DB Schenker opened in the beginning of the last year their own laboratory in Fraunhofer Institute in Dortmund, Germany. Their project is focused on evolving digital business model and optimisation of the process of running the warehouse with a new software.
For example they are using 3D printers in the supply chain management.
How?.. Well in the future it will be very important to consider which parts will be necessary to store for our customers in logistic centres and which of them we will be able to manufacture ourselves using the 3D printers.
Another software which they developed in this institute is for maximising the usage of the capacity of the trucks. Basically what we have studied in our previous class and did it by hand. This software can generate the best solution and still leaves a bit of space for the dispatchers to make necessary adjustments. And to get the solution you just have to press one button.
The last software that I consider very interesting is software for predicting the delay of the orders. This software can generate when will be orders delayed to warehouses. It can predict when can possibly occur delays in the process and immediately start to solve the problem. How?.. For example by moving the shifts of the employees. This software consideres data such as transportation information, planning of holidays and information about warehouses. So in the end they will be able to inform the customers about the delays and also deal with them as soon as possible to avoid consequences.