Let’s Expect Unexpected 2019: Smart Transformation and Intelligent Warehouse Logistics


Let´s Expect Unexpected 2019 Prague

What impact has growing digitalization had on enterprises and logistics? How are warehouse and logistics processes changing? In the near future, what challenges will enterprises and distribution centers face?

Smart digital transformation progresses

With the continued and steady growth of digitalization, enterprises are increasingly adopting new technologies. Big enterprises are embracing emerging techs ten times as much as small businesses. By the year 2020, 86% of enterprises with more than five thousand employees plan to adopt Internet of Things (IoT) tools, 64% plan to deploy artificial intelligence (AI), while 56% set their sights on blockchain-enabled technology.

According to a survey on American manufacturers of industrial and consumer products, 48% of them were in “the early stages of smart factory transition.” The World Economic Forum identified world-leading smart factories and concluded that Europe “remains a powerhouse when it comes to applying advanced technology to manufacturing.” This goes to show that enterprises should exploit large-scale digitalization and automation solutions, instead of pilot projects.

                                                                 Let´s Expect Unexpected 2019 ANASOFT Let´s Expect Unexpected 2019 Michal Hrabovec

Logistics, be it in manufacturing enterprises or distribution centers, is a part of smart digital transformation. Small and medium enterprises are fast scaling up their warehouse management systems (WMS) transitioning to automated type of warehouse management.

Current market trends and developments and consumer buying behavior suggest enterprises have already begun implementing the next generation of WMS, Warehouse Execution System. WES has more functionalities than WMS, especially where integration with other enterprise and control systems are concerned. The implementation strategies of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming more and more common in warehouse logistics as well.


Let´s Expect Unexpected 2019 Programme Prague

Let’s Expect Unexpected—a series of conferences on emerging technologies and their disruptive impact on established processes—continues with another meeting on September 12th in Prague, Czech Republic, titled Manufacturing Future and Exponential Technologies. The conference’s talking point will be on Smart Industry, additive production, predictive maintenance, collaborative robots, and intelligent warehouses and transportation systems.

At the inaugural Let’s Expect Unexpected conference, titled Exponential World and Singularity, the president of ANASOFT, Michal Hrabovec hosted a masterclass discussing automation trends and deployment and the adoption of disruptive technologies in industrial and logistics environment. 

And ANASOFT will be represented by Smart Industry solution designer Peter Bílik at the upcoming Let’s Expect Unexpected conference. He will talk about the impact the intelligent industry, along with its technologies and principles, has on logistics and digitalization processes and the automation of warehouse processes.

                                Smart Industry solution designer Peter Bílik

More to the point, ANASOFT’s lecture will center around the consequences of increasing digital transformation and new-tech adoption:

  • How the adoption of digital transformation is shaping enterprises to the detriment of established warehousing processes, such as extended WMS and WES,
  • Areas that will prove key in managing autonomous warehouses and supply chain in the near future.

Drawing on his extensive experience in supply chain and logistics, together with digitalization and automation of warehouses and manufacturing processes, Peter Bílik will also reveal how enterprises can gear up for the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, following the expansion of Smart Industry (Industry 4.0).




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