Magdeburg Logistics Days: The Future of Logistics Is Digital

30.5.2018

The digital transformation of business has long ceased to be a vision of the future. For many companies, it is already a prerequisite for remaining competitive on the international market. The logistics industry of all sectors still needs to catch up with digital and interconnected business. Should it fail, many companies’ viability will be jeopardized. National and international industry and research experts will be discussing the means to effectively implement digital transformation despite the many obstacles at the Magdeburg Logistics Days from June 20 to 21, 2018.

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Among other issues, the Magdeburg Logistics Days will examine the challenges of digital transformation for the logistics industry.

Time is growing short. Technological developments such as the Internet of Things and big data have already become established in the global marketplace. The concomitant surge in innovation is a major opportunity to lastingly shape the future in the logistics industry as well. Yet many representatives of this industry, which is so important to Germany, are particularly at risk of missing this opportunity. A survey of BVL members revealed that around eighty-one percent of the companies surveyed hardly or only partly operate digitally. Eleven percent even see no need for their companies to transform digitally.

The latest information and communications technologies could be used to optimize processes significantly and to implement new business models for providers and customers. Prof. Michael Schenk, Director of the Fraunhofer IFF and logistics expert foresees “substantial added value related to quality management, transparency and efficiency increases ensuing from effective digital interconnectivity.”

Magdeburg Logistics Days Are a Source of New Impetuses

The Magdeburg Logistics Days from June 20 to 21, 2018 will address the opportunities and challenges of digital interconnectivity for logistics companies and are intended to generate ideas about ways to organize digital transformation optimally in the industry. Presentations and workshops will transfer knowledge between researchers and industry professionals. The main topics of the event include the Internet of Things in logistics, digital transformation and machine learning, automation in manufacturing and logistics, and the capabilities of startups with innovative digital business operations to compete with established companies.

The Magdeburg Logistics Days are hosted jointly by the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF and Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg’s Institute of Logistics and Material Handling Systems and are part of the Fraunhofer IFF’s Science Days. Every year, our research institute invites hundreds of decision and policymakers and experts from business, research and government to its Science Days consisting of several conferences in order to facilitate dialog among professionals from all industries and to discuss new avenues of development for industry collectively.

Program and registration: www.wissenschaftstage.iff.fraunhofer.de