Smart City Loop

Smart City Loop is an innovative concept for the fast, economical, reliable and environmentally friendly transport of palletized goods in large cities and conurbations using automated underground transport pipelines.
The transports are carried out autonomously, electrically and fully automatically - independent of above-ground traffic jams and weather conditions - using state-of-the-art conveyor technology.

Supply Chain Digitization – Seizing the Growth Opportunity

Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and the Internet-of-Things, Industry buzz words and IT capabilities that are changing the way business is conducted today, expected to profoundly affect business of tomorrow. For many Fortune 500 companies IT has transformed from a ‘cost center’ to key strategic asset.There are excellent examples today. Yet in terms of industry potential, we have barely even started!

The magical universal smart storage that never runs out of stock — for everyone.

Sensor Technology (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence are driving forces behind procurement innovation projects in large businesses. We believe that a broad distribution of new sourcing and storage solutions is crucial to fueling innovation and transformation processes. This will create real impact that is going to change procurement and retail for good.

Digital Twin of the Warehouse

Traditional supply chain thinking has until now viewed the warehouse as somewhat of static node or nodes within an end to end flow. However, with innovative new technologies applied within the 4-walls we can create an entire "Digital Twin" of each operation. This enables real-time visibility of not only inventory, but also the movements of all assets within the warehouses, creates a dynamic view that then becomes an essential part of the new digitally connected value chain.

From Pipe Dreams to Platform Business: Paths for a smooth Transition

Context: The organisational re-align required after a strategic decision to move towards a platform model uncovers insecurities among stakeholders who are used to pipe models. Challenge: How might we enable the understanding and embracement of a new platform business model? Expected Outcome: Prototyped roadmap with paths for a smooth transition towards a platform business model. List of best-practice tools and methods.

Value Chain Integrity – why maximizing product transparency is good for businesses and consumers

The threat and challenge of fraudulent behavior from criminal actors to everyone in the legitimate value chain also represents a huge opportunity: Namely the opportunity to create - through the right mix of technology and consumer communication - full transparency and certainty around your product’s lifecycle, including everything from raw material sourcing and sale, to consumer engagement and even recycling. This helps established businesses and startups alike to make the integrity of their value chain a stand-out feature, enhancing consumer trust and growth potential.

Be a part of the eTouch evolution: Shaping the future of how we interact and transact within the supply chain.

The accelerated pace of technological development presents us with opportunities to push the boundaries of how we jointly execute the business of logistics. Do these developments connect us all in the right way? Do they meet the needs of every stakeholder? We can answer those questions together. Participate in our workshop to define how technology can positively impact WoW (Ways of Working), increase the speed of logistics processes, reduce errors, and enhance transparency. Your engagement will help lay the foundation for the future of process integration and collaboration.

Digital Technologies

Data handling and software-driven supply chain optimization are becoming increasingly decisive. Data is becoming one of the most important assets in logistics. Data and machine learning offer ways for businesses to better serve their customers, understanding and anticipating their needs to build more user-centered services, automate customer service, and support connected value chains. 
I'd like to share and discuss most aspirational Big Data products and services, Artificial Intelligence solutions and other digital technologies to increase automation, enhance efficiency and revenue streams or create new revenue streams.

Platform solutions: easy access for customers or door opener to new competitors?

Digital platforms offer many chances for new business models. But they can also be considered a threat for one´s own business model. They are an easy door-opener for vendors of outside the industry to intrude into other industry´s "patch" and set their stakes at an alarming speed.

Deep Process Learning – Big Data trifft Prozessoptimierung und künstliche Intelligenz

Die Digitalisierung greift immer weiter um sich. Gleichzeitig werden laut Forbes 80% aller IT-Prozesse immer noch manuell ausgeführt. Durch ein Überschuss an Informationen ist der Mensch und Mitarbeiter mit Daten überflutet und kann keine klaren Entscheidungen mehr treffen. War die Digitalisierung also umsonst? Erzeugt Big Data mehr Verwirrung als das es hilft? Nein! Denn Big Data kann nur der erste Schritt sein! Mit Hilfe von Deep Process Learning ist es möglich, die Daten aus Ihrem ERP System endlich gewinnbringend einzusetzen. Dazu werden Daten aus Ihrem Unternehmen genutzt, um Prozesse vollkommen zu automatisieren, um nicht möglich geglaubte Effizienzgewinne zu erzielen.

Logistics in a VUCA world - what will be the outcome?

The acronym VUCA, which stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, describes the future outlook for global logistics. This session will attempt to solicit from attendees their thoughts on how such a world might be successfully navigated by logistics companies and what needs to be done now to prepare for operations in such a world.

Impact of technological change on worker skill requirements - are we ready?

With the rapid advance of innovative technologies in the logistics space there is some concern that the skills needed to properly employ/exploit these technologies will be in short supply. This session will focus on this issue with the thought to gain the insights of attendees and develop potential actions to address the problem.

3D-Printing - what will be possible in future?

The 3D-printing technology is developing with an accelerating pace and will impact increasingly value chains. What are the next technological developments? What resulting application options can we expect in future? How will these expected developments impact value chains? These questions will be addressed by a technology expert - followed by an interactive discussion.

Race for IoT-leadership

IoT is pushed hard by countries like USA and China. Though we do have the expertise in Germany and Europe, a combined strategy is missing. Software provider and industry need to collaborate to reach an appropriate size to realize network effects. If we get bogged down in individual solutions again, we run the risk not to keep pace in this highly relevant field.

Platform driven revolution of supply chain

It is important to focus the need for an effective supply chain. Companies get various advantages through a network for all parties – suppliers, distributor and customers. The platform economy offers companies the chance to build new digital business models in the B2B area, which may also require a destructive approach that can at least partially attack the core business. The results are new opportunities and potential of extended trading in digital marketplaces.