Microfulfillment - definition and overview

Microfulfillment describes the decentralized and also customer-oriented…


The factor Light in warehouse and logistics

The illumination of distribution centers is a rather rarely addressed aspect of…


Rack zones - Overview

A storage rack, both in intralogistics and retail, can be divided into…


Single-stage picking - order-oriented, parallel picking

With parallel picking, an order is divided between different picking zones and…


The Bullwhip effect

The bullwhip effect describes coordination and communication problems in…


Turnover rate and Rotation of goods: Fast and slow movers

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


Lagerhallte mit Waren

Storage techniques in intralogistics

Depending on the nature of the stored goods and the frequency of use, different…


Swarm intelligence - What we logisticians can learn from ants - Part II

You may think estimating the weight of an ox, as described in Part 1 of this…


When risk minimization becomes a risk in logistics

Logistical decisions are ultimately economic decisions. This applies, for…


SAIL - the system architecture for intralogistics from VDI / VDMA

"Innovation and Standardization" is the title of a working group of the…


Enterprise Resource Planning - the five most important questions when choosing an ERP system

An Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP for short) is used in many…


Advantages and disadvantages: centralized and decentralized warehouse

In distribution logistics, the determination of warehouse locations represents…


Storage maintenance costs – warehousing costs or storage costs

Trading companies and manufacturing companies usually have a warehouse or…


The Jidoka principle in production and logistics

The Jidoka principle describes the ability of a machine, a plant or an entire…


Set-up time in production and intralogistics

If a machine or a production site, i.e. individual facilities or entire…


Logistics management and the supply chain

The integrated planning, organization, management, processing and control of…


Vogel's approximation method

The approximation method according to Vogel is a heuristic procedure that is…


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…


Mensch-Maschine-Schnittstelle

Human-machine interfaces in the industry

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


Kanban and swarm intelligence at management level

In manufacturing and industry, a supply concept called Kanban(Japanese for card…


The control center in intralogistics

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


Smart Data

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


The Supply Chain Management (SCM)

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


Order picking - process steps

Picking stands for the combination of predefined orders from a warehouse…


The storage location management

The storage location management ensures that a storage location is recorded or…


The process-oriented warehouse planning

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


Materials management in production and logistics

Materials management controls the material flow within a company as well as…


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

The tasks of logistics and the logistician are memorably explained with 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…


Optimization through process chain management

Process chain management serves to organize business processes in…


Warehouse functions

Functions of the warehouse

When considering the functions of a warehouse, the purpose of the warehouse…


Ergonomics in the warehouse

Ergonomics in the warehouse aims at the adaptation and creation of workstations…


Specifications and requirement documents in intralogistics

The specification sheet generally contains the project requirements predefined…


Definition - WMS - The Warehouse Management System

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


Picking times - base time

In picking, the base time is the time required for picking. It only describes…


Material flow control as a service for a distribution center

Material flow control, also known as material flow computer or material flow…


Automated guided vehicles (AGVs)

From the technical committee of the VDI (Association of German Engineers),…


Cut-off time in intralogistics

In intralogistics, the cut-off time describes the time at which an order must…


Ant algorithm

Function and advantages of the ant algorithm

The Ant Algorithm, also often called Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) in the…


The cost of unused opportunities in supply chain management

No company can afford not to have the cost side under control. The figures from…


Ship to Line / the direct provision of goods

Ship to Line / the direct provision of goods

In the case of ship to line or direct provision of inventory, the…


Definition - The Milk Run Concept

The milk run concept is a method for optimizing inter-company procurement…


The degree of utilisation/the capacity utilisation

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


Definition of Accounting / Bookkeeping

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


Buffer line

A buffer section is used to intercept jams within the material flow, to avoid…


Returns processing

Returns handling describes several processes in the return of goodsordered -…


Storage capacity/storage economy

Storage capacity is defined as the maximum number of loading units that a…


Assortment width and assortment depth

The assortment available in a warehouse and in the retail trade is subdivided…


Order throughput time

When an order is received in a logistics centre, it passes through various…


Production management

According to business economist Werner Kern, production management is an…