The Bullwhip effect

The bullwhip effect describes coordination and communication problems in multi-stage supply chains - mostly in so-called fragmented supply chains. It can be localised thanks to fluctuations in production planning and logistics planning (price…

The range of storage

The range of storage is a key figure which expresses the internal security of supply by own stocks of a certain article within a particular article within a certain time. The range of storage indicates how long a stock will last to fulfil existing…

Turnover rate and Rotation of goods: Fast and slow movers

The inventory turnover, also known as the inventory turnover rate or inventory turnover coefficient, expresses how often an average inventory is completely withdrawn and replaced in a given period (usually a financial year). As a key figure, it can…

Inventory in companies and in logistics

In the inventory, the assets of a company are determined on a key date; in this way, assets and liabilities are specifically documented. Such an inventory is a prerequisite for correct bookkeeping and accounting.

Storage maintenance costs – warehousing costs or storage costs

Trading companies and manufacturing companies usually have a warehouse or distribution centre. Raw materials and supplies, intermediate products, semi-finished products, finished products and spare parts are stored there. The storage of these goods…

Opportunity costs in logistics

Opportunity costs, also known as alternative costs or foregone costs, express a foregone benefit in costs on the basis of decisions that have a negative impact and enable an approximately accurate cost calculation. The degree of utilization always…

CPFR – Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment

CPFR stands for Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment and is a further development of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), known from supply chain management. CPFR requires that all information along the value chain is brought together…

Networked Production: Computer-integrated Manufacturing

Computer-integrated manufacturing, or CIM for short, stands for computer-controlled machine and automation systems, which are generally used in the manufacture of products. CIM uses different technologies and their technical functions such as…

The control center in intralogistics

The control panel in intralogistics represents a central point of a warehouse management system and supports the employees responsible in the entire warehouse operation control process. In addition to the consolidation of information (key figures),…

Replenishment in intralogistics

Replenishment (also referred to as Supply) is an elementary process in today's merchandise management, which contributes to the overall efficiency of the material flow if it is integrated as well as possible into the existing warehouse management…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Definition – WMS – The Warehouse Management System

The Warehouse Management System (WMS) is an indispensable software for the control and administration of stocks (see also Inventory Management) and storage locations within closed operations (e.g. distribution centers or manufacturing plants). It…

Stock Keeping Unit (SKU)

The acronym SKU, Stock Keeping Unit, describes a clearly identifiable storage unit. A storage unit comprises all identical articles of a particular product variant. For identification purposes, a code is applied to the respective SKU, which clearly…

The degree of utilisation/the capacity utilisation

The degree of capacity utilisation describes the proportion of the capacity used by resources/operating resources (plant, machinery, employees, energy) measured against the total available capacity - always in relation to the completion of a work…

Definition of Accounting / Bookkeeping

The term accounting describes the comprehensive recording, storage and analysis or evaluation of all measurable business transactions/processes in a company. For this purpose, profit and balance sheet ratios from the general accounting are set in…

Information in intralogistics

Information describes the meaningful content of a message, which is of value for the recipient. The receiver can be either a human or a machine. The sent or received information does not contain irrelevant or redundant transmissions. In the…

Storage capacity/storage economy

Storage capacity is defined as the maximum number of loading units that a warehouse can hold. It also represents the actual capacity of a warehouse. It directly relates to the size of the storage area, the height of the warehouse (usable space), the…

The distribution center

A distribution center is an interface in the form of a building complex that functions exclusively within a logistics network. This can be a warehouse, a transshipment point or both in combination. Usually it is the combination in which goods are…

Data Mart: the local warehouse database analysis

Data mart describes the use of a database that is only a department-specific part of the overall data warehouse. For this reason, it is also referred to as the departmental database. Generally, such an extract from the entire database is used to…

Master data

In intralogistics, master data, also known as primary data or reference data, is data that contains operationally relevant information. This includes information about products, suppliers and customers, for example. Individual data is assigned to an…

Material throughput time

The material throughput time is the time required to run through all business processes, for example, in a warehouse or distribution centre. The calculation of the lead time begins with Goods receipt and ends when the material is made available for…

Potential analysis in intralogistics

A potential analysis is a comparison of company performance with the given expectations for said company. In logistics, it is also known as a logistics audit and is used as a future-oriented, strategic planning tool. Processes and structures of the…

Performance analysis in logistics

A performance analysis examines various service points in logistics for their contribution to value creation. This involves checking at what cost and in what quality the service points of logistics areas, such as procurement, production,…

Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP System)

As an application program, an enterprise resource planning system (ERP system) supports all task areas and processes of a company, such as procurement, production, sales, accounting and human resources. With the use of standard application software…

Production data acquisition

Operating data is data from organisational and technical areas of a company. This includes order data and personnel data on the one hand and machine data and process data on the other. The accumulation of this data is called operating data…

The Bullwhip effect

The bullwhip effect describes coordination and communication problems in multi-stage supply chains…

The range of storage

The range of storage is a key figure which expresses the internal security of supply by own stocks…

Turnover rate and Rotation of goods: Fast and slow movers

The inventory turnover, also known as the inventory turnover rate or inventory turnover…

Inventory in companies and in logistics

In the inventory, the assets of a company are determined on a key date; in this way, assets and…

Storage maintenance costs – warehousing costs or storage costs

Trading companies and manufacturing companies usually have a warehouse or distribution centre. Raw…

Opportunity costs, especially in intralogistics, are a popular means of identifying capacities in advance.

Opportunity costs in logistics

Opportunity costs, also known as alternative costs or foregone costs, express a foregone benefit in…

CPFR – Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment

CPFR stands for Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment and is a further development…

Networked Production: Computer-integrated Manufacturing

Computer-integrated manufacturing, or CIM for short, stands for computer-controlled machine and…

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…

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…

Key figure system in intralogistics

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

Perfect Order Fulfillment

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

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…

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…

Inventory costs

Inventory costs are costs that arise from the movement of product goods in the warehouse or…

Definition – WMS – The Warehouse Management System

The Warehouse Management System (WMS) is an indispensable software for the control and…

Stock Keeping Unit (SKU)

The acronym SKU, Stock Keeping Unit, describes a clearly identifiable storage unit. A storage unit…

The degree of utilisation/the capacity utilisation

The degree of capacity utilisation describes the proportion of the capacity used by…

Definition of Accounting / Bookkeeping

The term accounting describes the comprehensive recording, storage and analysis or evaluation of…

Information in intralogistics

Information describes the meaningful content of a message, which is of value for the recipient. The…

Storage capacity/storage economy

Storage capacity is defined as the maximum number of loading units that a warehouse can hold. It…

The distribution center

A distribution center is an interface in the form of a building complex that functions exclusively…

Data Mart: the local warehouse database analysis

Data mart describes the use of a database that is only a department-specific part of the overall…

Master data

In intralogistics, master data, also known as primary data or reference data, is data that contains…

Material throughput time

The material throughput time is the time required to run through all business processes, for…

Potential analysis in intralogistics

A potential analysis is a comparison of company performance with the given expectations for said…

Performance analysis in logistics

A performance analysis examines various service points in logistics for their contribution to value…

Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP-System)

Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP System)

As an application program, an enterprise resource planning system (ERP system) supports all task…

Production data acquisition

Operating data is data from organisational and technical areas of a company. This includes order…