Together with his team, Dr. Christian Grotemeier, Managing Director of BVL.digital GmbH, is pressing ahead with the activities of this new company. The podcasts and webinars are particularly popular with users, and there is also a great deal of public interest in the studies and other services of BVL.digital.
Users of BVL.digital can take part in regular live webinars and listen to podcasts from the comfort of their own home or at the workplace. The portfolio of the unit also includes logistics studies and mood barometers as well as digital services that help logistics managers to make day-to-day decisions or build their professional networks.
Every fortnight BVL.digital streams a new live webinar, in which the participants can discuss key topics with logistics experts. Those who don’t have the time to take part live can access the webinars at a later date when it suits them. The lecturers are real-world experts who share their knowledge, report on their experiences and also answer questions. Access to the webinars is by either one-off ticket or one-year pass. The one-year pass also includes access to the archive with over 30 past episodes.
The “BVL.digital Podcast” has been on air since September. Once a fortnight, moderator Boris Felgendreher talks to pioneering
individuals, out-of-the-box thinkers, decision-makers and movers in the logistics sector about topics like digital transformation,
sustainability, technologies and innovations, start-ups, world trade and logistics as an occupation. The podcast is available free of charge on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other standard platforms. Users can also subscribe to the podcasts to ensure they don’t miss any of the episodes.
BVL is working with business consultants Capgemini Invent to assess which technologies are suitable for warehouse use. A “Technologieradar” working group is in the process of systematically documenting various technologies from drones and data glasses through to driverless forklift trucks, submitting these applications and options to an in-depth review – with the focus explicitly not on specific products but on the technologies themselves. The findings are being published on the Internet and
continuously updated. The website is operated together with the Huss-Verlag specialist publishing company, which means that daily updated new and other information from the world of intralogistics is also available. Companies making investment decisions for their warehouses can draw on this information to rapidly identify the applications that might be best suited to their specific requirements.
The BVL-Connect app has been part of the BVL.digital portfolio from the outset and has now been comprehensively updated to provide a wider range of functions and ensure easier handling. After registering, users can create their own profile and share information and ideas with other users in the form of posts via an interactive pinboard – unfiltered and with no algorithms. They can also discuss the topics that interest them and interconnect with other members in group chats or via private messages.
Accelerating Urban Logistics
Logistics managers face major challenges as a result of “slow” cities. How efficient is the flow of road traffic? Which German cities are fast and which ones are particularly slow? How does the flow of traffic change during the course of the day? And what can cities and logistics managers do to make sure that everyone in the city reaches their destination more efficiently? These and other questions are the focal points of a joint study of BVL.digital and Here Technologies. The study is based on 58 billion
traffic data points and the assessments of around 400 logistics experts. BVL.digital presented the study at the International Supply Chain Conference, and it generated a great deal of interest among the public at large.
More traffic on the railways?
How can freight transports be moved to the railways? This was the question BVL put to more than 340 logistics managers. The majority believe that there is potential for moving freight to rail – provided that the quality of service meets the required criteria and that reliability levels improve. The experts say that it is the policymakers who are responsible for pushing ahead with the necessary developments. The participants in the online survey conducted in April in cooperation with the German Transport Ministry included shipping companies from trade and industry, logistics service providers, rail transport companies and rail infrastructure operators, port and terminal operators, IT service providers, associations and experts from science and research.
Digital tools in transport logistics
BVL.digital joined forces with IT and communication technology service provider T-Systems to explore the role of drivers in the digitalization of the transport chain and to identify how digitalization can already mitigate the impact of the shortage of drivers today. “Time is the decisive factor”, explains Christian Grotemeier. “If we can increase the capacity utilisation of a vehicle,
for example, then this also saves valuable driver working time. The same applies if loading and unloading routines on the ramps are so well organised that there are no long waiting times.” There are many digital solutions that can help to make these things happen: 43 percent of respondents in trade and industry use electronic documents, for example. The challenges faced in this area include interface management, and the survey shows that the relevant actors need to be become more open
to data exchange processes.
In May, the German Federal eCommerce and Mail Order Association (bevh) and BVL.digital staged a workshop to discuss challenges and potential solutions in the area of seasonal logistics. With inspiration from multiple kick-off presentations on the topics of demand planning, robotics in intralogistics and transport logistics, the logistics managers talked about their strategies
to ensure that the run-up to Christmas was as stress-free as possible. They agreed that more effective concepts for personnel
recruitment were needed despite the increasing levels of automation in the warehouse. There was also consensus that there
is a need for dialogue between online traders and CEP service providers in order to trial run more efficient concepts for delivery to the end customer.