Executive Seminar: Supply Chain 4.0




Leveraging digital opportunities for advancing logistics and supply chain management

Date: April 23 – 24, 2018 | Language of instruction: German

Target Group: 

  • Group/team leaders
  • Department heads
  • Division heads

Program Duration: 2 days

Method: Interactive lectures, case studies and group work

Academic Director: Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg

Seminar fees and registration deadline:

  • 1.490 € (plus VAT)
  • 1.250 € (plus VAT); for registrations until February 20, 2018
  • Registration deadline April 16, 2018


Day 1

Slot 1 - From Industry 4.0 to “Supply Chain 4.0”

  • What is the fourth industrial revolution? 
  • Germany’s approach to Industry 4.0 
  • Impact of Industry 4.0 on logistics and SCM: “Supply Chain 4.0”
  • Overview of disruptive technologies that will enable “Supply Chain 4.0”
  • “Supply Chain 4.0” value drivers: cost reduction vs. revenue generation

Slot 2 - Managing end-to-end supply chains using control towers

  • Real-time visibility along the supply chain
  • Data integration via cloud services 
  • Opportunities using real time data: integrated inventory, production and distribution planning
  • Case study: control towers in action

Slot 3 - Supply chain analytics leveraging (big) data

  • Data sources to be used for supply chain analytics: from ERP to social network data
  • Landscape of analytics opportunities along the supply chain 
  • Embedding data scientists in the supply chain team
  • Case study: Improving warehouse planning and logistics via weather forecasts 

Slot 4 - The potential of smart devices in supply chains

  • Smart products and smart devices that connect in the Internet of Things
  • Gathering and sharing data using identifiers, sensors or cameras
  • Smart device opportunities along the supply chain: from supplier-delivery to point of consumption 
  • Case study: Potential for smart devices in the supply chain of an FMCG manufacturer

Day 2

Slot 5 - Technologies for optimizing physical logistics 

  • New technology for improving warehousing: From Kiva robots to smart glasses
  • New technology for improving transportation: From driverless trucks to drone delivery
  • What is fact? What is fiction? 
  • Digitalizing the field 

Slot 6 - Operating models for the digital supply chains 

  • Learning from disruptive innovations in other industries
  • Digital manufacturing: Threats and opportunities for logistics service providers
  • Business models in additive manufacturing and 3D printing
  • Collaborative and cloud-based business models
  • Asset-light business models along the supply chain

Slot 7 - Customer journeys along “Supply Chain 4.0”

  • Understanding customer requirements 
  • Communicating what supply chain can do to boost customer satisfaction
  • Defining customer experience visions for setting up the right digital supply chains

Slot 8 - Managing the “Supply Chain 4.0” transformation 

  • Guidelines for trade-offs in implementation
  • Timing: When is early too early and late too late?
  • Communicating new processes in the company and the supply chain


Logistics and supply chain managers have always used the latest technologies to boost their company’s competitive advantage. Today’s new disruptive technologies will fundamentally change the way supply chains operate in the near future. Intelligent and connected supply chains can take advantage of the new opportunities and drive new levels of efficiency on the one hand. On the other hand, new business models that can increase revenues and attract new customers will emerge. In this two-day course, we will shed light on the potential of “Supply Chain 4.0” – the coming revolution in supply chain management. The course will provide in-depth insights into new technologies such as analytics, control towers and smart devices that will affect our supply chains. The participants will use case studies, short videos, and hands-on discussions to learn about the technologies’ impact on logistics and supply chains. In addition, we will review implementation approaches and challenges. The course is aimed at logistics and supply chain managers in the logistics, manufacturing and retailing sectors.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits for your Company

KLU‘s Executive Seminar introduces participants to the most important themes of digitalization in the field of logistics and supply chain management. The participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of how they can select the right technologies for their companies’ logistics and supply chain processes. 

Participants develop a comprehensive understanding of logistics and supply chain processes.