At the Enterprise Lab for Logistics and Digitalisation, experts from DB Schenker and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML are working on the solutions of tomorrow.
Markus Sontheimer, CIO and Chief Digitalisation Officer at Schenker, views the development of the DB Schenker Enterprise Lab for Logistics and Digitalisation as a great success since it opened in January 2015. While journalists were touring the facility, he presented them with the vision of the future of logistics that is currently taking shape in Dortmund as part of a partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML.
Researchers from DB Schenker, the Fraunhofer IML, and TU Dortmund University study the potential offered by digital innovations and trends, and they work on taking this potential to the next level. Using new tools, IT, prototypes, and 3D printers, their goal is to design the logistics system of the future. Their research targets also include developing digital business models and optimising warehouse management processes by means of new software.
“This collaborative effort sees us accelerating the digitalisation of logistics processes,” said Markus Sontheimer. “In this, the era of Industry 4.0, DB Schenker understands the importance of digitalisation and the opportunities that it offers. We are collectively working on innovative solutions that prepare us to face the competition of the future.”
“In addition to our usual collaborative work within individual research projects, working as part of an Enterprise Lab can make research much faster and efficient,” said Professor Boris Otto, Director of Information Management & Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML. “The underlying principle is to work together to develop prototypes in innovative fields in order to gather experience applying new digital technologies and business models within a very short time frame. Solutions that have proven to be effective at the prototype phase can then quickly be transferred to other fields of application.”