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What does the future hold for the automation of warehouses?

Every industry is going after opting the latest trends which are the future for every firm. The past, present, and future these three factors every business takes into account. How aspects have changed over the years and what has worked well and what not? So, there is some useful insight into predictions for the future.

Online supermarket Ocado is planning to introduce a human-like robotic hand to its production. If such type of technology introduces into warehouses then is there any need for the human to work in warehouses?

The electronic hand, which is capable of picking up delicate grocery products, could be introduced in the coming three years.

According to a survey done by the MHI Annual Industry Report, 80% of respondents believe that digitalization has the power to disrupt the industry. For the remaining 16%, it’s already creating a competitive advantage.

Looking at the various present and future factors in order to give a proper insight into what the future holds for warehouses –

Warehouse Mobility Solutions –

The transformation from fixed desktop workstations to mobile devices and smartphones helped a lot in gaining warehouse efficiency. Today, mobile devices and apps substantially reduce walking time. These devices allow warehouse employees to work and access data in seconds within as well as outside of the warehouse.

Smartphones are not only helping to free warehouse clerks from deskbound activities but also adding new dimensions of the capability to the standard workstations. Warehouse needs excellent computational power and operational efficiency to operate and mobility solutions deliver it very well.

Fully Automated Warehouse –

After looking at the use of robots, drones and successfully completing tasks across operations and industries in warehouses. We can easily imagine the future of warehouse environment completely automated.

According to a report by the Seattle Times, Amazon has 45,000 robots in total.

AGVs (Autonomous Guided Vehicles) are not yet adopted widely but could be a good alternative for the forklift, promise to revolutionize the way cargo is transported inside and outside the warehouse.

Real-Time Inventory Management –

Automatic identification systems like smart sensors, GPS, RFID etc. They not only provide end-to-end visibility of inventory but also operational intelligence through the data that these sensors collect in the process.

Digitalization of warehouse industries is a reality that the warehousing industry must come to terms with in order to sustain market pressures and thrive amongst the increasing competition.

According to a report by MHI 75%, respondents are likely to adopt such type of systems in coming the next two years from now.

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