4flow newsletter 3/2017

The technologies and innovations impacting supply chain in the near future – Part 2

In our feature article, find out which innovations have long-term potential for the future. You can also read about the innovative supply chain concepts that e-commerce businesses are relying on to stay successful.


Dear Readers,

New technologies are changing our daily lives and the supply chain. Our headquarters in Berlin finds itself right in the middle of the e-commerce and digitization scene in Germany. You can feel the pulse growing faster from day to day.

In this issue my colleagues Stefan Wolff and Wendelin Gross, head of our research unit, take a look into the future with the intention of motivating and opening up a discussion with you.

Together with our global client AGCO, we won Europe’s ultimate supply chain award...for successful supply chain digitization. We are very proud of this achievement.

In order to move forward with our clients and keep in sync with the times, we have opened two new office locations – in Changzhou, China and Stuttgart, Germany.

I am really looking forward to the upcoming International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin, Germany where we’ll be onsite to speak with you.    

Best wishes,
Kai Althoff

The technologies and innovations impacting supply chain in the near future

Will drones, autonomous transportation vehicles, and cyber-physical systems soon become the new norm in supply chain? Find out which specific technologies and applications will really impact supply chain and what their long-term potential is.

Innovative supply chain concepts for e-commerce

The online retail sector for consumer goods and groceries is always on the lookout for new and even better solutions for high-performance supply networks, cross-border distribution, and adaptive omni-channel supply chains. Find out how e-commerce businesses are solving these challenges here.

AGCO and 4flow receive European supply chain award for innovative digitization initiative

The European Logistics Association honored the joint digitization initiative of global agricultural manufacturer AGCO and 4flow with the “ELA Award – Project of the Year 2017”. This is yet another important honor for both partners who received the German Award for SCM from BVL International last year.

4flow opens new office locations in China and Germany

4flow continues to grow around the world and recently opened new locations in Changzhou, China and Stuttgart, Germany. Situated close to two key manufacturing and supply chain hubs, the new offices enable 4flow to provide optimal service to clients in the area.

Supply chain students prove themselves as consultants at 4flow challenge

How do you design a winning supply chain concept for e-bike sharing and present it convincingly? Teams of students answered these questions and more during the case study competition 4flow challenge 2017. The students had to tackle the challenge of designing a supply chain concept for a fictional startup active in the sharing economy. Watch the highlight video to see the finals.

Meet up with 4flow at digital supply chain events

“Think different − Act digital” is the theme of the International Supply Chain Conference, which takes place October 25 through 27 in Berlin, Germany. We look forward to hearing from you. We also invite you to join us at 4flow Logistics Day in Shanghai on November 16. Speakers at the event will share insigts on “Disrupting the normal – How digitalization ensures success”. Get more details here.

Jan-Hendrik Koelling – Vice President at 4flow consulting in Berlin

Jan-Hendrik Koelling was named vice president at 4flow consulting this year. In addition to his many consulting projects, he most recently had a key role in the opening of the new 4flow location in Stuttgart, Germany. Find out more about Jan-Hendirk Koelling.