demands and constantly increasing throughput, the same work required comparatively greater effort than before. The increasing costs of storage began to eat into additional profits. However, this is now water under the bridge and the customer – with Robert at the helm – appears thoroughly delighted with the results of this decision.

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Megatrends

What are the technological effects? Trend researchers have differing answers. We have compiled a number of forecasts from leading trend experts for you.

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Case Study JYSK

Since 2007, JYSK and SSI SCHAEFER have had a trusting partnership and have created three of the most modern logistics centers in the retail industry. By modernizing and expanding the location in Denmark, the partners not only built the largest dynamic distribution center in the country, but, most importantly, guaranteed the efficiency of the processes for today and tomorrow – with a fourth highly dynamic high-bay warehouse and the customized WAMAS® logistics software.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

With new COVID-19 vaccines ready for distribution, companies like SSI SCHAEFER are ready to assist pharmaceutical organizations with successful vaccine storage, fulfillment, and distribution. Learn how cold chain storage best practices are essential in the battle against COVID-19.

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The Latest Trends in Apparel Omnichannel with an E-commerce DTC Strategy

Apparel brands using e-commerce direct-to-consumer models to increase customer retention, while simplifying fulfillment processes and increasing profits in the changing retail world.

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Cold Storage and Automation Combine for Greater Value

Cold storage market expands as e-commerce adoption grows. Build your next-level high bay warehouse cold storage facility using the latest ASRS automation.

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How a Pandemic is Increasing the Need for Cold Chain Storage

Even before COVID-19, the frozen food market was growing. Since the pandemic, that market is expected to reach $387 billion by 2025.

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E-commerce Propels Pet Food Omnichannel Fulfillment

An increase in online pet food sales drives the need for omnichannel distribution for both manufactures and retailers as Fido quarantines with the family.

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