Is automation always the right answer?

DateTuesday, March 29, 2022
Time10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

What You Will Learn

What You Will Learn

Labor shortages. Inventory delays. Limited warehouse vacancy. COVID-19-driven challenges thrusted logistics into the spotlight, and the warehouse emerged as the event horizon at the center of global commerce and public health. In parallel, a 2020 survey from McKinsey found that 85% of supply-chain executives struggled with inefficient digital technology. Now, following the most significant supply chain disruptions of the modern era, there’s only room left for innovation and a clear opportunity for warehouse technology.

Businesses often conflate warehouse automation and warehouse robotics. While they are related and there is some overlap, they are in fact distinct and serve different logistics needs. Legacy automation consists of heavy statics mechanics whereas robotics are mobile and more versatile and faster to deploy. As companies invest in warehouse technology, understanding the differences, advantages, and discrete, strategic applications of automation and robotics will be critical to meeting fluctuating market demands.

Key Takeaways

- The difference between warehouse automation and warehouse robotics
- Criteria for evaluating what warehouse technology is right for your business
- Key performance indicators of warehouse technology that balance operational efficiency and supply chain resilience
- Case studies feature global retailers who successfully deployed warehouse robotics and automation


Romain Moulin Exotec
Rudi Lueg Exotec

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