Industrial logistics

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What is industrial logistics?

Industrial logistics refers to the entire process of planning, controlling and implementing the flow of goods in industrial companies. It plays a crucial role in ensuring the efficient and smooth supply of production processes. Both the procurement of raw materials and the distribution of finished products are taken into account.

Advantages and disadvantages of industrial logistics

Advantages:

  1. increased efficiency: well-organized industrial logistics can optimize production processes, which leads to higher production output.

  2. cost savings: efficient logistics can lead to lower storage costs, reduced transportation costs and overall lower operating costs.

  3. improved delivery reliability: well-planned logistics ensure reliable delivery times and satisfied customers.

Disadvantages:

  1. complexity: procurement, storage and transportation. And these are just a few elements that are part of industrial logistics. For such a complex process, planning and coordination are crucial.

  2. risk of bottlenecks: If parts are missing or there are delays in the supply chain, the worst-case scenario is that production comes to a standstill.

  3. environmental impact: Depending on the type of logistics, negative environmental impacts can also arise, for example through the use of means of transportation with high CO2 emissions.

Forms of industrial logistics

There are various forms of industrial logistics, which differ depending on the requirements of the company and the sector.

  • Procurement logistics: This includes the purchase of raw materials, components and other materials required for production.

  • Production logistics: Production logistics is all about organization. This includes production processes as well as production planning and internal processes.

  • Distribution logistics: Distribution logistics covers all the steps involved in shipping to the customer. In addition to storage and packaging, this includes transportation.

  • Disposal logistics: This area is responsible for the proper disposal of waste or the recycling of products.

  • Intralogistics: In-house logistics ensures the efficient movement of goods within the company.

Mike Schubert und Raimund Bergler

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