NEWS AND VIEWS ON THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
Warehouses and distribution centers (DCs) are meeting new challenges head-on by driving progress toward Warehouse 4.0 operations. First, global e-commerce has sharply increased since early 2020, and analysts predict continued growth at a CAGR of 14.7 percent through 2027. This rise in e-commerce translates into greater demands on warehouses and DCs to pick, pack, and ship more orders quickly and accurately. Second, even though demand and throughput have grown significantly, consumers still expect the same – or a higher – level of service. Some customers in competitive markets now expect next-day or even same-day service.
Additionally, increased demand has driven some DCs to "divide and conquer." Instead of one regional distribution center, businesses have changed their strategies to favor multiple micro-fulfillment centers that use existing space in stores or other facilities and give organizations the ability to process orders more quickly. Automation technology takes the micro-fulfillment center to new levels, increasing speed, efficiency – and customer satisfaction.
The rise of technologies that transform legacy DCs into Warehouse 4.0 operations coinciding with the change in consumer behaviors has created a lightning-in-a-bottle moment for resellers ready to seize the opportunity and deliver the solutions warehouses and DCs are looking for.
Warehouse 4.0 Technology
Businesses advancing their roadmaps toward building a warehouse 4.0 operation can leverage various technologies to automate and digitize processes. Consider expanding your portfolio to include:
The Demand for Warehouse 4.0 Solutions Providers
To achieve the 4.0 vision, warehouses will need to do more than deploy technology. They will need purpose-built solutions that address their business needs. Even if warehouse operators are tech-savvy, they may not have the expertise or resources to implement advanced technologies that automate receiving processes, improve materials moving speed, increase picking accuracy, and multiply throughput, even during a labor shortage. They will turn to solutions providers with knowledge of warehouse operations to build systems to solve their pain points.
Warehouses and DCs also need your expertise to implement systems that can grow with their businesses and integrate with new supply chain partners and new technologies as they become available. As a result, your clients will be more likely to invest in flexible solutions with long lives rather than one they'll need to rip and replace when technology advances or operations change again to align with customer expectations and demand.
Your industry knowledge, experience, and network of vendors and partners uniquely position you to deliver Warehouse 4.0 systems and build sticky, long-lasting relationships that help you grow your client base and your business.
Warehouses and distribution centers need your help now. Don't miss this opportunity.