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Powering warehousing and logistics with seamless 5G connectivity

Powering warehousing and logistics with seamless 5G connectivity

Warehousing and logistics

Logistics 4.0 is revolutionizing global supply chains driven by connecting operations, accelerating process automation, connecting the workforce, while securing on-site data. This fuels the ongoing evolution of the USD 10.41 trillion logistics industry, expected to hit USD 14.08 trillion by 2028*.

Creating the logistics centers of the future

At Ericsson, we’re using the power of cellular to transform warehousing by connecting more advanced technologies into more productive and sustainable logistics hubs. With a scalable Private 5G Network, we offer customers a reliable, scalable, and robust solution, developed to solve the needs of today and preparing for the demands of the future. These digitally connected facilities will be able to seamlessly connect millions of pallets and track goods more efficiently and securely.

Creating the logistics centers of the future
Create Agility

Create agility

Inflexibility in a warehouse hampers its ability to swiftly respond to dynamic market demands. Without real-time tracking and visibility across the supply chain, adapting to shorter lead times and more variety of goods can become a challenge.

Advanced Operations

Advanced operations

The rising unpredictability in demand variety and labor shortages within warehouses operations is driving the adoption of advanced technologies to have a more resilient and reactive supply chains.

Unlock intelligence

Unlock intelligence

The lack of visibility across the supply chain poses a challenge to optimize the end-to-end movement of pallet handling. Unlocking valuable real-time data from operations enhances material flow, worker efficiency promotes sustainable and safe operations.

How is cellular connectivity achieving smart warehousing operations at CJ Logistics?

Download the case study to learn how CJ Logistics, one of South Koreas leading warehousing and logistics operators, is using Ericsson private 5G networks in their facilities. Learn about their digitalization journey, network concerns, and use cases that are adding efficiencies to the business process operations.

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Create agility

Making warehouses smart and agile

Logistics companies are struggling to overcome efficiency challenges related to storage, space optimization, pressure for fast and cost-effective deliveries, and the unpredictability of changing demands. Finding the balance between storing a large variety of goods requiring delivery, while guaranteeing their fast and convenient accessibility is a challenge for supply chains. To address these issues, real-time insights and the adaptation of the facility are key, and the adoption of advanced technologies will play a key role in having an active and responsive supply chain.

Ericsson is helping to make smart warehouses more efficient and agile and reliable in handling items through the adoption of a private 5G network.

Use cases

Inventory forecasting and tracking

Continuous and precise inventory tracking enables the application of advanced real-time algorithms for demand forecasting and optimization. This plays a crucial role in dynamically adjusting inventory levels, ultimately leading to the optimization of resource allocation, and reducing overstock.

Demand and forecasting

Continuous and precise inventory tracking enables the application of advanced real-time algorithms for demand forecasting and optimization. This plays a crucial role in dynamically adjusting inventory levels, ultimately leading to the optimization of resource allocation and reducing overstock.

Advanced operations

Revolutionizing operations through automation

Warehouses today are often equipped with a large number of connected and wireless devices such as handheld scanners, tablets and autonomous vehicles, all connected to a network. When utilizing a diverse set of wireless use cases in a complex environment, challenges such as network delays, dead zones and problem with handovers are common, given the dynamic nature of a warehouse with its narrow aisles, high sealings, and compact racks with diverse pallet contents.

With a seamless 5G network operating as one cell, a diverse range of wireless technologies can move smoothly around the warehouse without being interrupted by handovers, dead zones nor network delays. By utilizing advanced real-time data, the connected operations can take the next step into enhanced coordination and enabling swift decision-making and optimized resource allocation. All powered by a robust, scalable, and reliable 5G network.

In the case of a large warehouse, Ericsson's 5G Private Network deployment led to a remarkable 20% increase in productivity.

Use cases

Automated logistics flow

Leveraging 5G networks, AGVs and AMRs efficiently move materials across the warehouse with speed and reliability. By optimizing routes and dynamically adapting to obstacles, they ensure agile, responsive, and accurate material movement.

Connected Workers

Powered by 5G connectivity, workers use hand-held devices such as tablets, personal data assistants to access real-time data, enabling them to make quick decisions and manage inventory precisely. AR/VR smart glasses offer visual guidance, enhancing the accuracy of tasks such as picking and packing.

Unlock intelligence

Using real-time data to boost efficiency

The optimization of labor, storage, and operational efficiencies, along with the real-time management of unforeseen volatile demands, rapid shifts in customer behavior and supply chain issues, stands as remarkable challenges for warehouses today. These challenges are combined by the lack of visibility across the supply chain, posing difficulties in optimizing the end-to-end pallet handling process.

In response, smart warehouses are unlocking the next level of intelligence by tapping into the vast data streams created within their own private 5G network and operations, and those of their suppliers/partners. This connectivity is key to addressing critical challenges, such as optimizing workers, storage capacity, and operational costs, as well as managing unforeseen seasonal demands and supply chain issues in real time. Through continuous data and video collection and the application of AI/ML, warehouses can enhance asset tracking, predict maintenance needs, and create digital twins for effective visualization and planning.

Use cases

Predictive maintenance

Continuous monitoring of assets and equipment helps anticipate failures before they occur through data analytics and machine learning, thereby minimizing downtime.

Precise indoor positioning

Through Ericsson private 5G networks, precise indoor positioning of devices is possible, which enables a variety of use cases such as location and increased efficiency of the autonomous fleet. Safety measures can also be met by being able to locate devices and people in real-time.

Featured content

Case study | Transforming warehouse operations with Ericsson Private 5G

CJ Logistics, a leading South Korean logistics company, is delivering groundbreaking enhancements and remarkable operational efficiency gains with Ericsson Private 5G. By connecting their wireless operations solely over 5G, CJ Logistics are reaching remarkable efficiency gains.

Blog | 5G positioning: What you need to know

The arrival of 5G delivers new enhanced parameters for positioning accuracy down to the meter, decimeter and centimeter. In this technical overview, we break down the accuracy requirements of emerging 5G use cases and explore the key features of new 3GPP 5G positioning architecture.

Podcast | Enabling smarter warehouses for your smart factory

In this podcast, SME Media senior editor Steve Plumb talks with Per Treven, director of business development-manufacturing for Ericsson, about the importance of warehouse digitalization as part of your smart factory strategy.

Feature article | Ericsson Private 5G, together with Kollmorgen’s NDC Solutions Platform

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Blog | Logistic challenges and the impact of a pandemic

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Blog | How Machine Learning-powered Demand Forecasting can boost customer satisfaction?

What is machine learning powered demand forecasting and how can it help businesses to predict more accurately where customer demand is headed and how much material is needed?

Report | Pre-emptive logistics – the road ahead

Digitalization activities are transforming enterprises and industries around the globe. The logistics industry is no exception. This report takes a closer look at the future of logistics and explores the viability of pre-emptive logistics.

Blog | Defining the business value of Industrial 5G

How can 5G truly bring value to an industrial business? That’s what Digital Catapult and Ericsson aimed to answer in the creation of the Industrial 5G Accelerator programme. Here, we explain what happened when the partners worked with two leaders in the manufacturing and logistics sectors.

Blog | COVID-19 is accelerating the digitalization of industry

Industries are not immune to COVID-19 as it impacts the way they do business and pushes them forward towards digitalization, rather sooner than later. Cellular connectivity and a path to 5G can put them on a fast track to meet the demands of the new normal.

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for secure, reliable Wireless LAN coverage for key applications.

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