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REPORT: EPS is spearheading backend automation in GCC

by ASC Staff on Apr 7, 2017


Dr. Makrem Kadachi, general manager, Middle East at Ehrhardt + Partner Solutions.
Dr. Makrem Kadachi, general manager, Middle East at Ehrhardt + Partner Solutions.

When people hear the word automation, in terms of logistics, they understandably think of the self-driving forklifts, automated picking systems and AUVs that have made headlines in recent years, but automation is as much a backend priority as it is on the warehouse floor.

According to a study conducted by Gartner, there will be 26 billion networked devices worldwide by 2020 that will be able to exchange data among themselves in an interoperable manner. This entails major challenges for processing the enormous quantities of data in the cloud.

“Automation doesn’t only apply to hardware. If you look at trends like Industry 4.0, this is the future of business and it will impact logistics,” says Dr. Makrem Kadachi, general manager, Middle East at Ehrhardt + Partner Solutions. “All the different systems and solutions in a company need to be able to communicate instantly and seamlessly with each other.”

“Communications is the key word here, this is the basis of automation,” he adds. “Everyone is looking for one solution that will cover an entire process of delivery, but this will never exist. Full automation needs dedicated solutions for each part of the business; WMS, fleet telematics, procurement, etc. This enables higher efficiency because everyone can focus entirely on their own responsibilities, while they are communicating the right information between the different areas of the business.”

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