Supply Chain Automation Combats Labor Issues

Supply Chain Automation Combats Labor Issues

As labor costs continue to climb and workforce availability tightens, warehousing mechanization and automation alternatives are becoming increasingly attractive. Many of our clients are exploring automation alternatives to reduce reliance on labor as well as increase capacity, throughput, productivity, and service levels.

While the Return on Investment (ROI) for implementing mechanization and automation may not make sense for all operations, “piece-picking” operations are by nature, labor-intensive, which may justify investments in mechanization/automation and Human-Machine Interface (HMI) technologies such as:

• Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs)
• Goods-To-Person (AS/RS, Shuttle Systems, and Carousels)
• Hands-Free Scanning Solutions (such as voice/vision technology)
• Pick-To-Light / Put-To-Light
• Batch Picking and Discrete Order Sortation Technologies
• Robotic Pick and Place Systems
• Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)

By analyzing the processes, systems, infrastructure, and labor within warehouse operations, we can evaluate if the capital costs (CAPEX), operational costs (OPEX), and Return on Investment (ROI) may support advanced technology investments.

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