27 Mar Warehouse Automation
Automation in the warehouse has become increasingly popular for newer, larger facilities, but many feel automation is out of reach for smaller facilities. With automation at the forefront of many operations future, it’s time to educate on how facilities can implement automation into their distribution centers today.
A big misconception among supply chain and distribution centers is that in order to implement automation, they need to build a new, fully automated warehouse which is out of the question for many. However, automation comes in many forms and is strategically designed to work with any facility’s current operation.
For any supply chain manager, the first step is to determine which automation strategy and technologies are right for your operation. Identify the tasks and equipment that are ideal candidates for automation. Begin with a project that fits your comfort level and prioritize those opportunities.
Ask these three questions to help you decide:
- What benefit(s) are you trying to accomplish?
- What task(s) do you want to automate?
- How do you use your current forklift Fleet?