Over the past few decades, warehouse automation has become crucial to the efficiency and reliability of warehouse operations across the globe. The recent rapid growth of sales in the omni-channel marketplace has significantly affected warehousing operations, causing a heightened need for adaptable systems with increased capabilities and flexibility. As with all major capital investments, it is important to make a case to justify its cost.
When examining the cost savings of an automated warehouse, it is important to consider the site conditions of the warehouse. For companies who are landlocked in an established location and are unable to purchase additional expansion property, building from the ground up might be the only option.
Additionally, the industry is turning to millennial workers who were raised in the digital world to fill more positions within the warehouse. To attract these young workers, companies need to turn to automation that closely embodies the experiences these young workers can find on their smartphones, tablets, or computers.
It is also important to determine the number of shifts per day that your equipment is running. Automated systems typically require a two-shift operating period, so justifying automated systems for single-shift operations is often a challenge.
In addition to cost comparisons, once you add in the benefit of the longevity of the system, the investment is more than validated. Many automated systems can be operational for 25 years or more before needing to be replaced. This whitepaper discusses the primary factors that should be considered when justifying the cost of warehouse automation for your business.
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