Axel Novak

Value Added Services – the carpenters from DB Schenker

Value Added Services – the carpenters from DB Schenker

Logistics is much more than the transportation of goods from one place to another, storage and transhipment. Additional services such as further processing, finishing or packaging make logistical tasks even more exciting. With so-called value added services, logisticians are increasingly responding to customer needs. DB Schenker offers such special services in Stuttgart: two carpenters design …

Cooperation and technology: Lessons to be learned from CES 2020

Cooperation and technology: Lessons to be learned from CES 2020

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) in Las Vegas is one of the most important trade fairs for the large technology companies in the world. Around 4,500 companies from various industries presented their innovations and ideas in early January 2020. It's not just about technical progress. The fair has also become a platform for new developments in the economy. This affects logisticians in particular. …

Logistics 2020: Trends and challenges in the coming year

Logistics 2020: Trends and challenges in the coming year

The logistics sector in Germany is doing well - experts expect the sector to continue to grow in the coming year. The experts in the committee of logistics experts forecast growth of 2.2 percent. But in addition to such a concrete forecast, it is above all the assessments of which trends will drive the industry in the coming months that are important for companies. "Many companies want to be able to …

Logistics conference: three days of encouragement

Logistics conference: three days of encouragement

The International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin ended on October 25. There were 3,207 participants this year: they experienced diversified and communicative days under the motto "Inspire – Encourage - Act". The conference is now over - the challenges for the industry remain. The theme was well-chosen, as some current issues are dimming the mood: sectors such as the automotive and chemical …

Kirk, Spock and McCoy in the warehouse

Kirk, Spock and McCoy in the warehouse

In Leipzig, DB Schenker is using artificial intelligence for the first time to make logistics processes more flexible. The three colleagues traversing the storage facility are known as Kirk, Spock and McCoy after figures from the Star Trek series. The three vehicles – which are autonomous, driverless as well as quite independent in other ways – supply selected packing stations with pre-prepared folding …

Anuga: The Masterpiece of every exhibition logistics company (Part 2)

Anuga: The Masterpiece of every exhibition logistics company (Part 2)

Anuga in Cologne is one of the most exciting events for DB Schenker's exhibition logisticians. It is precisely the diversity of the exhibitors and their shipments that presents the dispatchers and planners with major challenges. Part 2 of a report on the hard days of the exhibition setup. It is late morning in the offices of the DB Schenker exhibition logistician at the entrance to the trade fair. …

Anuga: The Masterpiece of every trade fair logistics company (Part 1)

Anuga: The Masterpiece of every trade fair logistics company (Part 1)

When Anuga opens its doors, everything revolves around the latest trends in the food industry. From October 5th to 9th, 2019, more than 7,800 exhibitors at the world's leading food industry trade fair showed what consumers worldwide want to buy and eat. But it is not only the manufacturers, dealers, trend researchers and advertisers who are responsible for the success of the fair - the drivers, …

Inspire – Encourage – Act: The International Supply Chain Congress in Berlin

Inspire – Encourage – Act: The International Supply Chain Congress in Berlin

The logistics industry is facing enormous challenges. And the situation is being made all the more difficult by the current economic environment: Political disputes are slowing down trade – which is having a huge impact on logistics providers. The role of climate change in public discourse is leading to greater pressure to innovate – including in this sector. And last but not least, the digital …

“We shouldn’t humanize robots too much”

“We shouldn’t humanize robots too much”

Professor Nicole Krämer heads the Department of Social Psychology, Media and Communication at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Together with her team, she has investigated how humans treat human-like robots. In view of the increasing automation in industry, this research is relevant for cross-sector areas such as logistics. Professor Krämer, what were the results of your research? We are …

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