What is Logistics 4.0 and how does it work?

Logistics 4.0 is the current interface between the most advanced new technologies, new logistics resources and our more traditional needs.

Logistics 4.0 was first used in 2011 and the pioneer country was Germany, which introduced new network-based trends.

Therefore, logistics 4.0 is based on production areas and concepts such as RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, M2M (machine-to-machine) communication, cloud computing, IoT(Internet of Thing ) and DPC (data processing center).

It also includes competitive products, as well as administrative, logistical and production processes.

What does all this mean? It means that logistics 4.0 is simply a connection of technology in the logistics sector.

The fourth revolution: logistics 4.0

In 2016, Jeschke defines logistics 4.0 according to a time approach:

  • In the short term, it names processes that are closely related between independent members, making use of a large amount of data.
  • In the long term, they compose a set of autonomous systems of automatic organization that are included within other systems.

On the other hand, logistics 4.0 combines two aspects: processes and technical aspects.

The processes are logistics actions and the technicians are those tools that support the internal supply chains of the companies.

What is the goal of logistics 4.0?

The main objective of logistics 4.0 is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency, as well as the performance of each of the parts that make up the supply chain.

Advantages of logistics 4.0

The technological development that comes with logistics 4.0 has brought with it the following advantages:

  • Improved data analysis: It consists of using data to manage business and implementing it at the corporate level. Information is a very important asset in logistics, helping to understand current performance and organize short-term optimizations.
  • Optimization of the business strategy: The optimization of the business strategy tries to project what is expected in the development of the activity itself and that this strategy is fulfilled, and thus to be able to define objectives in the logistics sector.
  • Delivering customer satisfaction: A company’s logistics is directly linked to the degree of a customer’s satisfaction, i.e. delivery is the customer’s ultimate view of the company itself.
  • Reduce demand time: It is about reducing time: loading, unloading, packaging, shipping… It is a basic requirement that it is done in a short time, so it is essential to try to reduce these times to the minimum possible.
  • Supply chain integration: The supply chain is responsible for bringing the product “to life” and making it reach the consumer, i.e. providing a simple, direct and transparent communication channel with the consumer.
  • Avoid damages and product losses: Delivery to the final consumer is the most important part of the logistics chain, since if a loss occurs in the process it can be directly linked to the person responsible for the merchandise. The agility and speed of delivery is one of the key factors to avoid this type of unforeseen events, since if there is a loss, a “tracking” phase of the product can be carried out later, but the fewer places it has been, the fewer resources have to be invested in searching for it. If there is adequate control, the product will not spoil and no loss will occur.

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