Over the past several decades, there has been a strong shift toward voice-recognition technology. In other words, instead of typing a command on a keyboard, people have become more accustomed to using voice-to-text solutions and voice-activated assistants like Google Home or Alexa. But what about in the warehouse?
Over the past several decades, industrial automation has continued to evolve. The manufacturing industry once relied solely on mechanical automation to boost efficiency. Now, a combination of hardware and software solutions is turning traditional factories into smart facilities that will be more commonplace in the future. Here’s what you need to know about the role of hardware and software solutions in automation.
Who doesn’t get excited about the arrival of summer? The temperatures are warmer, kids are out of school, and more people spend time vacationing. But what does the summer season mean for businesses and the supply chain?
Are you considering implementing some changes to how you handle the paperwork for your business? Many companies are opting to make their processes paperless due to the many advantages this approach offers. But this is an extreme departure from the way most organizations do business, so it won’t be easy. Here are some of the benefits of going paperless and how robots can help your business accomplish this goal.
Nearly half a century ago, barcodes were the revolutionary solution promising to bring massive improvements to the supply chain. And they did. But supply chains weren't nearly as complex as they are today, with online orders, multi-location warehouses, and the expectation of fast and error-free delivery.
When voice technology was first introduced with the launch of Siri more than a decade ago, few people could have anticipated how this novel feature would become such a driver for innovation. Today, more than a quarter of U.S. adults own a smart speaker (Amazon Echo, Google Home, etc.), and eMarketer predicts that roughly 92 percent of smartphone users will be using voice assistants within the next year.
RFID is an incredibly versatile technology, with applications from one end of the supply chain to the other. Short for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), these tags and readers save and transmit data through radio waves about an item, such as a product #, expiration date, manufacture date, temperature, and more.
Automation offers a wide range of benefits for warehouses, from better supply chain visibility to boosting productivity and efficiency to reducing labor-related hazards and risks. But implementing automation takes some effort and resources, so many businesses have put off this important transition for as long as possible. For those that still haven’t made the switch, here is why now may be the right time to automate your warehouse.
When people think of warehouse automation, they picture a futuristic operation where robots do all the work and humans are left either with nothing to do or trying to save the world from evil machines. Neither vision could be further from reality.
Warehouse work can be complicated. From tracking inventory to managing returns, the number of details to work around might feel overwhelming. Whether you oversee materials handling or order fulfillment, you may have considered the ways that automating your business’s processes could streamline your overall performance. It’s no exaggeration to say that technology is reshaping almost every industry in modern America, and over the last few years, the rise of automation has radically reshaped the way warehouses sort, store, and move stock.