Exoskeletons in logistics and production

Exoskeletons, also known as outer skeletons or support robots, are support structures worn on the body, which reduce the load on the body and reduce the risk of injury by means of (electro-)mechanical support. Exoskeletons are still at an early…

Smart Data

Smart Data stands for the detailed and structured result of an analysis of unstructured data masses (Big Data). Every smart data information is an explicit fact. These are also known as digital findings, which also allow links to other fine-grained…

The Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) stands for the monitoring process as well as the coordination and control of the supply chain (value chain). This involves the allocation of all materials, information and the finances distributed along the supply chain…

Logistics – Definition

The term logistics stands for the planning, control and monitoring of the material and immaterial flow of goods within a company, between partner companies and between suppliers and end customers.

Key figure system in intralogistics

Although a complete bundling of all key figures arising in warehouse and distribution systems is possible nowadays, it is difficult due to the multi-layered nature of complex systems. Using a predefined key figure system, it is possible to compare…

Effects of shipping options on loyalty to the online store

Buying on the Internet offers almost endless possibilities and shipping options. Whether books, clothes, food - regardless of the time of day, one can buy almost any imaginable product in countless stores. The providers are also becoming more and…

Conveying aids in intralogistics

In intralogistics, conveying equipment is used to combine individual goods into larger load units. In general, the following definition applies: intralogistics uses conveying equipment to protect different goods, make them ready for loading,…

Order picking times – Dead time

Dead time is an unproductive but unavoidable so-called auxiliary time, which arises during picking due to preparatory and follow-up activities (e.g. search and identification of the storage location). It can be optimized by simple measures.

The (hanging) bag sorter

The Pouch sorter / Bag sorter belongs to the category of logistic sorting and distribution systems. A (hanging) bag sorter system makes it possible to transport hanging and flat packed goods fully automatically on the same line - even classic…

Order picking – process steps

Picking stands for the combination of predefined orders from a warehouse assortment. The process steps that are carried out during picking include, for example, transferring the picking order and retrieving the article. These are individual basic…

Advantages of RFID technology over barcodes

What advantages does RFID radio technology have over barcodes? This question has also been on the agenda of intralogistics for some time now. In principle, more information is available with the conventional use of RFID. Moreover, logistics and…

The picking travel time

The order-picking way time is the sum of the time required for picking a single order or batch; measured from the starting point of picking via the picking locations to the delivery point - depending on the picking method, including the way back to…

The storage location management

The storage location management ensures that a storage location is recorded or occupied in width, height and depth. It covers two different topological aspects. On the one hand the overall structure of the warehouse and thus the positions of the…

Perfect Order Fulfillment

The so-called Perfect Order Fulfillment stands for the perfect degree of fulfillment of the delivery service. The degree of fulfillment describes the customer requirements for the delivery itself. In order to achieve a high degree of fulfillment,…

The process-oriented warehouse planning

The process-oriented warehouse planning already takes into account in detail key positions relevant for planning such as assortment or stored goods, loading unit, and storage type during the so-called conceptual planning (planning lead time).…

Last-mile logistics in e-commerce – challenges and solutions

Online commerce has shown considerable growth in the past decades. The B2C sector in particular recorded massive growth rates, leaving the B2B sector far behind. According to the statistics portal Statista, the turnover in e-commerce (B2C) has…

Materials management in production and logistics

Materials management controls the material flow within a company as well as order-related material flows to customers and suppliers. As a rule, the focus is on the business management and thus commercial aspects. Seen from above, it links all the…

Lean management: the 5S-method

The 5S method originates from Japanese production and was first used by the car manufacturer Toyota. The Japanese Taiichi Ono, who also invented the Kaizen management concept, wanted to simultaneously introduce a systematic workplace organization…

The end of the 6 Rs of logistics? – Part 2

The classic logistics view is limited to the now famous 6 R's with regard to its tasks - as already mentioned in " The End of the 6 R's of Logistics? - Part 1 ". This approach to logisticsand supply chain management is comprehensible and…

The end of the 6 Rs of logistics? – Part 1

The tasks of logistics and the logistician are memorably explained with the famous 6 Rs. The 6 Rs of logistics are the so-called “six right ones”: the right products in the right quality in the right amount in the right place at the right time at…

Overview of two-stage picking

In contrast to single-stage picking, with two-stage picking several orders are bundled into one overall order, a so-called commission, article-oriented picking and only later order-oriented packed. The use of a downstream sorting instance allows the…

