▷ Logistics 4.0: What is it 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?

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:

  • Enhanced Data Analysis: Utilize data to manage businesses and understand current performance, facilitating short-term optimizations.
  • Optimization of Business Strategy: Enables the projection and achievement of strategies, defining logistic objectives.
  • Customer Satisfaction Delivery: Logistics directly influences customer satisfaction, as the final delivery is crucial.
  • Reducing Demand Time: It focuses on minimizing loading, unloading, packing, and shipping times for efficient operations.
  • Supply Chain Integration: Facilitates direct and transparent communication with the consumer, allowing better supply chain management.
  • Avoiding Damage and Product Loss: Delivery to the end consumer is critical, and expediting the process reduces losses and damage, which also facilitates product tracking and control.

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