Logistics Reply and Fraunhofer IML cooperate within the framework of the "Performance Centre Logistics and IT"

10 October 2022

Logistics Reply, the Reply Group company specialising in innovative software solutions for a digital supply chain, supports the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) and provides the LEA Reply™ Warehouse Management System (WMS) in the new "Picking Lab".

The Fraunhofer "Picking Lab" is a miniature warehouse for picking in which various picking technologies and warehouse management systems (WMS) can be tested. It is aimed at industry partners, manufacturers and users of picking technologies. The test centre compares different technologies with regard to ergonomic aspects, objective performance criteria and the interaction between people and technology.

The LEA Reply™ warehouse management system by Logistics Reply is used to manage inventories and to flexibly connect the various picking technologies. With this platform, other processes along the supply chain can also be digitally mapped and reliably controlled. The software suite includes numerous microservices that can be used independently or flexibly in combination. This architecture makes it possible to put together customised solutions for specific logistics requirements and to add services or additional functions.

The picking technologies used in the "Picking Lab" are, for example, devices for mobile data entry (MDE), "Pick-by-Voice" or "Pick-by-Light" - "Pick-by-Vision" is being planned. Interested parties have the opportunity to visit the "Picking Lab" on site, experience the technologies in reality and test solutions themselves. Within the framework of research projects, for example, the usability or ergonomics of software systems and technologies are examined.

"As a cooperation partner of the Fraunhofer IML, we are very pleased to be able to support companies that want to digitalise their warehouse in their search for the right pick-by-method or warehouse management system. At Logitiscs Reply, we are already working intensively on the future of logistics by developing autonomous solutions for warehouse management using drones, autonomous vehicles, computer vision and advanced platforms. The goal is to improve resilience for business operations and supply chains through intelligent automation and the use of real-time data to predict, anticipate and react quickly to developments," comments Alexander Edelmann, Partner at Logistics Reply.

Reply [EXM, STAR: REY] specialises in the design and implementation of solutions based on new communication channels and digital media. As a network of highly specialised companies, Reply defines and develops business models enabled by the new models of AI, big data, cloud computing, digital media and the internet of things. Reply delivers consulting, system integration and digital services to organisations across the telecom and media; industry and services; banking and insurance; and public sectors.

Logistics Reply
Logistics Reply provides cutting-edge software solutions that enable companies to obtain an efficient and strongly connected digital supply chain, in which the different systems, partners, people and machines interact in harmony, through the use of the latest-generation technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, wearables and the IoT. Logistics Reply accompanies its customers along this transformation process, ensuring rapid time-to-value and long-term quality results, thanks to over twenty years of experience and extensive knowledge of supply chain technologies and processes.

Fraunhofer IML
The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund is regarded as the first address in holistic logistics research and works in all fields of internal and external logistics. By linking research and practice, companies are given the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations on the market and to incorporate them into their individual company cycle.In the Intralogistics and IT Planning department, applied research projects concerning intralogistic warehouse and IT systems are supervised. On the one hand, this includes intralogistics planning of efficient as well as human-centred production and distribution centres (selection of suitable warehouse and conveyor technology, dimensioning of functional areas, operating strategies, workplace design, etc.) and, on the other hand, IT planning with a focus on the selection and introduction of logistics IT systems such as warehouse management systems (WMS), resource planning systems (RPS) or transport management systems (TMS). In this context, one of the world's leading logistics platforms for WMS and logistics IT has been operated and continuously developed for 22 years.

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