17th logistics congress SLOVLOG, November 28–29, 2024


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23. 11. 2023
24. 11. 2023
8:00 – 9:00

Registration of participants

9:00 – 12:30

Joint morning program

Opening words

Jindřich Kadeřávek, Element Logic
Miroslav Vajda, Jungheinrich
Péter Vörös, HOPI SK
Tatiana Koššová, ATOZ Group
Branislav Jendek, 108 Agency
Jeffrey Osterroth, ATOZ Group

A clash of intellects: The battle between artificial intelligence and human beings

This discussion duel will focus on the interaction and impacts that the rapid development of artificial intelligence has on our societies and human identity.

We will look at the ethical issues surrounding the application of AI in various areas of our lives, including the workplace, healthcare, the arts, and more. We will provide examples of how AI is changing industry, services and research, as well as situations where human creativity, empathy and pattern recognition are still indispensable skills. Various perspectives on the future of this relationship between artificial intelligence and human beings will be discussed. The goal is to stimulate reflection on how we can effectively integrate the growing influence of artificial intelligence into our lives and society without losing important aspects of human intellect and human connection.

Martin Spano, Computer Scientist and Futurist
Tatiana Koššová, ATOZ Group

Leveraging Digitalization and AI for Lenovo’s Global Supply Chain Excellence

In this presentation, we will delve into the dynamic world of Lenovo’s Global Supply Chain. Lenovo is ranked as #1 PC producer in the world, same as in EMEA.
Lenovo is embarking on a visionary journey with plans to invest an additional 1 billion USD over the next three years in AI. This substantial investment is set to expedite AI deployment across the global business landscape, with a sharp focus on AI devices, infrastructure, and innovative solutions.

Within Global logistics department, Lenovo acknowledges that Digitalization serves as a fundamental pillar on which it establishes their AI capabilities. You will hear about successfully implemented Robotic Process Automation to streamline operations, Artificial Forecasting system that has revolutionized Lenovo capacity management and Network resilience tools that became key for daily operations.

Lenovo is continually exploring new opportunities in the realm of logistics. From Digital Twin technology, providing a real-time mirror of their operations, to Big Data Warehousing, empowering us to make data-driven decisions like never before, Lenovo is at the forefront of innovation. Discover how Lenovo is shaping the industry, fostering efficiency, and redefining the future of supply chain management.

Ivana Baňáková, Lenovo Slovakia
10:45 – 11:15

Morning coffee break

Panel discussion: Challenges and synergies: human versus artificial intelligence in the context of HR

Adapting automation and AI requires several key factors, primarily education and training. Is Slovakia ready to invest in education and training of the workforce to ensure a sufficient number of qualified workers who will be able to work with automated systems and technologies? The adaptation of automation in logistics may not lead to job losses, but may rather shift the emphasis to higher skill levels, increasing productivity and creating new job opportunities in areas such as management, data analysis and technology implementation. how changes in technology and automation are affecting the logistics workforce and what the relationship between humans and AI is in this field. Considering the growing role of AI in logistics, it is necessary to invest in the training of workers. People must acquire new skills and knowledge in the field of technology, data processing, management of AI systems and use of their potential in logistics operations.

The moderator of the panel discussion will be Ivana Molnárová, CEO of Alyra, former CEO of Profesia.

Ivana Budinská, Institute of Informatics, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Martin Zahradnik, Dedoles
Ivana Molnárová, CEO Alyra, former CEO Profesia
Veronika Bezáková,
Péter Vörös, HOPI SK
Ivan Pastier, CTP Slovakia
12:15 – 13:40

Lunch & BizLOG

13:40 - 16:00

Transport and forwarding

Situation on the Slovak market

The performance in freight and passenger road transport is decreasing, the size of Slovak fleets is shrinking. Why do we see these negative trends? What short-term and what long-term measures and steps need to be taken to improve the situation of Slovak carriers. What are the possible solutions to the driver shortage in Slovakia? What will cause a push for low emission freight transport and how to move forward on the issue of greening fleets. Is there an alternative to Brussels’ ambitious plans to introduce new technologies? Digitisation and automation in transport is both an opportunity and a risk. On the one hand, there is the opportunity to enhance safety, speed up financial flows and better supervise market compliance; on the other hand, there is the risk of disproportionate state intervention and the impact on competitiveness of unequal treatment between states.

