Human order pickers are increasingly more concerned that robots will displace them in their jobs, and rightly so. Robotic devices are quickly replacing human laborers in some of the more mediocre jobs in the standard supply chain. These robots, often known as automated storage and retrieval systems, or AS/RS, are simplifying operations across various industries. Although human nature generally calls for resistance to change, let us give this innovation some serious thought. This impressive technology can result in a boost to the vitality of your industry. Here are some reasons why.
Humans Versus Robots
Order picking is the system of fetching items from their storage locations in warehouses in order to fill customers’ orders. These order picking processes account for more than 50% of warehouse operating costs. They are tedious and time-consuming and can be fraught with errors. The order picker, the most expensive part of the warehouse operation, is directly linked to customer satisfaction. Any error in the pick would produce an unhappy customer and cause additional costs to you. With next-generation technology on the rise, the whole industry has been embracing automation and experiencing fundamental improvements.
Automation Increases Accuracy
Automation can improve your cold supply chain in many ways. With deadline-oriented staging, automated systems can be fully customized and programmable. Robots work relentlessly, around the clock, to meet last-minute deadlines or impromptu demands. The accuracy of outbound shipments also improves with the use of automated pickers. The fact is, humans are imperfect. Even the most conscientious employee is likely to make mistakes, but barring any errors in their programming, robots will perform their duties accurately, tirelessly and without end.
Automation Allows for a More Intelligent Allocation of Personnel
Automating your cold storage and retrieval systems affords a number of advantages that can help create a more efficient warehouse or order fulfillment operation. One advantage of this technology is that it allows you to more intelligently assign personnel to higher-value tasks. By automating repetitive and labor-intensive jobs, such as the retrieval and replenishing of inventory, those labor hours can be redistributed to other vital areas of your operation.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is a comparatively simple concept. It is the worldwide network of physical objects, including devices, buildings, and vehicles, which are linked to the Internet. It has numerous practical uses in the cold chain industry. Cold chain operations face vulnerability due to mechanical difficulties, human failures, traffic delays, and various other problems. However, the supply chain industry has a found an important ally in the Internet of Things (IoT). Problems can be addressed in real-time, with an unbroken infrastructure responding as a single unit. IoT cold chain monitoring systems can counter issues before they become full-blown disasters, providing global, actual-time surveillance of pharmaceuticals and packaged foods while they are in transit.
Even more troubling than monetary losses is the human lives that are at risk when, for example, blood supplies or pharmaceuticals are imperiled during shipment. The Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine functionality remedies all of that. Whereas the IoT was once the wave of the future, it has unquestionably become a necessary component of the cold chain industry right now.
In cold chain storage, up-to-date data is power. Cargo conveyed, whether by means of ship, airplane, truck or train, must be kept at an ideal temperature. Even the most minuscule change in settings can be catastrophic. With conceivably billions of dollars’ worth of cargo at stake globally, the meticulous real-time surveilling, sending and receiving of business-critical information is crucial to success. In the area of collecting time-sensitive data, the Internet of Things is remarkably adaptable and useful.
So Then, Why Not?
Combined with other tech-innovations, such as cloud computing, radio frequency identification chips, and GPS, real-time identity, location, and other consignment information can be dependably tracked anywhere in the world. Shrewd cold chain operators are aware of the boundless benefits the IoT can deliver. A greater understanding of supply and demand, which aids manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, can be achieved by adding automation and the Internet of Things to your cold storage operation. The digital business landscape is vast, but Internet-connected devices allow organizations to safely navigate the immense field. Working more intelligently, strategizing better and making more prudent industry-related decisions can serve to greatly strengthen your business. Contact the experts at Merchandise Warehouse for more information on adding automation and the IoT to your cold storage operation.