Leaders in Logistics: EPS looks beyond the megatrends
Makrem Kadachi, general manager, GCC, Ehrhardt+Partner Solutions says Leaders in Logistics will provide opportunity to delve beneath the ‘megatrends’ affecting regional logistics.
Why is it important that you support the Leaders in Logistics Summit?
Our LFS is s our supply chain execution system – a comprehensive solution for efficient logistics management. From warehouse management to material flow control and all the way to transportation management: you actively control all of your logistics processes from within LFS. Your logistics processes will gain enormous efficiency, and you will save on time and costs.
It is important to us to have such opportunity to discuss new challenges, where the warehouse is going to and figuring out the requirements of industry with businesses at events like this, it plays a decisive role in our ability to understand trends in the market. We also benefit from being able to meet senior logistics and supply chain professionals.
The Middle East is also a very important and growing market for Ehrhardt+Partner Solutions. We are a global business and we believe we have much to offer with our warehouse management system.
What do you think are the main challenges facing the logistics industry in 2017?
Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and Big Data: Especially in logistics, these topics are more than just megatrends. Along the entire value added chain, companies connect their installations and systems. From the supplier across the logistics service provider up to the transport company – all processes of the supply chain are interlinked and constantly monitored. This generates data: According to recent calculations, the worldwide data volume will increase to 44 billion gigabytes by 2020. This is ten times as much as today. This makes data the most important currency of the industry. Only if companies make economic use of these data, for instance for optimizing their processes, they can achieve long-term success on the market. Internationally, smart logistics solutions are already accepted and frequently used. Companies missing this trend, will sooner or later be outdone by their competitors.
What most excites you about the UAE supply chain and logistics industry in 2017?
The requirements to logisticians in all domains and all over the UAE increase every day. “If companies fail to provide their products at the right time, in the right quantity and at the right price in these times of growing online business, they can no longer satisfy their customers’ complex requirements. The industry is facing increasing pressure for optimization. Many companies have not yet recognized that Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and Big Data are more than just marketing buzzwords. Intelligent solutions are the basis for the logistics of the future. And it played a decisive role in 2017
What are the main topics you expect to come up at the Leaders in Logistics Summit?
The logistics companies are trying to outdo each other. Faster, more flexible, more punctual – that is Logistics 4.0. All processes along the value added chain are connected. The interaction with the customer results in a new, transparent type of logistics in which the customer can view the shipment status at any time and, if required, intervene in the process chain, even after having placed the order.
What are the latest product/service launches from your company?
Changing customer needs, ever increasing industry requirements, and globally connected markets: the pressure to continuously optimize logistics processes is relentless. Which is why we’ve been developing smart solutions for over 30 years in order to provide efficient support to logistics companies and their day-to-day operations – flexible and usable across all industries, and offering maximum effectiveness and ease of use. All of this has made us one of the leading logistics experts today:
- Lydia® Voice Solutions
- Technical Solution Center
- E+P Consulting
- Aviation (Ground & Cargo Management)
What other news can we expect from your company in 2017/2018?
With the recent acquisition of the US market, we have greatly expanded our business. Our goal is to be able offer our clients a new dimension of supply chain solutions. Nevertheless we are also lauching a new logo from our Company, the Ehrhardt+Partner Group.