Pavol Piešťanský, ČESMAD Slovakia

Navigation to the savings of innovation in last mile delivery

The company HORTI is an important actor in the field of import, packaging and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables on the market. In addition, she also maintained a permanent interest in her own production of fermented cabbage through the cultivation of head cabbage. It is committed to quality and innovation in its industry and is proud to contribute to improving the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables for both businesses and end consumers. The presentation will reveal how the HORTI company successfully uses modern technologies and optimization of delivery to increase its competitiveness and achieve significant savings in transport costs.

Martin Godora, HORTI
Viktor Balog, Rinkai

The use and development of collaborative technology in copacking

At the beginning of 2022, HOPI Holding launched a project for progressive automation in copacking services using collaborative robots with different capacities and reach. After the first two successful implementations in Klášterec and Strančice, HOPI Holding was approached by partner AD Fine Dine to conduct a study to optimize their current process using collaborative technology. We will learn about the challenges encountered when first implementing these technologies, the impact on existing processes and other future opportunities.

Martin Košč, HOPI Holding
Jan Škoda, AD FineDine

Panel discussion: Transport and forwarding

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to change the way transport is organized and managed. AI enables the development of autonomous vehicles that are able to drive and navigate independently. Autonomous vehicles, predictive maintenance,

traffic management and personalized traffic services. We cannot avoid the hot topic of alternative fuels either. We will compare the advantages and disadvantages of electric cars, hydrogen propulsion, biofuels, all with an emphasis on the need to build infrastructure. In this section, we will also focus on the limitations and threats facing transport and forwarding and how to handle this situation.

What to do when there are no drivers? How to respond to rising shipping costs? How to optimally work with carriers? Is own or external transport better? How to transport goods through a world with more and more obstacles?

Vladimír Maťo, editor-in-chief of the magazine Systémy Logistiky, will be the moderator of the panel discussion.

Jozef Holota, AGRANA Beteiligungs AG, Slovenské cukrovary
Kamil Ďuračka, PTV Logistics
Petra Janšíková, C&T
Tomáš Panenka, ROHLIG SUUS Logistics CZ+SK
Vladimír Maťo, ATOZ Group
13:40 - 16:00

Storage and development

Use of 2D codes in traceability and logistics processes

A 2D code is a two-dimensional code with the ability to store additional information beyond the basic product identification currently implemented by EAN codes. The use of additional data in 2D codes can be a key tool for solving many business problems and achieving the benefits that 2D codes bring to all stakeholders.

2D codes also allow various additional data to be encoded about the product or the logistic packaging. This is particularly important in the food or healthcare industry, where traceability is a necessity, especially in the event of product recalls and distribution. 2D codes also help to optimise warehousing processes and reduce the risk of handling errors.

The presentation focuses on the use of GS1 standards in logistics and traceability through 2D codes at PRETOLOG. We will show how efficiently 2D codes can be used to mark a product, a group pack or a single pallet and how this impacts the automation of the entire process.

Ladislav Funtík, PRETOLOG
Peter Kolarovszki, GS1 Slovakia

How can Li-ion technology help meet the sustainability strategy? A case study from the DHL GoGreen strategy

Meeting the Sustainable Growth Goals presents a number of challenges. How can the deployment of advanced Li-Ion technology, unique POWERLiNE Zero Emission certified products and the promotion of sustainable growth and environmental responsibility in strategic partnership with a material handling equipment supplier help to meet these challenging goals?

Ivan Kozmon, DHL Supply Chain Slovakia
Pavol Weisenpacher, Jungheinrich

Revolutionary innovation – implementation of automated sorting robots

Packeta is a digital e-commerce platform that sets trends in logistics. It was created with the aim of simplifying the transport of goods to customers by e-shops. Today, it provides solutions for the transport of shipments all over the world. The credo of Packeta is to quickly and conveniently highlight the principles without waiting. This is made possible not only by a wide network of expenditure places, but also by the technology used in the processing of individual devices. In 2022, Packeta implemented sorting solutions in the form of automated, independently moving sorting robots on an area of 2 x 10,000m² at its distribution centers in Prague Štěrboholy and Prague Rudná. Our bale sorting robot is a revolutionary innovation that saves manpower and time. The robot can carry a package of up to 15 kg and in one 10-minute charge it sorts and distributes shipments continuously for up to 2 hours. V porovnaní s předdchádzajúcim modelom, kde zášielky triedili ľudia, roboty dodokáže spracovať až dvojnásobok zásielok za hodin. This resulted in a significant increase in efficiency. For the success of this solution, we plan to implement it in other depots in Slovakia.

