The increased complexity of logistics industry sets new operating standards, supported by the processes of industry 4.0

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The fourth industrial revolution is a vital and fast process that involves all the company sectors. Industry 4.0 can not be separated from a logistics 4.0: innovative and digital methods able to better support the processes, both for the internal handling of goods and for delivery to the customer. We must also consider the way the world of goods mobility is changing, with a continuous increase in international and intercontinental flows. A digital logistics, able to optimize the extension of the supply chain and favor industrial innovation is no longer an option, but a necessity.

The extension of the supply chain is a clear phenomenon: starting from 2009, peak of the economic crisis, and until 2017, the import / export of goods grew by 60% for the countries of the European Union, and also by 110 % for the BRIC countries, with a parallel increase in long-haul traffic.

This continuous extension of the logistics chain has multiplied the players involved: road and rail operators, as well as land and sea transporters, to which are added infrastructure managers, shippers, customs authorities, insurance agencies, brokers and so on, up to the authorities involved in the process. The significant increase of the figures involved, generates an increase in the complexity of the supply chain, whith a growth of data exchange as well as their storage.

It is no coincidence that the first and most important push towards the digitalization of the supply chain must guarantee continuous tracking of shipments, in order to achieve satisfactory goals of efficiency and safety. This is why today industries must necessarily turn to innovative management platforms able of organizing data coming from a variety of different systems.

Increasingly, when it comes to logistics 4.0, we end up referring to blockchain technology, which is perhaps the most suitable solution to ensure efficiency in long-range distribution. In a sector where the many operators involved not only have different degrees of digital maturity, but also different and often irreconcilable platforms, where individual authorities set different standards and constraints, the development of open standards is, on balance, the best among the possible perspectives.

The blockchain technology makes it possible to develop a digital register of transactions and flows, a ledger based on a widespread consensus among the various players involved, so as to trace the products and certify their origin in complete safety.

Apart the extension of the supply chain and blockchain, the logistics sector - such as transport - is called to take an important step towards digitalization, to reduce costs, cut waste and reduce delivery costs.

If you want to deepen the topic, you can read the article on the Zucchetti's Digital Company Magazine.

Mago4 Industry 4.0

Mago4 offers you the opportunity to join the tax incentives of Industry Plan 4.0 issued by Italian Government. Here is the Warrant Group compliance statement.

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We have already deepened (also thanks to a specific whitepaper) the project called Industry 4.0 Plan, developed by the Government to support Italian companies in the process of digitalization and robotization of manufacturing systems. In summary, the Plan is a tax break program to provide 140% super-depreciation on the purchase of machinery and 250% hyper-depreciation for technological assets related to Industry 4.0. It is important to point out that 4.0 technology benefits companies of any size: implementing the super-depreciation mechanism, the Government's Industry 4.0 Plan aims at evolving Italian manufacturing.

Industry 4.0 Plan is finding considerable feedback in Italian companies, bringing significant results for technological and digital innovation in our country, yet often we are led to believe that the new Industry 4.0 technologies are addressed primarily to large enterprises. This is not the case: with the new rules, SMEs, as well, can conveniently invest in innovation. Any company can enjoy the benefits that have been put in place, and it is not even necessary that purchases are completed by 2017: the deadline for the delivery of goods admitted to the benefits is extended to 2018, September 30, provided that by the end of 2017 the order has been accepted and paid for at least 20%.

There is more: Industry 4.0 does not mean just machinery. The law also includes 140% depreciation for intangible assets such as software, systems and system integration, platforms and applications related to business processes (note: the software must not be connected to a new device, but if it is used for its operation, it must be considered embedded and as such is equally promoted to 250%).

The range of software covered by the subsidy covers every possible application of the Industry 4.0 model. Here, then, many Zucchetti solutions have been declared compliant to Industry 4.0 Standard and certified by an important research organization in innovative technologies: Warrant Innovation Lab, the technologic spin-off of the renowned Warrant Group, which promotes the technological transfer process in a concrete way and supports industrial innovation. The collaboration with Warrant has clarified the main practical aspects of such measures in relation to the Zucchetti Group solutions.

Following the compliance analysis initiated for the Group's ERP solutions, it was certified that the three Mago4 editions (Professional Lite, Professional and Enterprise) fall under the category "software, systems, platforms and applications for managing and coordinating production with high integration features of service activities, such as internal and external logistics and maintenance (eg intra-factory communication systems, fieldbus, SCADA systems, MES, CMMS, innovative solutions with features related to IoT paradigms and / or cloud computing)", as a stand-alone software equipped with features necessary for the benefit. The analysis has identified the requirements for the subsidy in Mago4 manufacturing modules (production base / advanced, open orders, Bill of materials, manufacturing mobile, basic / advanced planning, variants, tools, configurator) and logistics modules (WMS Base, Advanced and Mobile), that, aiming to a rationalization in production and warehouse management, can therefore benefit of depreciation.

