In this episode of “Supercharged Supply Chain”, Ron and Joseph discuss warehousing; its present state, trends, some of the opportunities and challenges that exist, and what the future might hold.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the COVID pandemic has been the warehouse industry. The increase in the volume of ecommerce has been astounding. Look no further than Amazon who saw their revenue increase from $280 Billion in 2019 to $386 Billion in 2020. Certainly, a lot of that gain was from Amazon their cloud computing services, but a lot was not. And even so, much of Amazon’s web service revenue came from companies expanding their ecommerce offerings.
With this rapid increase in volume came a demand for increased automation; and Ron and Joseph will cover such topics as Artificial Intelligence (AI) in configuring warehouse product storage for optimized picks and put-aways, robotics and co-botics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the possible expanded roles of 3-D printing.
And no discussion about warehouses would be complete without a discussion on safety; how a culture of safety is necessary and the safety considerations when configuring a warehouse.