Adam Horzenberger, Packeta
Ivan Moderdovský, PRINTEC Slovakia

Moving the customer within the logistics park while maintaining smooth operations

dm drogerie markt is an important international retailer of drugstores and cosmetics, and at the same time a long-term customer of the developer Prologis. VPrologis Park Bratislava has been located since 2009, when it rented 10,000 square meters of storage space. Since then, Prologis has gradually made available approximately 18,000 square meters in two buildings for dm drogerie markt. However, the situation in the field of storage, logistics and retail has changed dramatically, and the customer needed new premises that correspond to its leading position in the market. Therefore, in 2022, Prologis built a new custom building for dm drogerie markt with an area of ​​30,000 square meters, including 3,000 square meters of office space. The hall was designed and constructed according to the specific needs of the customer with a special focus on temperature regulation. When moving to a new warehouse, which is ready for the implementation of complex automation solutions, Prologis provided the customer with full cooperation so that the entire process did not affect its logistics operations.

Jakub Randa, Prologis
Miroslav Klena, dm drogerie markt Slovensko

Panel discussion: Storage and development

The section will offer insight into the industrial real estate market. How has the lack of storage space affected rents and the services offered by building owners? Will more or fewer warehouses be built? Which locations are currently the most interesting? The future of storage and development brings many innovations and trends that are transforming the way storage spaces are designed, managed and used. Aspects that affect the future of storage and development are automation and robotics, IoT and sensors, cloud storage, or intelligent warehouse systems. Last but not least is the use of energy-saving technologies, recycling of materials, minimization of waste and use of renewable energy sources. These trends and innovations in storage and development lead to increased efficiency, flexibility, accuracy and sustainability. Their use enables the optimization of storage operations, better inventory management and improvement of the overall performance of the supply chain.

The moderator of the panel discussion will be Patrícia Jakešová.

Martin Poláček, Muziker
Jindřich Kadeřávek, Element Logic
Helena Lišková, Dr. Max Holding
Alexandra Gačevičová, BHM Group
Patricia Jakešová
Branislav Jendek, 108 Agency
13:40 - 16:00

Human Resources

Artificial intelligence as a human resources partner

In the afternoon session for human resources managers from logistics and transport, we will discuss current topics in the logistics labour market. How will companies withstand the upward pressure on wages due to high inflation? How are automation and digitalisation affecting work in logistics? Artificial intelligence brings many benefits to logistics and transport and is an integral part of logistics and transport in the 21st century. In this roundtable, we will discuss how to adapt to this change, what are the challenges and opportunities that artificial intelligence brings, and what are the best examples and best practices from practice. The moderator will be Roman Molek from TRANSEARCH International.

Roman Molek, Transearch International
16:00 – 16:30

Afternoon coffee break

16:30 - 18:00

Joint afternoon program

Economic development and current challenges

Economic activity slowed down after the outbreak of the military invasion in Ukraine, and we have even seen a recession in our European partners. In contrast, Slovakia’s economy has grown and unemployment has fallen near historic lows. Is Slovakia still at risk of recession? Will Slovak employers have enough manpower and what impact can the inevitable consolidation of the high deficit have?

Matej Horňák, Slovenská sporiteľňa

The economics of logistics: between innovation and efficiency

The panel discussion on efficiency, innovation and the future of supply chains focuses on key issues related to logistics in an economic context. What are the current challenges and trends in supply chains? What impact do modern technologies, green logistics, e-commerce and globalisation have on supply chain strategy? What is the role of data analytics and artificial intelligence in the optimization of warehousing, transportation and distribution of goods? From an economic perspective, do investments in automation and robotics always have only a positive sign? Strategies and measures that companies can take to reduce logistics costs and minimize the negative impact on price stability will also be discussed.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Matej Horňák, macroeconomic analyst at Slovenska Sporiteľna.

Tadeáš Kos, FM Logistic
Matej Horňák, Slovenská sporiteľňa
Gabriela Nastišinová, BILLA
Patrik Křižanský, Slovak Electric Vehicle Association
Erik Ivaničko, Panattoni
Jakub Pelikán, Mountpark
Marián Jančík, Jungheinrich
18:00 – 23:00

Evening program

Logistics Business Mixer

After the end of the conference program, the Logistics Business Mixer, a popular highlight of the congress day, awaits professionals. It is the ideal place to establish new business contacts or strengthen existing ones. The participants of the congress can look forward to a beer tasting from the Plzeňský Prazdroj company, but also to mixed drinks from the Karloff company (Tatra Tea) or great live music.

