The digitalization of logistics has occupied a prominent position on the agenda to eliminate inefficiencies and reduce environmental impact. Finland has even announced a Logistics Digitalization Strategy at the end of last year. Their goal is to move towards efficient and sustainable logistics by means of digitalization. To achieve this, they want to facilitate open cooperation and collective understanding of the benefits generated by digitalization of logistics. We asked Pekka Lehtinen, Managing Director Finland at Consafe Logistics how a WMS can support this strategy.

WMS BOOSTS DIGITALIZATION OF LOGISTICS

“The logistics industry has always been a crucial part of the society and its importance has been proven once again during the COVID-10 pandemic. Not only for the distribution of medical equipment, but also for ordering consumer goods in a time that the accessibility of stores was limited. Logistics will only become more embedded into our lives, which means that it needs to be more sustainable and fitting to our digital environment.

Pekka Lehtinen, Consafe Logistics

Digitalization is the only way the logistics industry can become part of the future. And a WMS is one of the solutions that can accelerate and underline the digitalization of logistics. An important part of this strategy is to improve the management and use of data where a WMS facilitates this by:

  • Sharing logistic data with other integrated systems 

  • Calculating packing optimizations to reduce waste and to limit shipping air 

  • Presenting real-time information of the logistic operation 

  • Enhancing the ability of monitoring and reporting 

Data stands at the core of a WMS which is then used to report, calculate, share, and steer the logistics operation. This enabled Hub Logistics to achieve 99.96% delivery accuracy for the 7000 to 11000 order lines that they process daily. Efficiency improvements is one way of using a WMS, but it can also be utilized to improve customer value. Ahlsell Finland is an example of that, as they have decreased customer complaints by 80% after implementing their WMS.

However, to ensure digitalization of logistics in Finland, all the parties within the industry should be addressed. This will enhance the supply chain for data sharing so that supporting tools can utilize it for optimization. In my view, one of the main benefits of a WMS in supporting this, is the ability to easily integrate with other systems such as a TMS. By interlinking with other systems, the optimization goes much further than the warehouse activities. It creates a decentralized digital eco-system for logistic solutions and innovation.”

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