The next five years show potential for massive growth of robotics in supply chain management. Here’s how warehouse robots can reduce costs and increase efficiency in the warehouse.
While it may seem like the entire logistics and supply chain management industry is talking about robotics, the hype has not yet led to widespread adoption. In fact, recent research from DHL shows that 80 percent of warehouses are still manually operated. However, we expect that to change as the technologies mature, managers flip their mindset from manual to automated operations, and the warehouse labor shortages continue to push businesses to alternate workforce solutions.
There are many benefits offered by warehouse robotics. From workforce shortage solutions to improvements in inventory management to increased safety and reduced risk of employee injuries, the operational value is there. Also, there’s a concept of logistics elasticity that comes into play here. With robotics, we refer to this elasticity as the enhanced strategic capabilities afforded through robotics. Examples could be quickly deploying more units to support increased demand during peak or re-programming robots at scale to implement new processes.
There’s a lot of moving pieces in the robotics field right now. So, we thought it would be good to hit pause and go back to the basics. Here’s a general overview of robotics in the supply chain, including what the different technologies can do to enhance everyday operations.