Mon. Oct 2nd, 2023
    The Role of Automation and Robotics in Modern Warehousing

    In the highly competitive world of warehousing, automation and robotics have become key tools for businesses looking to gain a competitive advantage. According to Noah Maynard, a principal solutions architect at Berkshire Grey, while not all warehouses have fully embraced automation, some innovative companies are using it as a differentiator in their operations.

    One of the major driving forces behind the adoption of automation in warehouses is the need to meet rising customer expectations. As customer demands continue to evolve, operators are feeling the urgency to implement automated solutions. Additionally, the cost and availability of manual labor are becoming major challenges that automation can address effectively.

    However, for top brands, the value of automation goes beyond saving on labor costs. They are looking at the broader impact of automation on the entire supply chain, from upstream to downstream. This requires taking a long-term view and investing in automation solutions that are flexible, simple, and scalable. The ability to adapt to changing needs and future advancements is crucial for success.

    Flexibility is especially important in the short term, as distribution operations constantly adjust to seasonal demands. Warehouses need automation systems that can seamlessly integrate with legacy systems and provide a positive user experience. The training process should be quick and straightforward, allowing facilities to achieve maximum productivity without significant delays.

    While the adoption of automation in warehouses may still be in progress, it is clear that leading companies recognize its potential for competitive advantage. By investing in the right automation tools and technologies, warehouses can optimize their operations, meet customer expectations, and navigate the challenges of a rapidly evolving industry.

    – Noah Maynard, principal solutions architect at Berkshire Grey