10:00 – 12:00


Tour of Continental’s new logistics centre in Bernolákov

For the second year in a row, customers from 12 countries in Central and Eastern Europe are supplied with tyres from the distribution centre. More than 600 thousand tyres are stored on an area of almost 60 thousand square metres. Continental has built a new distribution centre in Bernolákov near Bratislava due to its convenient location directly next to the D1 motorway.

More than 60 trucks can be served daily on 56 loading and unloading ramps. As a result, more than 30 thousand tyres from the Continental range can be dispatched from the warehouse daily. Continental is one of the technological leaders in tyre production and offers a wide range of products for cars, trucks and single-track vehicles from Continental, Uniroyal, Semperit, Barum, Matador, General Tire and other brands. At the same time, the company’s product portfolio also includes tyres for industrial and agricultural applications. The Slovak Republic is represented by production plants in Púchov, Zvolen and Dolné Vestenice.

The excursion will be led by Miroslav Mituník, Team Lead, Regional Inventory & Logistics RDC Bratislava / SCM HUB Púchov

Visit details: 

  • Visiting time is 10:00 – 12:00
  • Group max 20 persons
  • The group will have a professional interpretation in Slovak language
  • Work boots and vests a requirement, helmets will be provided
  • Own transport, arrival approx. 10 minutes before the start – map will be published
  • Parking directly at the warehouse
  • No photography or video recording is allowed during the visit to the warehouse
  • Participants of the visit are kindly asked to hand in their mobile phones at the entrance to the warehouse in a special box, which will be returned to them at the end of the tour.

Miroslav Mituník, Continental Tires

NAY Central Warehouse Tour: AutoStore – Internet Ordering Department

Element Logic implemented an automated warehouse solution for electronics retailer Nay. It used the proven AutoStore system, the deployment of which brought the Nay Group up to four times savings in warehouse space and also increased the speed of order picking and store replenishment.

The technology for automating Nay’s central warehouse in Slovakia was provided by the Czech branch of Norwegian Element Logic, a supplier of AutoStore automated warehouse solutions.

The 30,000 m² warehouse is located in Prologis Park in Senec, near Bratislava, and supplies Nay’s customers and stores in Slovakia and Electro World stores in the Czech Republic. The automated small parts warehouse solution is complemented by robotic picking.

In the initial phase, Nay has so far decided to invest millions of euros in the automated sub-unit solution project. The AutoStore initially has 20,000 bins (storage bins) on an area of 600 m², which can store up to over 30,000 SKUs (stock keeping units).

With the help of 26 robots and 4 universal carousel ports, work efficiency is increased up to threefold.

The excursion will be led by Vladimír Krasický and Zoltán Süll.

Visit details:

      • Visiting time is 10:00 – 12:00
      • Group max 15 persons
      • The group will have a professional interpretation in Slovak language
      • Work boots and vests a requirement
      • Own transport, arrival approx. 10 minutes before the start – map will be published
      • Arrival:

      • Parking

Zoltán Süll, NAY
Vladislav Krasický, Nay

Excursion to the dm drogerie markt central warehouse in Senec

The 33,458 m² dm drogerie markt central warehouse was opened in 2022. It is located in the Prologis logistics park in Senec. The new warehouse has almost twice as much storage space as the old central warehouse in Senec. The advantage of the logistics park in Senec is its excellent strategic location in the immediate vicinity of the most important transport artery of the Slovak Republic – the D1 motorway, thus enabling it to conveniently supply goods to the ever-increasing number of branches throughout the country.

The new central warehouse is a large single-storey hall, which is designed for storage and handling of goods. The warehouse space is furnished with a modern racking system, which is suitably chosen to ensure efficient flow of goods in the warehouse. A new feature in the warehouse is a new conveyor belt and automatic pallet packer, which facilitates manual work while increasing efficiency. In addition, 4 other semi-automatic packaging machines are used to pack goods into pallets for distribution to individual branches. A new charging station with a capacity of 125 trolleys ensures smooth operation of the warehouse automation technology. Up to 65 ramps are available for loading and unloading goods.

There is a monitoring and camera system throughout the warehouse for the protection of people and the building, connected to the security service. A new feature in the warehouse is a new automatic pallet packer, which makes manual work easier and at the same time increases performance.

The excursion will be led by Miroslav Klena, logistics manager.

Visit Details:

  • Visiting time is 10:00 – 12:00
  • Group max 45 persons
  • The group will have a professional interpretation in Slovak language
  • Work boots and vests a requirement
  • Own transport, arrival approx. 10 minutes before the start – map will be published
  • Parking will be available in all marked parking areas around the DC22 warehouse as well as in the marked area in front of the gates

Miroslav Klena, dm drogerie markt Slovensko