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How to Drive Value in Your Supply Chain with Automation

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This is the modern era, and the way businesses operate in every industry is changing dramatically. We’ve seen some significant changes in the way businesses used to operate, particularly since the global pandemic of Covid-19. The pandemic is not the only reason for these changes; technological advancements are also important. 

The rise in the tech world refers to the extensive use of new-age technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of work. Automation, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), big data, blockchain, and cloud computing are just a few examples. 

During the timeframe of covid-19, when the world market shut down and running businesses from the field became illegal, many businesses failed because of these unprecedented circumstances. On the other hand, it is also true that, despite these calamitous circumstances, the logistics and supply chain industries continued to function and ensured the delivery of all essential items around the world. 

What Causes This? 

This is simply due to the implementation of technologies. Because there were fewer workers available in the field, the industry was forced to incorporate automation and robotics into the workflow. 

Robotics and automation are two such technologies that have the potential to add enormous value to the logistics and supply chain industries. 

The Benefits of Robotics and Automation to the Supply Chain Industry  

Reduced transit time

The efficient use of time, like any other aspect of work, is critical to its success. The work area in the supply chain work field is very spacious, and if there are non-automated facilities, according to reports, 30% to 40% of the workers spend most of their time traveling from one place to another. Automation allows for a reduction in employee transit time, which results in lower costs, increased productivity, and a higher level of service. 

Achievable with fewer employees

Another issue for many retailers in the logistics and supply chain industry is a labor shortage. The implementation of robots, aided by information systems and automation, alleviates the challenge of moving goods from one location to another during labor-short supply chains. Robots are the one-stop shop for building and wrapping palettes, accurately offloading containers, and managing conveyors. Furthermore, on the outbound side, robotics and automation technology are used to replenish inventories by creating multi-SKU pallets to meet the needs of the store.

Make small quantity supplies more consistent

In the logistics and supply chain industry, there are numerous scenarios to choose from. One of the scenarios occurs quite frequently in the healthcare industry. Hospitals require thousands of supplies, but due to storage space constraints, they prefer to obtain these supplies in small quantities at regular intervals. The automated warehouse with robots simplifies this type of supply. Additionally, increasing efficiency and lowers costs.

Better-organized cartons

The tech-based delivery also includes carton organization based on each level of picks. At various levels, robots assist in the assembly of cartons according to the customer’s specifications, including diverse types of items in one parcel for shipment.

Improved employee safety

One of the most important benefits of implementing robotics and automation is that the amount of risk involved in the logistics operation for human workers is reduced. Automating machines and robots eliminate the need for humans to lift and bend heavy objects, reducing work-related injuries, and so on. 

Conclusion 

To summarize, the implementation of technologies such as robotics and automation provides numerous benefits and values to the logistics and supply chain industries. These technologies enable wearables in warehousing, which saves a significant amount of time when scanning a large number of boxes. Additionally, the use of drones is increasing significantly. After all, it aids in the monitoring of inventory spread across a large area in the warehouse. To reap the benefits of these new-age technologies, now is the time, as few businesses are currently using them. As a result, it will provide your company with a competitive advantage. 

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Neha Verma

Neha Verma is a content writer who has 5+ years of experience in writing content in different domains and industries. She has been working with B2B & B2C industries and has created content for presentations, the training worked on web content, and copy content. She specializes in blogging, email marketing, and digital marketing content. Currently, she lives in India.