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

“As a result of the increasing growth and relevance of eCommerce, retailers are taking logistics into their own hands again.”

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Since the global boom of smartphones and smart devices, e-commerce and online shopping has been on a steady rise; and it’s slowly changing the way people purchase goods and the way they are distributed from Distribution Centres to customers. This poses a big challenge for warehouses as the movement of goods to and from warehouses become more rapid.

Digital Transformation

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 the world anytime and anywhere, generating huge volumes of data.

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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

Online shopping is increasingly becoming part of everyday life. Forecasts show that in 2020, 891 million Chinese citizens will make more than twice as many online purchases than in 2015. This will amount to approximately 2.17 billion US dollars, which equates to 26.7 % of total retail sales. In order to meet the challenges that online retail poses to intralogistics, Chinese companies are focusing on automation.

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The invention that will revolutionize logistics

What does this invention have to do with logistics?
Technology that can move a car autonomously can also do the same for delivery vehicles. And that is exactly why this invention is important for logistics. The technology is already highly developed and the industry is working feverishly on improving the efficiency for partially autonomous series-production (!) vehicles.

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Successfully managing E-Commerce Challenges

The traditional boundaries between physical and digital retail are blurring. Worldwide, customers are increasingly making use of the ability to buy from anywhere, at any time. And they expect rapid, reliable delivery – to their home, or to a designated pick-up point. There must also be an effective way of managing returns. Altogether, these needs and expectations can only be met with powerful, state-of-the-art intralogistics.

Artificial Intelligence

A World Beyond Our Imagination

What will the future look like?
AI systems that have been trained to perform corresponding intralogistics tasks can help human workers in warehouses. AI systems will make recommendations and improve process efficiency by using smart forecasts.

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6 Myths About Automation of the Intralogistic Processes

Warehouse automation has many advantages: it increases the efficiency and speed of order processing, helps to reduce costs and reduces the number of human errors. However, there are still doubts about the necessity of warehouse automation.
SSI SCHÄFER's expert shares his opinion on some popular misconceptions about automation and explains why they don’t reflect how things actually are.



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Industry 4.0

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Are machines capable of thought?

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