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More than 12,000 employees, globally active and passionate about innovation — that is the way to achieve both market and technological leadership. We are Körber. Presenting our Group.

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We are Körber

Körber is a leading international technology group that has more than 12,000 employees at over 100 locations worldwide. We are the home for entrepreneurs — we turn entrepreneurial thinking into customers success. Körber AG manages the Group and its four Business Areas: Digital, Pharma, Supply Chain and Technologies.

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The Körber Insights shows the entire spectrum of the Körber world: We give our view of exciting developments and trends, as well as innovations and technologies. We also highlight personalities who drive Körber forward every day with their entrepreneurial spirit and new ideas.

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Wanted: team players. The know-how, creativity, and dedication of our employees have made us a successful technology company in Germany and worldwide. Now we want to shape the future — with you! We offer exciting positions for experts, young professionals, university students, and high school students.

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"Modern leadership culture has a performance-enhancing effect"

A working climate that promotes innovation, diversity, and the courage to tell uncomfortable truths is more central than ever to a company's success today. In an interview, Gabriele Fanta, Head of Group Human Resources, explains how the new leadership principles at Körber specifically strengthen fruitful collaboration in everyday working life.

What comes after traineeship, Max?

Experience report: After graduating in mechatronics and mechanical engineering, Max Döring became a trainee at Körber. Today, he is Technical Product Manager at our Körber Business Area Pharma.

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Joint future-proof activities are the foundation of sustainable procurement. Körber, as a globally leading technology group, therefore places great value on the optimal purchasing of materials and services.

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Inspiring the future - how Körber is driving tomorrow's technology solutions

What products will we be using tomorrow? Körber attempts to answer this question with the Future Induced Innovation (FI²) method. The Group uses today's identifiable megatrends to develop a model that makes the complex changes in the world understandable - and thus drives the development of its technology solutions with a targeted approach.

The year is 2040, and Joe lives in Hamburg, Germany, with Laura, his digital assistant. She orders groceries, books theater tickets, arranges travel, and has an answer for just about everything. With the help of a "vitality suit" that measures all of Joe's vital functions via sensors under his clothing, she also monitors his health. Laura also protects the digital privacy of Joe, who prefers to pay for all the conveniences of his connected world with his money rather than his data.

In Nusantara, Indonesia's seat of government in 2040, privacy is not so far away: when young Anissa moved into the AI-controlled "Bao" apartment complex, she signed over all data collected in the building to the management for free. The fact that autonomous e-taxis have replaced private cars everywhere in Nusantara is one of the things Anissa likes about her city. Instead of parking lots, there are parks, hardly any traffic noise, and clean air.

Joe and Anissa are fictional characters from the year 2040 and serve Körber as a projection for the way of life in the future.

What will the world look like, 20 years from now?

Joe and Anissa do not exist. They were invented by Körber's Technology Innovation Team, led by Jürgen Dick. Dick's team looks into the distant future to make valid predictions for the near future: How will we live, dwell and work? How will we get around? How will we interact as individuals and as economic nations? How are lifestyles, behaviors, and business models changing? And what will all this mean for the quality of our lives and our health?

lWe try to put ourselves in the time from 2040 to 2050 and consider what products, goods, and commodities will then be needed and produced by our customers.r

Jürgen Dick, Head of Group Technology Innovation at Körber

To do this, the team uses Future Induced Innovation (FI²), a method that looks at least two decades into the future to describe as realistically as possible which issues will affect our everyday lives and in what ways. "We are currently trying to place ourselves in the period from 2040 to 2050," says Jürgen Dick. "The two characters Joe and Anissa, for example, perfectly illustrate what our lives might look like in the future.

Product development based on futurology

As a global technology group with market-leading positions in numerous sectors, Körber wants to help shape this future - especially in the four Business Areas in which the company is active: Digital, Pharma, Supply Chain and Technologies. This requires more than just foresight. "For us, it's crucial to identify technological solutions trends that will benefit customers so that we can derive concrete applications that do not yet exist on the market in this form," says Jürgen Dick. "Then there is the question of what products, goods, and commodities our customers in the various industries will need in the future. And: what a company like Körber has to do today to meet its customers' needs and requirements in 20 years."

