For the logistics sector, digitization offers great opportunities for growth. At this year's International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin, around 3,500 logistics experts discussed digital changes. Digitization is "the creative force beyond company boundaries," as Robert Blackburn, Chairman of the Board, Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL association), emphasized: "Logistics processes are connected via platforms, that is they are more transparent, more agile and more sustainable. In his opinion, decisive action should be taken, even in difficult economic times. Correspondingly, the motto of the conference was: "Inspire Encourage Act".
At the conference's fair, T-Systems presented various transport and logistics solutions for connecting people, data and machines. These included, for example, telematics systems for truck fleet or container traffic. The "Data Intelligence Hub" was also presented. The Data Intelligence Hub helps the logistics sector to securely exchange data, for example in order to better predict the arrival times of ships and trucks.
Once again, a major topic at the congress was the shortage of skilled employees in the sector. Not only IT specialists are missing, but also truck drivers. The new T-Systems study "Digitization of the Transport Chain and the Role of Drivers" (in German) provides insights into the topic of driver shortages. This study was prepared jointly with the BVL association and has now been published. One result of the study is that driver schedules can be optimized if, for example, there are fewer waiting times when trucks are unloaded. These could be reduced by using digital keys to open the warehouse.