Why look at automation in your materials handling warehouse? More and more companies are moving toward warehouse automation for several reasons: improved process, streamlined operations and lower operating costs. Warehouse automation includes automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), robotics, conveyors, sortation systems and more.
Warehouse operators are looking for ways to boost efficiency, while lowering the risk of accidents. Automation allows for systems that operate with minimal human intervention, such as pallets that are automatically put into storage and stacked appropriately, as well as being transferred to an area for pick up.
Initiating warehouse automation is more budget friendly now than it ever has been – and the return on investment (ROI) is realized faster. Finding, training and retaining the warehouse workforce is a process that has seen better days as more and more long-term employees transition to retirement and, in many cases, a younger workforce just isn’t there to replace them. When you factor in healthcare costs, sick days and other costs associated with labor, it makes sense to take a hard look at automation.
Warehouse automation systems also increase accuracy. Incorrect and inaccurate orders can exact a high financial cost to an operator. Automation also allows you to make better use of your warehouse space, plus decreases the risk of accidents. Also a consideration: speed of responding to your customers and, once your ROI is realized, downstream savings to your customers and a better competitive edge.
At Shoppa’s, we have skilled professionals who understand how automation can transform your operations.