Dr. Frieder Schwitzgebel

Supply chain: BVL study investigates trends in value chain reorganization

Supply chain: BVL study investigates trends in value chain reorganization

"The logistics targets with the highest priority levels are as follows: Customer demands, delivery reliability (or on-schedule delivery), and logistics costs." This is one of the core insights of 2017's BVL study "Trends and strategies in logistics and supply chain management – opportunities in digital transformation". This statement seems obvious enough, but we live in an era which is seeing rapid and …

Value added services: logistics experts give products the finishing touch

Value added services: logistics experts give products the finishing touch

Modern logistics means more than transporting goods from A to B. These days, customers want additional services that take some of the burden off their shoulders and generate real added value. DB Schenker assembles car antennas at its shared logistics center in Hildesheim, Germany, for the automotive supplier Laird Technologies. It also handles requirements planning and transport to the end customer. …

Predictive analytics: crystal ball or reliable planning tool?

Predictive analytics: crystal ball or reliable planning tool?

More and more data along value chains is being gathered and analyzed, chiefly in industry and commerce. Companies collect their own data and increasingly using data from upstream and downstream links in the value chain, including logistics. Data can now be used to simulate potential future scenarios. Does that sound like looking into a crystal ball? It's actually pretty high-tech. The amount of data …

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