Finalists named for European supply chain awards

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

MUNICH – Bosch, Continental, Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services, and Nokia have advanced to the final round of the Supply Chain Management Award 2019. Magazino, Metrilus, parcelLab, and shipcloud are the finalists for the Smart Solution Award 2019.

Both awards will be presented on November 27 as part of the 7th international EXCHAiNGE supply chain summit in Frankfurt, November 26–27, 2019.

The Supply Chain Management Award honours outstanding SCM concepts that have been developed and implemented and can serve as a model for other companies. The aim is to optimize supply chains, lower costs, increase transparency, or improve collaboration between teams. The 2018 winner was CEMEX Deutschland AG

The Smart Solution Award will be presented for the second year, honouring particularly innovative concepts that are still in an early stage of implementation. The prize highlights solutions with the potential to fundamentally transform traditional value chains. The winner from 2018 is InstaFreight GmbH.

“The ideas that were submitted illustrate that supply chain skills are seen as mission-critical for adding value and achieving success,” remarks Harald Geimer, partner at PwC Management Consulting.

“Anyone who makes it to the final round has already made a big splash and scored a real success,” adds Dr. Petra Seebauer, managing director of EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH and an initiator of EXCHAiNGE.

Finalists for the Supply Chain Management Award

The Bosch Group’s submission focuses on the methodology of supply chain network design, using digital twins to forecast supply chain costs and evaluate long-term decisions.

The Continental Automotive Group’s submission for the Supply Chain Management Award is the “Fast Forward 2030” supply chain vision. The objective is to develop readiness for “Industry 4.0” automation, which brings greater agility and transparency to the complex supply chain. The first cost savings have already been realized at the two smart factory pilots in Regensburg and Zvolen.

Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services presents its Digital Warehouse solution, an essential building block of its digital strategy. Concepts to (partially) automate repetitive processes, develop mobile and paperless processes, and deploy “digital twin” systems yield streamlined processes and shorter manufacturing throughput times.

Finnish technology giant Nokia has developed “Future Eye” supply chain vision for 2025. Nokia’s submission describes forward-looking concepts around the conscious factory, conscious warehouse, and conscious distribution. Innovative technology and automation solutions—digital twin systems, virtual reality, robots, real-time tracking, and more—create transparency and efficiency across the entire supply chain.

Finalists for the Smart Solution Award 2019

Munich-based start-up Magazino presents a flexible robot solution for intralogistics. Following the successful deployment of TORU robots to pick shoe cartons, the SOTO model promises significant benefits in the area of material supply, including lower picking costs, support for non-ergonomic tasks, and lower line stock levels. The company was founded in 2014 and now has some 110 employees.

Metrilus presents MetriXFreight, its automated freight measurement system. MetriXFreight obtains measurements using 3D depth camera technology, outperforming conventional laser-based systems at a much lower price point. The innovative technology can measure objects of various shapes and sizes to capture reliable master data for inbound goods or optimize loads and provide accurate freight billing data for outbound goods.

parcelLab’s submission is focused on improving the e-commerce customer experience during post-checkout. parcelLab offers real-time monitoring of each individual order for personal, individual, and emotional customer communications supported by machine learning. The white-label solution lets online retailers design their post-checkout customer relationships around their unique wishes and needs.

shipcloud of Hamburg presents its cloud-based shipping platform, offering online retailers an easy interface to key carriers – DHL, Deutsche Post, DPD, UPS, and many more. In addition to the automated generation and printing of shipping labels, multi-carrier tracking, the platform also makes it possible to optimize transport through price queries and to easily change carriers.