Investments in warehouse automation have remained fairly strong in recent years and the consensus is that more growth is on the horizon, according to executives in the sector. However, the food and beverage space comes with unique challenges and opportunities. The demands associated with omnichannel fulfillment, SKU proliferation and increased efficiency is creating more interest in the benefits of warehouse automation.
The cover story of the January/February Food Logistics examines these challenges and opportunities and how warehouse operators, automation equipment manufacturers and integrators are responding.
Editors Insight: Investing in automation is one of the biggest challenges that today’s supply chain decision makers face. The investment is not confined to the cost of the equipment; the new technology requires better educated employees at different levels within the organization. The investment is steep, the decision to make the investment in itself consumes significant resources, and there is little room for error if the decision is not well thought out.
This cover story includes important insight into the challenges and opportunities that automation presents. The food and beverage industry is changing and the supply chain needs to be more efficient to meet the demands of the rising omnichannel, the SKU explosion, the growth of product attributes, the expansion of smaller orders, and last but not least, the rising cost of labor.
Food Logistics tapped insights from 10 of the leading automation executives. This is valuable insight for food and beverage supply chain decision makers. 2-26-16 By Elliot Maras