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Logistics Automation - an Enabler for Competing

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


In Proceedings of Hamburg International Conference of Logistics 2008: Operations and technology management


Erich Schmidt Verlag GmbH & Co


Today´s business environment is dominated by uncertainty and fast changes which result in the need for companies, in all lines of businesses, to focus on logistics in a greater extent than before. Companies need to attain high resource usage, low level of tied up capital as well as high delivery accuracy. One way to achieve this is with the help of logistics automation. This paper presents the result of a study conducted at different SMEs. Issues the study includes are: to what extent SMEs applies logistics automation; the interest, knowledge and needs for improving the supply chain; problem areas and difficulties for SMEs concerning logistics automation and future industrial needs.


author = {Anna Granlund and Mats Jackson},
title = {Logistics Automation - an Enabler for Competing},
editor = {Thorsten Blecker, Wolfgang Kersten, Carsten Gertz},
pages = {129--146},
month = {September},
year = {2008},
booktitle = {In Proceedings of Hamburg International Conference of Logistics 2008: Operations and technology management},
publisher = {Erich Schmidt Verlag GmbH {\&} Co},
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