Industry 4.0 (5.0) is not an alternative to »lean«, it is just the next phase

Society is different today, and this also applies to logistics. Technological, digital, and organisational modernisation is necessary, and companies are aware of this. There is much investment in change, the tempo is fast-paced, and it is up to us to take the proper steps. The 9th International Congress “Supply Chains in Science and Practice 2022,” will address the use of drones in logistics, logistics cooperation, the construction of logistics centres, setting up lean manufacturing and logistics. Automation and robotics in logistics, transport, and production logistics will remain central topics. As always, concrete cases will be presented.

Check the details of each plenum. More details about the program will be known soon.

How are drones changing logistics?

There is much discussion about “drones” in logistics. The most successful companies are already using them in their operations. However, regulation in this area is still a challenge. What is the greatest added value of drones? In internal transport, last-mile delivery, etc.? How do you approach such projects properly and what are the prerequisites for success.

Logistics collaboration - the most we can do to make supply chains more cost-efficient, but first, a decision to do it should be made!

Efficient logistics requires enough goods. The more goods there are, whether in an internal or external flow, whether national or international, the more movement there is, the more we can move, store and save. With economic growth and increasing demand for logistics services, there are enough goods and an increased need for optimisation. Supply chain cooperation is the most standard measure, but it is too rarely implemented. How do you approach such projects, what are the implications?

A comprehensive logistics transformation does not happen in one year!

Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, etc., are essential concepts that finally bring IOT, automation, robotics, digitalisation, etc., together in one place. However, companies that decide to modernise comprehensively do not do so in one year. Successful projects result from good planning, testing, and the gradual introduction of solutions. Nevertheless, the same is true for all these companies: They took the first step. How did the companies tackle a complete transition; which were their most significant challenges, what mistakes did they make along the way, and how did they manage to succeed in the end? These will be the main topics of the plenary session with selected world-renowned companies.

Construction of logistics / distribution-centres

The covid epidemic, the ecological crisis, the crisis in the market for strategic raw materials, and the change in the business policy of shipowners have a significant impact on logistics. The “just in time” system (from supplier to production line) is no longer a viable mentality, and (overly) high stock levels are more acceptable than the risk of running out of raw materials. It is therefore logical that increased storage needs require additional space. Delivery to the production line is still an option, but the role of logisticians has become more critical. The construction of logistics and distribution centres has therefore increased. What is the right approach to building a logistics centre? What are the challenges in this context? How can the success of the project be influenced? What should the state change in terms of legislation? The mentioned challenges will be discussed with logistics experts and successful entrepreneurs who have expanded their business, as well as with the investment companies building their perspective on logistics centre development in the broader region.

Logistics on rails - How to use the most environmentally friendly transport

In terms of investment, the expansion of the railway network is the top priority in Slovenia. Several operators are active in this network and provide rail services in different countries. Do we know how to take advantage of the opportunities offered by rail logistics service providers? Where is the development heading?