With an increased focus on supply chain management, including speed to deliver, order efficiency, and customer satisfaction, organizations today are contemplating increased investment in warehouse automation now more than ever. Operations are facing increased pressure to cut lead times, maximize productivity, manage labor challenges, and keep up with evolving quality standards to meet the demands of the consumer and stay ahead of the competition. Manual processes including common warehousing tasks and manufacturing collection plans are being replaced by robotics, automated material handling systems, warehouse management systems, manufacturing execution systems, and other technology.
Many questions arise on where and what to invest in and how to maximize the investment of automation. An increasingly common solution is to integrate these systems together to provide even greater efficiency gains, better visibility and controls, and more accurate, real-time data to use for strategic decision making and competitive advantages.