Much has been written about artificial intelligence (AI) software and robotics in the warehouse from a technology and functionality perspective. Far less has been written about the broad question of who “owns”this type of “smart fulfillment” in an organization.
We know that this labor crunch is no joke, and surging e-commerce demands, the “Great Resignation”, and supply chain disruptions have not made it any easier on companies’ bottom line. It’s clear that companies can no longer rely on abundant labor to run warehouses or factories.
While all parties have expressed confidence that an agreement will be reached between dockworkers and employers without disruption, they conceded there will be “difficult” issues. Among these are certain to be the wrangle over automation.
Flexible automation, labor augmentation and longer lead times for project delivery are among the major trends in material handling, says Christian Dow, executive vice president of leadership and membership at MHI.
The latest news, analysis, trends and tools for automation and robotics for warehousing and distribution. Today’s companies are moving goods across more suppliers, vendors and customers than ever before, and warehouses are critical points in the overall supply chain. New technologies that use cameras, radios, sensors and digital maps to find and sort merchandise are transforming the way warehouses and distribution centers operate — and allowing them to stay ahead of the competition in their industries. As these solutions continue to evolve, businesses are discovering new ways to increase efficiency and cut costs. Learn how companies around the world are improving supply-chain operations through their strategic use of automation and robotics in the warehouse.
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