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Challenges for the logistics industry

Whether they’re in a truck on a main road or in a container on the high seas, goods are repeatedly lost or stolen during delivery, spoil due to an interruption in the cold chain or are damaged by vibrations. If these problems are detected too late, the delivery date can usually no longer be met.

The solution: The Internet of Things (IoT) makes the supply chain transparent. Intelligent trackers send data in real time along the entire supply chain – from the factory to the salesroom, from the field to the supermarket. IoT solutions also accelerate the various processes within the supply chain: collection at the push of a button instead of long waiting and idle times, digital freight documents instead of illegible paper stickers and a transparent vehicle fleet instead of unnecessary costs and downtimes.



 

The various stations of the supply chain at a glance

Smart Logistics Supply Chain

Whether in the production hall, on the delivery route or directly at the customer: We support you with our IoT know-how during every transport phase. Digitalize your supply chain now.

IoT for the supply chain: How to digitalize every stage

1 Manufacturing and production

Challenges: When parts are finished, waiting and idle times occur between the value-creation stages. Further delays are caused by reordering consumables such as screws or printer cartridges via an ERP system.

Solution: The IoT Service Button shortens the time between the completion and collection of products. When a part is finished, the responsible employee presses the smart button. This automatically notifies the logistics department via SMS or e-mail. Consumables can also be reordered at the touch of a button.

Benefits: Manufacturing and production are accelerated because waiting and idle times are reduced to a minimum. The reordering of consumables also takes less time.

2 Transport logistics

Challenges: Logistics providers must keep costs on the delivery route as low as possible and at the same time ensure that the goods reach their destination on time, do not spoil or get lost.

Solutions: With solutions such as the Low Cost Tracker or Shipment & Asset Monitoring, networked sensor modules notify the logistics provider in real time when the goods leave the prescribed route on the delivery route, when shocks occur or when the ambient temperature changes. The trackers are simply attached to the pallet or container beforehand.

Benefits: Thanks to real-time notifications, fewer goods are lost, spoiled or damaged in transit. Cost-effective solutions such as the Low Cost Tracker are also worthwhile for tracking one-off deliveries.

3 Yard and intralogistics

Challenge: Delivery notes often become damaged or dirty, or are incorrectly labelled during transport. Tracing all delivery information on paper labels is often a tedious and error-prone process.

Solution: Digital Label & Goods Tracking digitalizes paper delivery notes. The e-label is networked with the cloud and displays the location and destination of the goods in real time. Sensors detect shocks and temperature changes and automatically provide the label with the corresponding warning symbol.

Benefits: Goods can be received and forwarded more efficiently and reliably in intralogistics. Damaged goods are identified by a warning symbol. This prevents these goods from reaching the customer or production.

4 Delivery

Challenge: Driver shortages delay delivery times and increase freight rates. A lack of overview of the fleet ensures that missing vehicles and inaccurate time data from drivers are detected too late. This regularly costs logisticians time and money.

Solution: With Drive & Track, fleet managers locate their vehicles in real time and have an overview of all vehicle performance via a cloud-based platform. And they receive immediate notification of accidents, theft and use outside working hours.

Benefits: Full transparency of fleet performance enables fleet managers to reduce costs, improve operations and increase fleet productivity. At the same time, they optimize deployment routes and maintain their vehicles at the optimum time.

5 Customer

Challenge: When goods are delivered, personnel must always be available in the warehouse, even for deliveries at night. This causes waiting times and personnel costs.

Solution: With Mobile Identity & Access, MIA for short, suppliers receive a digital key via app. This key is personalized and time-controlled and makes it easy to open doors, gates, barriers and trunks – around the clock.

Benefits: Waiting times for suppliers are eliminated, as goods can be delivered at any time. Every access is documented in accordance with data protection regulations and individual keys no longer have to be managed.

IoT for the supply chain: How to digitalize every stage

Whether in the production hall, on the delivery route or directly at the customer: We support you with our IoT know-how during every transport phase. Digitalize your supply chain now.

1. Manufacturing and production

Production

Challenges: When parts are finished, waiting and idle times occur between the value-creation stages. Further delays are caused by reordering consumables such as screws or printer cartridges via an ERP system.

Solution: The IoT Service Button shortens the time between the completion and collection of products. When a part is finished, the responsible employee presses the smart button. This automatically notifies the logistics department via SMS or e-mail. Consumables can also be reordered at the touch of a button.

Benefits: Manufacturing and production are accelerated because waiting and idle times are reduced to a minimum. The reordering of consumables also takes less time.

2. Transport logistics

Freight Logistics

Challenges: Logistics providers must keep costs on the delivery route as low as possible and at the same time ensure that the goods reach their destination on time, do not spoil or get lost.

Solutions: With solutions such as the Low Cost Tracker or Shipment & Asset Monitoring, networked sensor modules notify the logistics provider in real time when the goods leave the prescribed route on the delivery route, when shocks occur or when the ambient temperature changes. The trackers are simply attached to the pallet or container beforehand.

Benefits: Thanks to real-time notifications, fewer goods are lost, spoiled or damaged in transit. Cost-effective solutions such as the Low Cost Tracker are also worthwhile for tracking one-off deliveries.

3. Yard and intralogistics

Challenge: Delivery notes often become damaged or dirty, or are incorrectly labelled during transport. Tracing all delivery information on paper labels is often a tedious and error-prone process.

