LogiMAT 2020 features an accompanying program of over 30 distinguished expert forums, exciting live events, and more than 100 exhibitor presentations covering a diverse spectrum of intralogistics issues.

The unique accompanying program has been a LogiMAT mainstay from the very beginning. The 18th International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management returns with its slate of forums featuring some 250 distinguished speakers. Included are three serial live events running all day in the Tracking & Tracing Theatre (Hall 4, Booth F05), the Digital Warehouse Theatre (Hall 8, Booth A70), and the Load Securing event area (Hall 9, Booth A71). This content-rich program elevates the trade show to the level of a conference, featuring more than 30 distinguished expert forums plus a program in Forum T (East Entrance Atrium) geared specifically toward the issues driving retail logistics.

The traditional IFT Day on March 11 features expert roundtables that examine the ideas and technologies shaping the future design of intralogistics in five sessions moderated by Dr. Robert Schulz, Director of the Institute for Conveyance Technology and Logistics at the University of Stuttgart (Hall 9, Forum E). Also on March 11, a look at what businesses need in order to digitally transform and “why there are no more excuses for not starting now”: with Dr. Kai-Oliver Schocke, Professor of Production Management and Logistics at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Hall 8, Forum D).

Innovation optimized

“Silicon Economy – Do or Die”: with Dr. Michael ten Hompel, Managing Institute Director of Fraunhofer IML and Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund (March 10 in Hall 1, Forum A). “AI – Reality Check” follows afterward with Dr. Philipp Gölzer, Head of Digital Production at Fraunhofer SCS and Professor at TU Nuremberg (Hall 8, Forum D). AI’s current role in accelerating tasks such as picking are the subject of a discussion moderated by Dr. Kai Pfeiffer, Head of Industrial and Commercial Service Robots at Fraunhofer IPA Dortmund (March 10 in Hall 9, Forum E).

“Flexibility, Elasticity, Agility” – with a panel of practitioners moderated by Dr. Wolfgang Echelmeyer of the University of Reutlingen’s ESB Business School, a member of the Intralogistics Network in Baden-Wu?rttemberg (March 10 in Hall 2, Forum B).

“Logistics Innovations for Practice” the moderator is Dr. Rolf Jansen, MD of the Association for the Promotion of Innovative Processes in Logistics (VVL) in Dortmund (March 11 in Hall 4, Forum C). “Smart Systems for Production Optimization”, with experts from the Department of Factory Planning and Production Management at Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart (March 11 in Hall 8, Forum D). “Warehouse Optimization is About More Than Digital Technology,” moderated by Dr. Bernd H. Kortschak, Chair of General Business Administration and Logistics at the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences (March 11 in Hall 1, Forum A); and “Logistics Excellence – Smart Processes for Sustainably Lower Costs,” moderated by Dr. Christian Jacobi, Chief Executive Officer of EffizienzCluster Management GmbH and Managing Partner of agiplan GmbH in Mülheim an der Ruhr (March 12 in Hall 1, Forum A).

Human-machine collaboration

The LogiMAT 2020 accompanying program offers no fewer than three expert forums on the benefits and challenges of AGVs. “From the AGV Developer Labs” with Waldemar Osterhoff, Senior Consultant at Forum-FTS GmbH (March 10 in Hall 2, Forum B).

“International Certification for AGVs – How It’s Done” presented by testing and certification giant TÜV SÜD (March 11 in Hall 2, Forum B). “AGV Security” under the moderation of Dr. Günter Ullrich, Managing Partner of Forum-FTS GmbH (March 12 in Hall 2, Forum B).

Auto ID and its role and options as an enabling technology for digital transformation: That’s the subject at the Tracking & Tracing Theatre (Hall 4, Booth F05) and in the two forums “Optimization of the Digital Supply Chain” (March 10 in Hall 4, Forum C) and “Automation in Logistics with Auto ID” (March 11 in Hall 4, Forum C).

Two other forums focus specifically on the collaborative human-machine interface. “Humans & Machines: The Future of Flexible Logistics”, moderated by Dr. Johannes Fottner, Vice Dean and Full Professor for Logistics Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (March 10 in Hall 1, Forum A). “The Human-Technology Interaction in Picking,’ an expert forum led by Dr. Veronika Kretschmer, Consulting Psychology and Ergonomics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) (March 12 in Hall 8, Forum D).

“German-Chinese Partnerships in Logistics”, with experts from the business and academic communities moderated by Dr. Michael Henke, Institute Director at Fraunhofer IML (March 12 in Hall 9, Forum E).

Digital trade processes for more sustainability

The processes of retail logistics—and the automation and digitization of trade processes – are the focus of a special series of six presentations hosted by the TradeWorld professional platform within LogiMAT in the East Entrance Atrium, Forum T: “Multichannel Strategies in B2B Commerce” is presented by Holger Seidenschwarz, Research Director at ibi research at the University of Regensburg (March 10). “New Retail Goes Digital” with Marco Atzberger, Senior Vice President at EHI Retail Institute in Cologne (March 10). “Retail Logistics 4.0” with moderator Dr. Volker Lange, Head of Packaging and Retail Logistics at Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund (March 11).

“Software for Logistics in Omnichannel Commerce” with the defining tools of IT – with Dr. Franz Vallée, Founder and Scientific Director at Vallée und Partner in Münster (March 11). “Rethinking the Wholesale Business Model” with Gero Becker, Team Leader of Strategic Insights B2B at IFH Cologne (March 12). “Sustainable Urban Logistics” moderated by Matthias Pieringer, Editor-in-Chief of LOGISTIK HEUTE at HUSS-VERLAG GmbH in Munich (March 12).

The opening day features two events in Halls 4 and 9 that address sustainability: “Packaging Logistics: How to Go Greener”. The moderator is Sandra Lehmann, Editor of LOGISTIK HEUTE at HUSS-VERLAG GmbH (Hall 4, Forum C). “Climate-Friendly Logistics”. Moderated by Alexandra Kornacher, Head of Design for the Research Group for Optimized Value Chains (HSA_ops) at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg (Hall 9, Forum E).

“Thanks to our partners, who provide us with valuable input every year, we’ve managed once more to put together a fascinating accompanying program with helpful tips for attendees to make their intralogistics sustainable,” concludes LogiMAT Exhibition Directory Michael Ruchty.

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