Logistics 4.0: what it is and why it is the future of warehousing

Logistics 4.0 is the one that uses the digital means of the so-called fourth industrial revolution for the development of its activities. Some of these technologies are: cloud computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Business Intelligence Service.

Key aspects of logistics 4.0

Logistics 4.0 is strongly linked to the fourth industrial revolution and its origin is driven by the increasing needs and demands of customers on various aspects related to logistics. These include: on-time deliveries, visibility, traceability, accurate and continuous information on the status of orders and transport, a secure, fast and efficient returns system, etc.

Efficient and modern logistics is, nowadays, absolutely essential to achieve a good company or brand image, gain prestige and improve your customers' shopping experience. A good use of logistics makes it possible to provide added value and achieve greater customization to the tastes and needs of customers.

Logistics 4.0 is based on the following technologies:
  • Big Data. Users provide their data through digitization, which makes it possible to configure a profile of each customer and, in this way, improve the experience and meet their needs.
  • Artificial Intelligence. AI makes it possible to process and use the data collected and stored at a higher level: empowering self-learning, making predictive analysis and creating algorithms.
  • Robotics applied to logistics. These are digital or physical machines that allow the automation of many repetitive tasks and, in logistics, have led to the automation, and even robotization, of functions that have traditionally been performed manually. Tasks that often involved carrying heavy loads and could lead to accidents and occupational illnesses.
  • IoT (internet of things) and interconnection. Interconnection is achieved so that the system has all the information it needs to augment cloud data, improving product distribution and the supply chain. In reality, all equipment provides a signal, what is achieved with the IoT is to transform this information into useful data through new technologies. An example of this is smart forklifts, which collect usage information to optimize intralogistics operations.
  • Omnichannel and accessibility. Through omni-channeling, the customer can manage the purchase of products or services from all types of devices, being able to pick up the product in the store or a nearby collection point, receive it comfortably at home, or return it by mail or parcel if they are not to their liking or have any damage. In short, the visibility and transparency of the entire logistics process is improved.
Why Logistics 4.0 is the future? Discover its advantages

Logistics 4.0 involves the digital transformation of the complex process of warehousing, transportation, order fulfillment and delivery, and returns. This translates into many benefits, affecting companies, suppliers and customers.

Creation of data capture strategies and interconnection with WMS and TMS.

Logistics 4.0 software allows real-time data capture, both inventory and transportation (estimated and actual delivery times, route planning, etc.). In short, there is an exchange of information between the WMS (Warehouse Management Software) and the TMS (Transport Management System).

These systems collect and manage information from the company's various logistics activities and make it available to suppliers, transport companies and customers themselves.

Reducing costs and increasing profitability

Automation and robotization are one of the pillars of logistics 4.0 and the industrial revolution, this allows cost savings and improved profitability and productivity, by transforming repetitive and drudgery tasks into more strategic functions, with much more added value.

Increased visibility and traceability of goods

Logistics 4.0 eliminates or minimizes the dreaded bottlenecks that prevent orders from being delivered on the agreed dates, and provides greater visibility of the entire logistics process and exhaustive control of traceability.

It is possible to track each item, product or batch, to know where it is at all times, thus avoiding one of the greatest logistical risks: loss and theft of goods.

Improved customer satisfaction

One of the greatest benefits of logistics 4.0 is undoubtedly its positive impact on customer satisfaction. Efficiency is gained, orders arrive much faster and deadlines are met. In addition, the customer can obtain information, almost in real time, about where his order is and when he will receive it.

All this translates into an improvement in the company's KPIs (performance indicators), which can also be visualized and analyzed in a single scorecard.

Allows integration between work teams and sectors

In the very DNA of logistics 4.0 is to offer a much more compact and integral vision of the relationships between a company, its suppliers and other companies, as well as between the different professionals and areas of the organization itself.

The direct consequence of all this is the improvement of the company's internal and external communication and the tendency to achieve top quality processes with an interdepartmental approach to the internal customer, i.e. the company's employees and collaborators.

Toyota Material Handling's technology and machinery fully prepared for Industry 4.0

Toyota Material Handling is characterized by the development of modernized and Industry 4.0-ready forklifts and handling equipment in general.

We specialize in the automation and robotization of warehouse and logistics machinery and processes, incorporating Big Data and Artificial Intelligence technology to: plan routes, prepare orders, transport pallets, handle goods or overcome obstacles automatically. In these cases, the functions of the human team gain in quality, transforming repetitive and cumbersome jobs into supervisory and organizational tasks.

In addition, thanks to our system, the entire logistics process can be controlled from a control panel with specific software to manage ratios and know everything that is happening in the process in real time, thus significantly improving productivity and efficiency in the operation.