At a time when ports are suffering from severe congestion and scarcity of land, one designer of cargo-handling equipment is proposing a radical new way of moving ocean containers between ship and shore.
Brent Barcey, executive director of global sales with Fanuc, discusses the trends that are driving change in supply-chain management, including the skills gap and efforts to boost warehouse productivity.
Voice automation has come a long way, to the point where it's playing a crucial role in helping distribution centers meet demands for shorter order-to-delivery cycles, says Bob Bova, president and CEO of AccuSpeech Mobile.
In a time of increasing customer demand, robotics technology is helping e-commerce sellers to manage forward inventory and next-day delivery, says Jim Serstad, vice president of product development with Tompkins Robotics.
Control towers are taking on an increasingly vital role in modern-day warehouses, powered by advances in artificial intelligence, says Kevin Reader, director of business development and marketing with Knapp.