*By Ana Dividino, Business Director at Softtek Brasil and Fábio Corso, Specialist in Logistics Solutions
“Smart production is useless without a logistics that lives up to it.”
We have recently been experiencing momentous change across the spheres of government, business, political and human relations, and such change will take a completely different form in the post-pandemic era. Technologies will become strategic accomplices for the survival of organizations and will support the most urgent actions in this new era.
In this challenging and disruptive scenario, resource management becomes a survival factor, making the role of logistics a vital point. With a share of around 12% of Brazil's GDP (R$876 billion in 2019), logistics costs have the potential to generate value for companies in the segment.
More than ever, the importance of digital transformation takes on Homeric proportions, mainly within the scope of industry. Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 are interconnected and move away from the traditional through technologies that automate, self-diagnose, self-configure, and optimize virtually on their own.
With the application of the Industry 4.0 concept, it’s no longer necessary to mass-produce while focusing on the correct quantity to avoid stock build-up. The focus is now on personalization; lean and efficient production to preserve cash and reduce costs. As part of this ecosystem, logistics continues to maneuver challenge and innovation through Logistics 4.0.
Obviously, smart production is useless without a logistics that lives up to it, with benefits ranging from the human aspect to the business aspect.
The concept of Logistics 4.0 is the adoption of technologies to connect innovative actions with automated processes (digital, mechanization, robotization), generating momentum to overcome the paradigms of the next years of Logistics. Such momentum can be obtained through optimization, cost reduction ranging from 10% to 20%, and increased crossing speed.
How do we engineer the transformation from traditional to 4.0?
Therefore, the connectivity of technologies will make Logistics 4.0 support the challenging journey in this new scenario, generating new agile processes.
Through its physical dimensions of the supply chain and the digital data value chain, Logistics 4.0 will take business to new heights and strengthen strategic positioning for this new business context—investing in technologies and strategies that optimize has never been so important.