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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Retailers Drop Anchor on Distribution Center Conversion Trend

As e-commerce surges, retailers focus on fast, residential delivery with retail-to-distribution center conversion. Empty shopping mall anchor stores serve as prime commercial real estate to shorten last-mile delivery and build upon omnichannel distribution offerings.

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Automated Storage and Retrieval for SKU Proliferation

Find the perfect ASRS solution for SKU proliferation for just-in-time distribution and streamline operation fulfillment costs while keeping profits.

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Omnichannel E-Commerce is Growing Vine for Wine

The wine and spirits industry is undergoing a transformation as omnichannel e-commerce takes hold and distribution centers adjust to new order structures and fulfillment strategies.

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Cold Chain CPG Manufacturers Benefitting From Omnichannel

With many cold chain CPG companies encountering severe supply shortages during the initial months of the coronavirus pandemic, now is the time to capitalize on omnichannel trends. To ensure supply where and when it’s needed—regardless of retail channel—a hub and spoke distribution model can benefit cold chain CPG manufacturers on several fronts.

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How a Pandemic Increased E-Commerce Apparel Purchases

The COVID-19 pandemic left the apparel industry reeling as stay-at-home orders drastically decreased brick-and-mortar retail sales. To mitigate losses, many brands began focusing on e-commerce purchases as consumers began to shop from home. Learn how apparel retailers switched strategies to thrive amidst a pandemic and gain more information on the supply chain technology necessary to stay competitive in today's "new normal."

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Ice Cream Industry Keeps its Cool with Automation and Cold Storage

Today’s swiftly changing supply chain landscape creates the perfect storm for cold chain expansion. Frozen food delivery was gaining popularity even before the pandemic. Now, even higher consumer expectations necessitate seamless cold chain processes from businesses and logistics partners in the ice cream market. Join us for a look into how cold chain storage and automation partner together to deliver America's favorite dessert to consumers.

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Beauty Subscription Boxes Benefit from Fulfillment Automation

Convenience continues to reign supreme in the minds of consumers. With beauty subscription boxes gaining popularity, learn how kitting helps players in the cosmetics industry quickly fulfill orders and stay competitive.

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