COVID-19, along with its direct impacts (lockdowns, border closures, etc.), has sent a domino effect of related disruption, including supply shortages and financial distress – but these aren’t the only threats in town.
The pandemic economy permanently raised the bar for global supply chains, demanding unprecedented speed, scale and flexibility. Automation and robotics— notably, autonomous mobile robots—will be an essential competitive advantage.
Microlistics, a global provider of warehouse management systems (WMS), points to five common warehousing strategies that organizations need to master if they wish to be successful in a multi-channel world.
Until recently, flexible depalletizing has been particularly challenging for warehouse robots to handle. While humans can easily deal with unstructured and ever-changing tasks like unloading a random assortment of items, robotic programming has taken a while to catch up.
With real-time data, businesses can gain greater visibility and insight into their supply chains and identify where to cut costs, how and when to pivot, and how to make smarter, more informed decisions.
A supply chain crunch that was meant to be temporary now looks like it will last well into next year as the surging delta variant upends factory production in Asia and disrupts shipping, posing more shocks to the world economy.
Companies across industries are looking for ways to make their supply chains more sustainable, resilient, and socially responsible. Social enterprises can be valuable partners in achieving these goals.
The latest supply-chain news, analysis, trends and tools for executives in the consumer packaged goods industry. Learn how consumer packaged goods companies and their suppliers around the world are managing the flow of products across all channels of the enterprise. Experts sound off on forecasting and demand planning, supply-chain visibility, logistics outsourcing, inventory optimization, transportation management, warehouse management, supply-chain security, corporate social responsibility and more.
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