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.
The growing interest in a new field known as soft robotics comes from the potential of these systems to address problems that can’t be solved by robots built from rigid materials. Many innovative solutions have been developed over the past several years to design soft systems and components. Here is some insight into the growing field of soft robotics and how these solutions can impact humans.
When the supply chain is asked to be more sustainable or energy-efficient, most eyes go directly to the transportation industry. After all, carriers and shippers tend to use fleets of vehicles that burn up a ton of fossil fuels.
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.
One of the most immediate commercial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was consumers’ shift to online shopping, resulting in a surge in demand for eCommerce warehouse and distribution services. As warehouses tried to keep up with rising demands, they were simultaneously dealing with their own labor shortage, supply chain, and transportation issues, creating a host of ongoing challenges.
Over the past several years, manufacturing policies, the surge of eCommerce, and new research have brought increased scrutiny on environmental concerns. It’s one thing to get massive amounts of products into the hands of consumers in record time. But what about the cost to the environment in doing so? Here is why consumer consciousness has become a priority for businesses and how RFID technology can make your warehouse more sustainable.
Warehouse operations are an essential part of every manufacturing and retail operation. And there’s a close correlation between customer satisfaction and an efficiently-run warehouse. The COVID-19 pandemic was a catalyst for eCommerce growth, with nearly 20% of retail sales now taking place online, compared to just 15% in 2019.
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.