Scenarios like Joe and Anissa's help. They are based on research into the influences of megatrends, which describe highly complex dynamics of change. They draw on research from universities, futurologists, and renowned consulting firms. But they are also based on the analysis of developments and changes that are already happening elsewhere. For that, broadening one's horizons and looking at the world from perspectives other than one's own is essential. Or as Jürgen Dick puts it: "If you only ever look at the sky through your own window, you won't know whether the sun is already shining somewhere else, or whether dark clouds are already gathering over the horizon."

So, Anissa is set in Indonesia for a reason. The current capital, Jakarta, is subsiding by 20 centimeters a year. By the middle of the century, the entire northern part of the metropolis could be flooded. That's why Nusantara, a futuristic smart city where nature meets hi-tech, is under construction on the island of Borneo. "This scenario illustrates the impact of digital and technological disruption, but also the impact of other megatrends such as urbanization, neo-ecology, health, or demographic and geographic change," says Dick.

 

lAs a technology leader, we always try to be one step ahead. That's why it's so important to focus on future issues away from our daily operations.r

Erich Hoch, COO/CTO at Körber

Jürgen Dick's team is part of the strategy department of Erich Hoch, a member of the Körber Executive Board and the COO and CTO of the technology group. Körber relies on the strategy of what it calls "control point technology": patented technological solutions that become standard at key points in the value-added process so that current and future customers cannot do without them. "We claim to lead the market by leading the technology," says Erich Hoch. "We want to continue to live up to this standard in the future." Staying ahead of the curve is crucial to being the first choice for customers in the long run. "Therefore, it's crucial that aside from the daily business, we look closely at future issues and come up with suitable solutions."

Ultimately, it is the individual Business Areas that apply the FI² method. However, the Technology Innovation team provides the decisive strategic impetus. In the form of presentations, workshops, or other formats, employees from all disciplines and hierarchical levels can exchange ideas across the Körber Group. Employees can even set up cross-national and cross-divisional think tanks and exchange groups on specific topics. The collected information and findings are available to all employees as downloads in Körber's own Expert Net. It is also used to broadcast and post live events and video recordings.

Workshop with managers: The Future Induced Innovation (FI²) method propagates in particular the change of perspective from inside-out to outside-in.

Understanding societies to understand markets

Although Körber operates in the B2B segment, FI² is based on observing end consumers, which ultimately means all of us. After all, if you want to understand how markets work, you have to understand what makes society tick, according to Dick: "We're interested in how people will use future products from companies that buy our machines and solutions," Dick says. "Based on this, we predict what our customers will want us to do in the future.

For product managers and developers, that means staying on top of cultural and political shifts, societal trends, and technological disruptions. In pharmaceuticals, for example, one dramatic disruption is research into vaccines delivered as capsules or coated tablets. Jürgen Dick explains: "Until now, many regions of the world have had little or no access to liquid vaccines because the cold chain cannot be maintained." On the one hand, this would mean a massive increase in the market for solid vaccines. On the other hand, the demand for packaging equipment for liquid vaccines would decrease.

Ultimately, two factors are decisive for such future-oriented developments: the strength of a trend and the speed with which it takes hold. Recognizing both in good time and acting accordingly is very much in the spirit of Kurt A. Körber, the founder of the Körber Group. For him, it was not about being the first to market with something new but the first to do so at the right time.

You, too, can meet Joe and Anissa virtually in the Körber Xperience.  

Insights shows the entire spectrum of Körber, what we do and how we do it: We give our view of exciting developments and trends, as well as innovations and technologies. We also highlight personalities who drive Körber forward every day with their entrepreneurial spirit and new ideas - always to the benefit of our customers. In this section, you’ll find inspiring content concerning our topic Tech.

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Pioneering information security with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) provides hackers with new ways to attack organizations. But it also opens up opportunities for companies to better protect themselves against these attacks. Körber is, therefore, investing in AI and advising its customers to follow suit.

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Tech

Collaboration is key – the power of B2B ecosystems

At a time when new technologies and business models are rapidly entering the market, complexity increases. Interconnected solutions will allow us to realize our full potential in creating customer value.

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Tech

Inspiring the future - how Körber is driving tomorrow's technology solutions

What products will we be using tomorrow? Körber attempts to answer this question with the Future Induced Innovation (FI²) method.

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Tech

UCS – Conductor in the warehouse

With its Unified Control System (UCS), Körber introduces an unprecedented software solution for bundling and orchestrating multiple warehouse technologies.

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People, Tech

“What a fantastic joint opportunity!“

Lars Hornung and Wiek de Winter are part of the team that has developed a joint product offering for the Business Areas Pharma and Supply Chain.

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