One more? Transitioning from warehousing 4.0 to 5.0: mind the gap
Lunch Seminar in presence
Building BL26/B – Room 0.19 (ground floor)
Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Via R. Lambruschini, 4/B
Saarland University, Germany
Warehouses face new challenges in terms of efficiency, flexibility and service level fulfilment, in times of global crises. To deal with these challenges, warehouse managers rely on both the flexibility of digitally assisted human work and the efficiency automated systems offer. Using emerging Industry 4.0 technologies for autonomization, automation, and worker assistance in warehousing has led to the emergence of different concepts, such as “Logistics 4.0”.
These “4.0-developments” have significant implications for sustainability, which is among the strategic priorities of a company, as warehouse operations impact economic, environmental as well as social sustainability indicators within triple-bottom-line thinking. As warehouses are considered socio-technical systems, human factors and the interaction of workers with technology are essential for a successful operation. Considering human–machine interactions as well as related implications of technology usage on environmental indicators can ensure the development of sustainable and human-centered logistics systems within the vision of Industry 5.0.
Eric Grosse is a Junior Professor and the Head of the Chair of Business Management and Digital Transformation in Operations Management at the Faculty of Human and Business Sciences at Saarland University, Germany. His research interests include sustainability in logistics and operations management with a focus on human-centric digital transformation. He has published in renowned international journals, such as the European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Business Logistics or International Journal of Operations and Production Management. He is an area editor of Operations Management Research and co-edited several special issues in international journals. He serves as a co-chair of IFAC TC 5.2 ‘Management and Control in Manufacturing and Logistics’.