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Logistics operations have always been heavy in their reliance on manpower. But with today’s complex market dynamics, high operational costs and manpower scarcity, there is a need to automate logistics now more than ever. To meet the increasing volumes and intermittent demand, e-commerce and logistics (3PL) players are looking to streamline their logistics operations to make them responsive and adaptable. the answer? Intelligent, flexible and scalable automated automation.
Modern robotics technology has the potential to improve supply chains by making them robust and resilient to handle dynamic supply chain, logistical requirements and trends. This is why the future of logistics operations around the world depends on robots.
Current challenges in the field of logistics
The logistics industry is currently facing many challenges such as high consumer expectations and demands, inaccurate and inefficient operations, and unavailability of skilled manpower as well as specialized experts. So far, this has closely linked logistics operations with high operating costs, damages, thefts and errors resulting in lower customer satisfaction. With the continuing sharp rise in online buying behavior, it is therefore imperative that players in the industry overcome these issues and take advantage of the advantages of automation to better serve the end consumers.
Enter robotics technology
Autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are at the forefront of robotics technology in logistics automation and are helping to solve many of the operational and workforce challenges previously mentioned. They can navigate their environment using high-resolution cameras, sensors, magnetic tapes, lasers, machine learning (ML) algorithms, and artificial intelligence (AI) while working alongside humans. Here’s what AMRs/AGVs bring to the table:
Higher processing speed: Cargo transportation can easily be outsourced to AMRs/AGVs. With the fleet, they can keep logistics operations running for 24 hours in rotation and do so with high accuracy and energy efficiency.
Higher employee productivity: With AMRs/AGVs taking over regular and recurring tasks, HR can be freed up to focus on other key departments. This helps in greatly increasing the productivity of the employees.
sustainable workflow: Thanks to unique AI algorithms, AMRs/AGVs can calculate the shortest and most efficient material processing path while maneuvering around human workers. This makes it highly adaptable, sustainable, energy efficient and practical.
Less space required: Many small and medium warehouses and fulfillment centers operate with limited space. AMRs/AGVs come in handy here because they are more compact compared to other material handling systems. This helps in hiring them even in smaller logistics garments.
Reduces personal injury and damage to goods: The ability of AMRs to navigate around other workers and obstacles prevents collisions and helps reduce injuries and damages in the workplace.
Trends driving the adoption of antimicrobial resistance
The need for automation in a post-COVID economy: Since the advent of COVID-19, automation has become an indispensable tool that has charged many industries in terms of efficiency and speed. As it is actively sought after in the current climate, there is a high demand for AMRs/AGVs to automate supply chains and improve overall efficiency and productivity in logistics operations.
Increase in partial fulfillment: With the rise of rapid commerce and customer expectations, there is a need for an omnichannel approach to fulfillment. This need has led to an increased demand for AMRs/AGVs that facilitate automation in both the consumer and industrial sectors. Thus, this has led to an increase in small execution centers equipped with these dynamic and scalable robotic solutions that can meet the needs of the current market.
RaaS (Robots as a Service): One of the main proponents of increasing AMR/AGV adoption is the availability of the RaaS (Robots as a Service) model. RaaS makes automation a potential scenario for many e-commerce, retail and logistics companies by lowering adoption barriers. Some of its advantages include low cost to adopt automation, energy efficiency, easy scalability based on business requirements, and all-inclusive services (such as installation, maintenance and training).
Robots are the future
AMRs/AGVs can improve and revolutionize logistics like never before. It is agile, dynamic, incredibly scalable, power, processing, space and cost-effective, all components needed to run a highly optimized logistics supply chain. With the efficiency of AMRs/AGVs combined with the flexibility of RaaS, running a sustainable and scalable logistics operation to handle modern customer expectations has become a reality.
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