Solution: Digital Label & Goods Tracking digitalizes paper delivery notes. The e-label is networked with the cloud and displays the location and destination of the goods in real time. Sensors detect shocks and temperature changes and automatically provide the label with the corresponding warning symbol.

Benefits: Goods can be received and forwarded more efficiently and reliably in intralogistics. Damaged goods are identified by a warning symbol. This prevents these goods from reaching the customer or production.

4. Delivery

Delivery

Challenge: Driver shortages delay delivery times and increase freight rates. A lack of overview of the fleet ensures that missing vehicles and inaccurate time data from drivers are detected too late. This regularly costs logisticians time and money.

Solution: With Drive & Track, fleet managers locate their vehicles in real time and have an overview of all vehicle performance via a cloud-based platform. And they receive immediate notification of accidents, theft and use outside working hours.

Benefits: Full transparency of fleet performance enables fleet managers to reduce costs, improve operations and increase fleet productivity. At the same time, they optimize deployment routes and maintain their vehicles at the optimum time.

5. Customer

Customer

Challenge: When goods are delivered, personnel must always be available in the warehouse, even for deliveries at night. This causes waiting times and personnel costs.

Solution: With Mobile Identity & Access, MIA for short, suppliers receive a digital key via app. This key is personalized and time-controlled and makes it easy to open doors, gates, barriers and trunks – around the clock.

Benefits: Waiting times for suppliers are eliminated, as goods can be delivered at any time. Every access is documented in accordance with data protection regulations and individual keys no longer have to be managed.

4 expert tips for logistics accelerators

Reduce waiting and down times and keep product information, location and condition of your goods always in view

Shorten your waiting times: A push of the IoT Service Button is enough and spare parts on the assembly line are reordered directly, full containers are picked up and technical faults are reported.

With the digital freight paper, you have a real-time overview of all product information and possible damages.

Take advantage of dynamic route planning: thanks to smart fleet management, you always know where your trucks are on the move and are informed in good time about accidents, theft or delays.

Thanks to Smart Tracking Devices, you know the location and condition of your goods in real time – whether in the container on the ship or on a pallet in the truck. This means that fewer goods are lost, damaged or spoiled during transportation.

Reduce waiting and down times and keep product information, location and condition of your goods always in view

Shorten your waiting times: A push of the IoT Service Button is enough and spare parts on the assembly line are reordered directly, full containers are picked up and technical faults are reported.

With the digital freight paper, you have a real-time overview of all product information and possible damages.

Take advantage of dynamic route planning: thanks to smart fleet management, you always know where your trucks are on the move and are informed in good time about accidents, theft or delays.

Thanks to Smart Tracking Devices, you know the location and condition of your goods in real time – whether in the container on the ship or on a pallet in the truck. This means that fewer goods are lost, damaged or spoiled during transportation.

Smart logistics e-book

IoT solutions in practice: How well-known SMEs optimize their supply chains with the Internet of Things. From the full-service logistics provider Quehenberger to the plant manufacturer Krones to the automotive supplier Continental. Please note: The form section for the download, the following communication and the white paper are in German.
 

E-book: Successful with Smart Logistics
E-book: Successful with Smart Logistics

Smart logistics e-book

IoT solutions in practice: How well-known SMEs optimize their supply chains with the Internet of Things. From the full-service logistics provider Quehenberger to the plant manufacturer Krones to the automotive supplier Continental. Please note: The form section for the download, the following communication and the white paper are in German.
 

How you benefit from a digitalized supply chain

Start immediately

Start immediately
Many IoT solutions can be implemented directly and easily integrated into existing processes.

Accelerating processes

Accelerate processes
Re-order materials at the push of a button, have goods picked up quickly and report technical faults.

Schnelle Kundenbelieferung

Faster delivery to customers
Plan your routes effectively and accelerate your deliveries with permanent monitoring of fleet and goods.

Reduce running costs permanently

Reduce running costs permanently
Monitor driving behaviour, save fuel and deliver goods undamaged to your customers.

Exclusive offers in cooperation with the BVL

BVL study: Professional tips against lack of drivers

BVL study: Professional tips against lack of drivers

Can digitalisation enable a more efficient use of drivers and thus counteract the lack of drivers? Benefit from the experience and recipes for success of over 400 managers from industry, trade and logistics.
Please note: The study is in German.

Online seminar

Online seminar: Trustworthy data exchange in the supply chain

Topic: Trustworthy data exchange in the supply chain! Find out about the potential of a networked supply chain and how to use it for your company – with a demo.
Please note: The online seminar is in German.

BVL study: Professional tips against lack of drivers

BVL study: Professional tips against lack of drivers

Can digitalisation enable a more efficient use of drivers and thus counteract the lack of drivers? Benefit from the experience and recipes for success of over 400 managers from industry, trade and logistics.
Please note: The study is in German.

Online seminar

Online seminar: Trustworthy data exchange in the supply chain

Topic: Trustworthy data exchange in the supply chain! Find out about the potential of a networked supply chain and how to use it for your company – with a demo.
Please note: The online seminar is in German.

Successful IoT solutions for our customers

Individual solutions for the challenges you face

Minimizing waiting times at the ramp, setting up data exchange along the entire supply chain, avoiding empty runs or search costs, increasing productivity through efficient intralogistics processes: Digitalization holds great potential for logistics.