In the context of the study, 4flow conducted in-depth interviews with 20 supply chain experts in the automotive manufacturing, automotive supply, and retail industries. These interviews revealed that while the digitization of intralogistics is progressing rapidly in the surveyed industries, complete and comprehensive digitization still has not been achieved. In order to understand why this is the case even though numerous technologies are actively being tested, the experts were asked about the goals, obstacles, real-world use cases, development and implementation considerations, and necessary change management measures involved with digitizing intralogistics in their respective fields.
In addition to creating a broad overview of current practices in these industries’ digitization initiatives – which is later used as the basis for recommendations on how to achieve full digitization – the study provides highly granular examinations of a broad spectrum of digital technologies with potential for implementation in logistics. These innovations include autonomous transportation systems, goods-to-person picking systems, wearables, identification sensors and technologies, enhanced planning tools, virtual reality applications, and intelligent warehouse management systems. “Ready-to-implement digital technologies have the capacity to set new standards in the field of intralogistics,” said Dr. Stefan Wolff, CEO of 4flow. “Companies who seize the opportunity will have a significant competitive advantage.”