Swarm intelligence – What we logisticians can learn from ants – Part I

Surely you use a navigation system. So then you are already relying on the performance of ants and swarm intelligence. Why? Because the current navigation systems are programmed with the so-called ant algorithm and this shows you the "best" way from…

Optimization through process chain management

Process chain management serves to organize business processes in intralogistics and other industrial segments. According to Otto Schlichtherle, Logistics IT Consulting, it combines process-oriented thinking with the alignment of processes with the…

Distributed Order Management

Distributed Order Management basically the consideration of all companies involved in an order as well as the responsible personnel. Producers, logisticians, suppliers and dealers try to solve questions about tasks or orders that are to be processed…

Vertical integration in the retail sector

Vertical integration stands for retail companies that exert influence over various stages of the supply chain. The close cooperation between industry and retail is the main focus. Brands, for example, often present themselves via so-called…

Inventory costs

Inventory costs are costs that arise from the movement of product goods in the warehouse or distribution center. They are a key figure from business management. Inventory costs in general include, for example, warehouse rent, personnel, energy, and…

No-Line Commerce

No-line commerce represents the highest level of development in e-commerce at present. All available online and offline sales channels are networked with each other in terms of information technology and form an integrated environment along with the…

Functions of the warehouse

When considering the functions of a warehouse, the purpose of the warehouse arrangement is in the foreground. The definition is made up of the subitems security and staging function, clearing function, production function, and speculative function.…

Definition – Omni-Channel

Omni-Channel focuses on the further development of multi and cross-channel distribution paths in online retailing: all sales channels can be used simultaneously. To apply the Latin term Omni (everything, whole, everyone) in a "commercial" setting,…

Inventory management in intralogistics, incl. stock and stock reconciliation

Inventory management stands for the complete digital recording of all stock movements in intralogistics in order to obtain reliable information about the storage location (where?), quantity (how much?), and quality (what?) of all products at any…

Picking method Pick-by-robot

The picking type Pick-by-Robot means the picking of goods, carried out by so-called…

Multicopter: Drones as parcel carriers of the future

Goods delivery by automated or even autonomous drones? What we know at best as a vision from…

Picking type Pick-by-Scan (also Pick-by-PDT)

The picking method Pick-by-Scan is a paperless picking process that is supported by a portable data…

Mensch-Maschine-Schnittstelle

Human-machine interfaces in the industry

The human-machine interface represents the analog or digital interaction interface between a…

Kanban and swarm intelligence at management level

In manufacturing and industry, a supply concept called Kanban(Japanese for card or sign), invented…

The picking method Pick-by-Vision

Pick-by-Vision is a picking process in which a picker uses data glasses and context-related…

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

The term Product Lifecycle Management, PLM for short, describes a holistic approach to pooling…

The control center in intralogistics

The control panel in intralogistics represents a central point of a warehouse management system and…

Replenishment in intralogistics

Replenishment (also referred to as Supply) is an elementary process in today's merchandise…

Augmented Reality in logistics and service

Augmented Reality (AR) describes the computer-aided extension of human perception of reality. From…

Exoskeletons in logistics and production

Exoskeletons, also known as outer skeletons or support robots, are support structures worn on the…

Smart Data

Smart Data stands for the detailed and structured result of an analysis of unstructured data masses…

The Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) stands for the monitoring process as well as the coordination and…

Logistics – Definition

The term logistics stands for the planning, control and monitoring of the material and immaterial…

Key figure system in intralogistics

Although a complete bundling of all key figures arising in warehouse and distribution systems is…

Effects of shipping options on loyalty to the online store

Buying on the Internet offers almost endless possibilities and shipping options. Whether books,…

Conveying aids in intralogistics

In intralogistics, conveying equipment is used to combine individual goods into larger load units.…

Order picking times – Dead time

Dead time is an unproductive but unavoidable so-called auxiliary time, which arises during picking…

The (hanging) bag sorter

The Pouch sorter / Bag sorter belongs to the category of logistic sorting and distribution systems.…

Order picking – process steps

Picking stands for the combination of predefined orders from a warehouse assortment. The process…

Advantages of RFID technology over barcodes

What advantages does RFID radio technology have over barcodes? This question has also been on the…

The picking travel time

The order-picking way time is the sum of the time required for picking a single order or batch;…

Perfect Order Fulfillment

The so-called Perfect Order Fulfillment stands for the perfect degree of fulfillment of the…

The process-oriented warehouse planning

The process-oriented warehouse planning already takes into account in detail key positions relevant…

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