Last month the conference on “Innovation and transformation in logistic environments” was held. This event saw the participation of guest speakers from the logistics sector, including Mr. Raimundo Gonzalo (Efficiency Manager at Auchan Retail), Mr. Jose María Izquierdo (Managing Director of Vanderlande Industries Spain), Mr. Jose Manuel Tejera (CEO of FACTOR 5), Mr. Javier Diaz (Honeywell Director for Southern Europe) and Mrs. Ana Lopez (Managing Director of Connect Are Us).
Over the course of this major event, we were able to listen to speeches and debate on a wide range of topics including robotics, automation, technology, new strategies and the digital transformation. Jose Manuel Tejera gave a presentation entitled “Logistical Centers in the new future”, which provided insight into current strategies, driving forces and technologies for improving quality and productivity.
He began with the phrase “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”. The truth is that we have spent recent years experiencing a comprehensive technological revolution. Technology and its individual components are both doubling their capacity and reducing in size in an exponential manner. In addition, knowledge and accessibility of technology becomes ever more widespread, generating an accelerating cycle of innovation further assisted by agile methodologies which are boosting the launch of products and services based on these technologies at a rate never seen before.
How should we apply this technological revolution to the logistics sector?
Jose Manuel provided a series of tips on how to make best use of this technological revolution and incorporate it into the field of logistics. His advice included the following:
- The first step is to automate processes where humans do not provide added value: In logistics the processes of unloading, moving of goods, handling and supervision etc. can all be automated.
- More intuitive The connection between persons and machines should be intuitive and dynamic, including both Gamification and augmented reality.
- IoT(internet of things) to connect, synchronize and transform.
- Converting the digital world into the material world. 3D impression is a reality with applications throughout a wide range of sectors (medicine, the automotive sector etc.)
If you wish to see a full version of Jose Manuel Tejera’s presentation don’t miss the following video:
The logistics centers of the future
To conclude, we might ask the question “what will the logistics centers of the future be like?” and the truth is that within the realms of technology, there is still much to do and implement within the logistics sector. IoT, artificial vision, augmented reality etc, all of these become a daily feature of logistics.