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Production logistics relies on continuity
Today, production companies need to build up a strong export activity, however, they also suffer from international competition. Consumer spending in this millennium remains hesitant. Opportunities for manufacturers in Western Europe primarily lie in the field of innovation and partnerships. Concepts such as' Internet of things' and 'smart industry' require knowledge and it is not always easy to obtain it. Simple production has been outsourced for decades now and they only way to follow is high-tech or nice products.
Also, production logistics need to deal with supply chain optimization and collaboration with suppliers and customers. Order Management Systems (OMS) control the flow of goods between the different production sites and the warehouses.
Increased productivity and cost control are also imperative in logistics. Warehouses with narrow-aisle pallet racking and stacker cranes aim at an optimal use of storage space and transport systems like RGV's ensure the transport of goods from production to the warehouse. At various places stock is held in production and the warehouse manager uses clever inventory management software to ensure that replenishment happens on time, either through its own resources or by external suppliers.