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Addressing the Challenges of Scalability in the Ecommerce Omnichannel Warehouse

While ecommerce continues to be the fastest growing segment of the global economy, individual warehouses face more volatility and unpredictability, and intelligent, modular robot-based automation delivers the flexibility to manage seasonal or sustained growth while minimizing the risk of over-reliance on human labor.

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While ecommerce continues to be the fastest growing segment of the global economy, individual warehouses face more volatility and unpredictability, and intelligent, modular robot-based automation delivers the flexibility to manage seasonal or sustained growth while minimizing the risk of over-reliance on human labor.

Robotic-based automation solutions enable the flexibility to effectively manage both seasonal and sustained growth.

Robots are completely transforming today’s warehouses

Amid a perfect storm of pressures like labor, cost and space, automated storage solutions are delivering standardized hardware and software suited to applications big and small.

XPO Logistics will buy 5,000 warehouse robots from a Singapore startup backed by billionaire Peter Thiel as part of a deal that makes XPO the only logistics provider to use the technology in North America, the U.K., and eight other European countries.

Dramatic changes to the warehouse are just beginning. Data-driven, flexible and robotic automation solutions help improve performance today while retaining the agility to adapt to tomorrow’s changes.

The continued growth of e-commerce, last mile delivery, and warehousing as a whole are driving significant demand for industrial properties and spurring innovation in how the assets are built and utilized.

It's no secret that e-commerce has completely transformed the retail landscape, and it would be difficult to come up with a retailer that hasn’t experienced “the Amazon effect” on some level.

As warehouse operators plan for a future that is difficult to predict, building around the pillars of data-driven, flexible and robotics help ensure their investments not only pay dividends in the short term but can carry them well into the future.

There is a lot to like about robotics as a means of automating DCs. The tricky questions around robotics are not will they catch on, because they are, but what types of robotics will best suit an operation, and how will they interact with traditional automation and human labor?

Gain better control of materials inventory and movement in manufacturing.

Technology, such as automated storage and retrieval systems and AGVs, are improving material flow and delivering significant improvements in speed and productivity; these solutions can be applied as effectively to production intralogistics as to warehousing and distribution.

Learn trends that are putting pressure on the warehouse

Our new paper examines how small incremental improvements (Kaizen) are sometimes not enough, and often slow down innovation; instead, what might be needed is a major step forward or radical change (Kaikaku).

This paper reviews the major social and technology trends that will shape the warehouse of the future, analyzes their impact and presents a vision for how the industry can provide the speed and agility to support the expected demands of the market in 2030 through the development of hyper-local, urban distribution centers.