8 Megatrends will change our future economic living

Global & urban

Globalization is advancing continuously and the world population is concentrating in so called ‘mega cities’. The important thing is to find new strategies and logistic solutions to meet the challenges of globaly interlinked Metropolises.

 

Flexible & customized

Increasing cycle rates are occupying an ever higher rating in the on-demand world of commerce. Only companies that succeed in meeting customer‘s wishes directly, flexibly and individually will remain competitive.

Technology

The ever more rapidly advancing technological progress is opening up new and fascinating possibilities. At the same time it is also leading to ever shorter lifecycles of individual products.

Resources & efficiency

Natural resources are becoming ever scarcer and therefore increasingly expensive. The systematic and efficient handling of them will be the decisive challenge of the future.

Energy

Dependable and clean energy production is developing into one of the most important future topics. In addition to this there is a diminishing availability of natural raw materials. Energy efficient technologies are the logical consequence of this trend.

Data protection

On account of the increase in stored and processed data, data protection is gaining ever more importance. Data should be available at any time and everywhere. This increases the risk of unauthorized dissemination and data abuse.

Demographic change

Demographic change is advancing unstoppably. Due to the increasing average age of the population it is not only the requirements made of products that are changing. In addition, companies must adapt their workplaces and work organization to meet the requirements of older employees. This also includes the ergonomic improvement and further automation of physically demanding workplaces.

The environment

The worldwide increasing CO2 emissions and the climate change are leading to an ever more intensely pronounced environmental awareness in society in general. In the new industrial countries environmental technology is also playing an ever greater role and is seen as a development opportunity. Recyclable materials, engines with low consumption and lower exhaust emissions and sustainable production technologies are the environmental topics of the future.



The megatrends mainly influence three segments of intralogistics:

1. The workplace

The credo of the future workplace is: flexible, individual and safe. Driver safety can be further increased in the future by way of assistance systems. Demographics is a another decisive factor that is important to consider. The workplace must be equally suitable for people of different ages, different physical dimensions and different linguistic regions. Well reasoned ergonomics and an operator control system that is as simple as possible are two key factors for dealing with demographic influences. In addition ever more vehicles will be able to recognize their drivers by means of chip cards, pin codes or RFID technique in future. Adaptations that are specific to the driver will therefore be possible to an increasing extent. The operability outside of the vehicle, for example, by means of clothing with implemented control elements, will make vehicles even more flexible in use in the future.

2. The system

The future requirements that will be made of intralogistic systems will be high. The important thing is to implement efficient, networked and flexible production systems and intralogistic solutions. Fast processes make it possible to hold small stocks. New technologies help to increase the process speed. GPS modules make it possible to exactly locate the respective vehicle fleet and the goods processed. Hardware and software can be networked and by these means processes can be organized, analysed and optimized better. The automation of processes or individual process steps can also be implemented to an increasing degree by means of new technical facilities. In addition, it is essential to ensure a high change and reaction capability. This can be achieved above all by organizational and control structures that are decentralized and service orientated.

3. Energy

Energy is becoming an ever more valuable resource due to the increasing scarcity of raw materials. In future it will be increasingly important to achieve maximum efficiency through optimized resource utilization. The use of energy efficient technologies will play a decisive role in achieving this. In future both energy consumption and CO2 emissions must be reduced further in order to ensure the sustained utilization of energy. Another important topic relating to the promotion of sustainability is designing modular products. A product service life can be extended by this type of production, because individual modules instead of a complete product can be replaced. The recycling capability of production materials is gaining in importance for the selection of the materials used. Used modules can be resolutely recycled.