I spend a lot of time speaking with warehouse operators. I often hear them say the same things: “Business is growing, but I’m having a hard time getting orders out the door.” Why? Because, in the age of e-commerce, they need to fulfill more SKUs in smaller quantities while staffing their businesses with quality people who are hard to find and retain.
Historically, they’ve turned to traditional automation to help them solve these challenges. By traditional automation, I mean large-scale equipment like conveyors, unit sorters, shuttles and automatic storage and retrieval systems. But this type of one-size-fits-all automation is costly, takes years to implement and hamstrings warehouses, leaving them less adaptable to change. And if there’s anything we’ve learned about the warehousing industry in recent years, it’s that change is the only constant we can count on.
The more flexible an automation solution is, the better it will be able to expand and contract with business needs. Enter collaborative mobile warehouse robots: automation that scales with you. Warehouse robots are a viable alternative to traditional automation because they provide almost the same benefit at a fraction of the cost – often times delivering 1 year payback or less. Robots can be deployed and live within weeks versus months and adapt to your current warehouse layout and operations.
But don’t just take my word for it. Our team wants you to have the best information available when comparing warehouse robots to traditional solutions. There are several really compelling reasons to automate your warehouse with robots. Read up on them in our whitepaper, “7 Reasons Why Warehouse Robots Beat Traditional Automation.” We hope you enjoy the read.
When it comes to warehouse automation, don’t just go with the status quo. For more information on the new face of warehouse automation, visit our website at www.6river.com.