Not only. The ERP Mago4 is also rewarded for its integration capabilities: the extensive ERP I.Mago, the operating environment shared between Mago and the Infinity Zucchetti galaxy, is in fact compliant to regulations on depreciable assets into 4.0 Industry context, provided that it is joined to a Mago4 configuration including the above-mentioned modules.

It is clear now that the tax standards set out in Industry 4.0 plan are interesting for the ability to push innovation; it is important to stress that, in order to seize all the opportunities of the plan, it is important to rely on a partner that helps you in the innovation of your company and at the same time knows and selects for you the most appropriate solutions, also in function of regulations.

Thanks to its strong ERP experience, Mago4 is the perfect candidate to play this role.

To know more about tax breaks, you can visit the industry-specific Zucchetti website, contact your reseller or fill out the information request form.

2017 Stability law

The 4.0 Industry Plan of Stability Law 2017 defines super and hyper depreciation measures for different categories of assets.

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For the three-year period 2017 - 2020, the Italian Government has launched the 4.0 Industry plan, a 13 billion € project to support Italian companies in the process of digitization and robotization of production systems. The plan, contained in the Stability Law 2017, aims to activation of investment in innovation and competitiveness by companies, supported in turn by organic measures, including tax incentives. In particular, it is possible to make facilitated investments in new material assets, new high tech material assets, intangible assets. Here are the three categories of assets intended in 4.0 industry -key and the facilities provided for each case.

With regard to new material assets, the 140% super-depreciation is extended throughout 2017, enabling businesses and professionals to increase the purchase cost of 40% for the tax deduction.

Those belonging to the second category are defined by the Stability Law as assets aimed at encouraging technological and / or digital transformation processes. For them it is granted a 250% hyper depreciation, which increase to 150% the purchase cost for the tax deduction; note that, if the material asset is purchased along with the embedded software required for its operation, the software also benefits from depreciation.

The Stability Law defines intangible assets, functional to the technological and / or digital transformation, the software, systems and system integration, platforms and applications: for their purchase it is granted a 140% super depreciation, thus taking advantage of a 40% surcharge for tax deduction. This, provided that the company uses the 250% depreciation, but regardless of whether the software is or is not related to the facilitated asset.

In order to benefit from amortization, the asset must be interconnected, ie it must exchange information with internal or external systems by means of a proven method-based connection (eg TCPIP, HTTP, MQTT) and must be uniquely identified (eg via IP address). The facilities also require a declaration by the legal representative or (if the value of the asset exceeds 500,000 EUR;) a sworn technical report issued by a professional or accredited institution, attesting that requirements are met.Tax incentives are allowed for investments made by December 31, 2017 or by June 30, 2018, provided that at 31 December 2017 the order is accepted and at least 20% of the acquisition cost has been paid.

With a press release and 4 / E document, the Revenue Agency provides some indications to answer technical and tax doubts about super and hyper -depreciation: it is possible, for example, to verify, with the technical opinion of the Ministry of Economic Development, the facilitation eligibility, to ask the Tax Agency for tax-related doubts, or to acquire the technical opinion of the Ministry about the issue of 140% immaterial assets.

Companies operating in the industrial and manufacturing sectors will find significant opportunities to improve business processes through the purchase of specified goods, that include many Zucchetti solutions. Among those covered by the 140% super depreciation for intangible assets, we find business intelligence and analytics solutions, plant and equipment maintenance management, monitoring and analysis of energy consumption, IOT applications, software and systems for the protection of networks and information and, of course, production and logistics management and Enterprise Resource Planning software, such as Mago4.

And that's not all. In Zucchetti world we find hardware and systems devices for security, access control, attendance detection, production data collection, intended as new material instrumental assets, which are also subject to 140% super-depreciation; 250% amortization includes the 3D systems and printers provided by the Group as well as goods, machines and systems to which Zucchetti can integrate its safety, security, energy and environmental projects, maintenance technical control, production management, and so on.

4.0 Industry Plan also includes other significant measures, including the so-called New Sabatini, that aims to support - through a subsidized contribution from 2.75% to 3.57% in the case of investments in 4.0 industry technology - micro, small and medium-sized enterprises of any product sector that require bank financing for investments in new material goods, machinery, plant, factory production equipment and digital technologies (both hardware and software). This benefit can be cumulated with hyper and super depreciation. Again, Mago4, the specialized ERP for SMEs, can represent an investment included in the measure.

For more details on 4.0 Industry Plan, you can consult the Guidelines of the Ministry of Economic Development. You can also have a look at Zucchetti's industry offer at www.software-industria.it.


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