This year CeMAT will feature another excellent set of forums. Together with major partners such as VDMA (Germany's mechanical engineering industry association), BVL (Germany's logistics association), the Fraunhofer IML Institute and the EHI Retail Institute, CeMAT will illuminate the opportunities presented by new Logistics 4.0 concepts while highlighting the latest best-practice solutions. "Together with HANNOVER MESSE, we are crafting a unique knowledge platform for the digitization of the supply chain, featuring numerous best-practice solutions and innovations like nowhere else in the world," declared Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe.
CeMAT forums in 2018 (partial list):
Augmented und Virtual Reality in Logistics – the Road to Future Human-Machine Interaction
The steadily advancing process of digitization is placing high demands on the interface connecting humans with their digitized environment. Information needs to support people in their work as opposed to overtaxing them. The forum titled "Augmented und Virtual Reality in Logistics – the Road to Future Human-Machine Interaction" will sketch out new prospects and solutions for human-machine interaction. Experts from industry and research will reveal the current state of the art and provide a window on the future. This includes AR solutions to support operational processes as well as VR solutions for planning and training (keyword: "gamification"). This forum is organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), in cooperation with the LOGISTIK HEUTE magazine. It takes place at the Logistics 4.0 Forum in Hall 19/20 on Monday, 23 April, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Logistics Real Estate in Urban Spaces
The growth of cities and metropolises poses major challenges to logistics – not only in terms of transport, but also in terms of warehousing and transshipment capacities. Meanwhile, the sharp rise in population is leading to the development of residential property in close proximity to industry and logistics. And the growth of the CEP sector (courier, express, parcel) is also sparking additional demand for logistics space in central urban locations. The development of logistics real estate is thus coming into conflict with social, ecological and economic objectives. What are the technological concepts, business models and cooperation and operator models which would be suitable for resolving this conflict? What international best-practice examples and experiences are available that could also be put to use in Germany and Europe? Organized by BVL, the forum takes place on Monday, 23 April, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Logistics Solutions Forum in Hall 21.
Digitization of Warehouse Logistics
In an age of digitization, virtually every company is considering the right strategy and solutions for the future. But it is often unclear where, exactly, the benefits of digitization lie. This question applies equally to the technological evolution of the warehouse. Many companies in Germany (and elsewhere) face the challenge of identifying the best new warehouse technologies. The range of established and new technologies is broad, but it is often difficult to assess the added value of using them. This is where the BVL forum titled "Digitization of Warehouse Logistics" comes in. The working group of the same name has spent time investigating new warehouse technologies and evaluating the relative advantages of each. In a dialogue with the users and providers of innovative technologies, it is eager to present its findings. The forum takes place on Tuesday, 24 April, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Logistics Solutions Forum in Hall 21.
Startups in the Logistics Industry
When the topic is digitization, you can't say enough about the role of startups. Every five days a digital logistics startup is established somewhere in the world. These young, agile companies have innovative business models that offer technology-driven solutions affecting the entire logistics supply chain – including the digitization of freight forwarding, long-distance transport, warehousing, contract logistics and last-mile delivery. These companies are taking advantage of the high number of transactions and large amounts of data available to design growth and innovation strategies. What opportunities are out there for industry and the logistics sector? What role can cooperation platforms and data exchange platforms play for established companies and startups? Inspiring speakers, demos and pitch sessions in a dynamic environment invite you to create new connections and new opportunities. Organized by BVL, the forum takes place at the Logistics 4.0 Forum in Hall 19/20 on Tuesday, 24 April, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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