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We think ahead, develop visions and take a bold approach to implementing them with innovative solutions. These are the principles that have defined development at the Ehrhardt + Partner Group (EPG) for 30 years. From the start, the focus has been on finding a comprehensive solution for logistics. Over the years, LFS has therefore evolved from a simple warehouse management system to a comprehensive Supply Chain Execution System (SES). Today, more than 1000 customers from all industries rely on the expertise of the international Group. Cause for celebration - but also an incentive not to rest on our laurels.
What started out as a pioneering developer of warehouse management software is now, 30 years later, an international Group with more 500 employees around the world. EPG has seen growth take off in recent years in particular, primarily because of the speed dictated by the logistics market. "Our continuing success is very clearly based on our strategy, which we have consistently pursued since the company was founded: observe the market, set trends early and respond to increasingly challenging customer requirements with new technologies and innovative solutions," says Marco Ehrhardt, summing up 30 years of company history. Since 1997, he has been Managing Partner of EPG and a key driving force behind the strategic growth in recent years. Positioning the company correctly on the market and a corporate philosophy focused on customers and customers' requirements paved the way for the rapid rise, giving EPG a decisive lead over the competition. Marco also points out a few other competitive advantages for EPG: "We have developed a dense network with our subsidiaries and partners around the world. We understand the requirements for efficient logistics. And we supply intelligent solutions to companies all around the world".
Very first customers behind success
What started with developing good warehouse management software has become a complete solution for logistics, as EPG responded to the needs of a range of industries and quickly attracted the first potential customers. Seeberger was one of the very first and has been relying on EPG's expertise in logistics to this day - from consulting through planning and implementation to support and aftersales service. All based on our LFS warehouse management system. Over time, the E+P Group has added more solutions to its product portfolio too. These include the LFS.mfc material flow controller to control and monitor automated storage units and the LFS.tms dynamic tour planning system. EPG is also your first point of call when it comes to warehouse hardware and IT infrastructure. The E+P Group is now a full-service provider for logistics and delivers intelligent solutions for the supply chain. Ehrhardt + Partner Consulting (EPC) now brings independent logistics consulting to the Group as well.
With an eye on the future
Ever greater networking and automation of warehouse systems, the digitization of logistics process and the ever greater complexity throughout the value-added chain create challenges that companies face every day across all industries. Logistics 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and the Cloud have been well established at EPG for years. The Group will continue to drive forward development in logistics in future too. EPG is already working on cognitive solutions, for example. These cognitive, self-learning systems will recommend actions for employees, based on predictive analytics and existing patterns. "Our complete solution for logistics meets future requirements right now", says Marco Ehrhardt. "We are thoroughly prepared for a networked and digitized future and plan to continue developing logistics and making logistics even smarter for the next 30 years."