Despite all of the technical development and the general trend towards automation, demographic change is becoming increasingly problematic for intralogistics: staff, for example at the interface between man and machine, are in demand but are few and far between – and the shortage is expected to become increasingly acute over the coming years. Skilled workers are particularly sought-after.
"Logistics is currently undergoing change due to three key factors: digitalisation, automation and collaboration along the value creation chain down to development of value creation networks," says Dr Katharina Schaefer, Chair of the Executive Board at BVL Campus gGmbH. "These three factors are mutually enhancing one another and, if they work together optimally, will lead to acceleration of established processes, increases in quality and process innovations."
Achieving excellence on this high level is not becoming simpler than before, but rather more complex, she says. It is no longer isolated interfaces that have to be planned and implemented, but rather multiple, interlinked interfaces: data interfaces, machinery interfaces, hardware interfaces, network interfaces or software interfaces.
"Intralogistics has a pioneering role to play in this," says Schaefer. “If the new way of thinking can work on the level of intralogistics, then that is the key to further success on the market."
In view of this development, she says, it follows that the need for staff in intralogistics will increase continually. "A good intralogistician has their eye on performance data and possible disruptions to complex technical warehousing and picking systems as well as the availability and qualifications of the workforce," says Schaefer. "They make decisions that are critical to success based on sometimes incomplete information – and often under extreme time pressure." She believes that those entering into the field of intralogistics with sound training in logistics have many doors open to them; above all, however, they can expect a very varied area of work, in both operative and strategic terms.