Which warehouses are your best bets for the next big wave of warehouse automation?
Posted March 30, 2019 09:37:58 The next wave of warehouses is about to start, and the companies behind them are already thinking about what to do with it.
With a slew of new technologies, like robots, automation and artificial intelligence, the future of warehouses looks bright.
“We’re in the midst of an exciting new era of warehouse management, where it’s easier to automate processes and automate workflows,” said Dan Ollivant, senior vice president of logistics at the US-based company Digital Environments, which is part of the Envision division of Amazon.
“As we look at this shift, we want to be able to automate those processes in a way that doesn’t disrupt the way customers and teams work.”
Here are five of the best warehouses for the future.
The Best Amazon-owned warehouses For some customers, this is an opportunity to automate the processes that can lead to delays, lost revenue and lost productivity.
The biggest winners are Amazon and its own warehouses, which are growing rapidly, with about 20% of its business driven by warehouses, according to the company.
This growth is fueled by Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, and it’s also driven by other new technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.
“With the acquisition of Amazon, we have the ability to deliver more automation, more cost-effectively, more easily, and more efficiently,” said Bill Rupp, vice president for digital transformation at Amazon.
Rupp said Amazon also has built a cloud-based warehouse automation platform that will allow its customers to control warehouse automation from a smartphone, without having to have an expensive, dedicated server.
The platform will also let Amazon warehouses “focus on their core business and deliver faster, more consistently and more reliably.”
Rupp also said Amazon will be expanding its delivery service to the US, which will allow the company to improve delivery times and reduce the time it takes for Amazon warehouses to move items.
The company has also added more warehouses in countries around the world, such as India and China.
These new warehouses will be the main focus for Amazon’s warehouses in the US and Europe.
In addition, Amazon has also opened up new warehouses in Europe, which it says will increase the number of fulfillment centers it can offer.
This means that more fulfillment centers can be built in the region, as Amazon is also expanding its fulfillment centers to countries that currently don’t have warehouses.
Rupak Bharti, head of global logistics at Amazon, said these new facilities will allow Amazon to expand the global logistics chain by allowing warehouses to take more orders from other warehouses.
“It’s about being able to connect multiple fulfillment centers, and be able bring those fulfillment centers together,” he said.
The future of warehouse robots Some companies are also thinking about the future, though.
Amazon recently announced that it was investing $1 billion to build a robot that can autonomously handle the sorting, packing and shipping of its Amazon Prime and Prime Fresh orders.
This is part to a company called LABRA, which was founded by Lalooping Robotics, which specializes in the development of robotics and robotics systems.
LABR is based in Australia, and is also developing a robotic warehouse, said Kevin Meehan, the company’s founder and CEO.
Amazon also plans to use this robot in its warehouses in Japan, India and Europe, and Meegan said Amazon is working on using it to help customers ship items faster.
Amazon will also be building a robot to handle the packing and delivery of packages in China, which also is the biggest market for warehouses.
Meeham said Amazon has invested in robotics companies to help its warehouses operate more efficiently, and he said the company will use the robot to help with logistics.
“The fact that Amazon can help customers and partners in the fulfillment sector make the right decisions when it comes to shipping is just a big win,” he added.
“This robot can help with packing and sorting as well as delivering packages.”