Thyssenkrupp creates AI bot to optimize supply chain

“alfred” supports his colleagues by dynamically managing the global logistics network with 271 warehouse sites and more than 150,000 products and services.
Updated 17 June 2019

Thyssenkrupp creates AI bot to optimize supply chain

Thyssenkrupp Materials Services’ Microsoft-supported AI solution “alfred” has been integrated into the processes of the materials distribution and services provider.
“alfred” supports his colleagues by dynamically managing the global logistics network with 271 warehouse sites and more than 150,000 products and services.
As with his namesake — Alfred Krupp — “alfred” will help to optimize transport routes and thus save in the transport of thousands of tons of material per year.
In addition, materials will be available more quickly at the right locations in the future.
Klaus Keysberg, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Materials Services, said: “Artificial intelligence is one of the technologies that will make a decisive contribution to competitiveness in materials distribution in the future. With ‘alfred,’ we are taking an important step toward making our processes even more efficient and optimizing our value chain. At the same time, he gives us better insight into our customers’ needs so that we can align our offerings accordingly. In the medium term, this holistic approach will also open up new business opportunities for us.”


200 interiors brands join INDEX Saudi in Riyadh

Updated 29 January 2020

200 interiors brands join INDEX Saudi in Riyadh

INDEX Saudi, an interior design and fit-out trade exhibition, will take place from Feb. 3 to 5 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. The event caters to the demands of ongoing construction projects along with megaprojects including the Red Sea Development Project and the King Abdullah Economic City, among others, by bringing more than 200 international and local interiors and fit-out brands to Riyadh from across 20 countries.

Saudi Arabia is home to the Middle East’s largest construction market, making it the region’s largest interior design and fit-out buyer, with an interior market value of $3.5 billion. 

INDEX Saudi serves as a sourcing platform for Saudi Arabia’s buyers who demand quality interior products and services including furniture, lighting, décor, accessories, kitchen and bathroom products, textiles, flooring and surfaces, marble, stone, ceramics among others, for the hospitality, commercial, residential and retail sectors. 

The event will connect interior suppliers and manufacturers with interior designers, architects, project managers and procurement professionals who are actively involved in the thousands of fit-out projects across the Kingdom. 

“We’re very excited about the February edition of the event because it provides the perfect opportunity to source the most comprehensive category mix of products and services whilst staying updated with the latest design trends. It is the only platform for Saudi-based interior professionals to access products and services directly from more than 200 local and international suppliers,” said Jaafar Shubber, event director for INDEX Saudi.