- What are the main logistics challenges and how can innovators fix them?
- Will covid created issues persist and continue to be a factor?
- How has the global supply chain been affected by unilateral decision making?
Global Smart Warehousing
A smart warehouse is a large structure used for the storage of manufactured items and raw materials. Machines & computers are used in smart warehouse technology to undertake typical warehouse tasks that were previously performed by humans.
Receiving and recognizing orders, storing products, counting products, transferring orders to the relevant location, and recalling where orders are all accomplished in smart warehouses. All of these tasks are carried out with no or little errors, due to the use of various technologies like AGV, RFID, IoT, & analytics. The increased usage of modern technologies is a major element driving the market for smart warehousing forward.
In addition, a significant number of smart warehouses are moving toward AI automation of nearly all operations involved in getting goods from suppliers to customers. As a result, significant increases in the adoption of automation in warehouses throughout the world are expected to expand sales potential in the smart warehousing market in the coming years. For now, though the majority of work is manually done by pickers and other human employees.
The introduction of multi-channel distribution networks, as well as the globalization & dynamic nature of supply chain networks worldwide are expected to drive growth in the smart warehousing industry.
Big Data and analytics, Artificial Intelligence, autonomous robotics, augmented reality, as well as the internet of things, are all part of the Industry 4.0 revolution that is revolutionizing modern-day warehouse operations. Moreover, the rising popularity of e-commerce along with the development of digitization is moving the smart warehousing industry forward.
Many suppliers throughout the world are incorporating cutting-edge technologies like bar code scanning software, automated guided vehicles, and radio frequency identification technology to improve and speed up supply chain networks while reducing errors. The use of these technologies in warehousing are critical for the development of the market and solution to many problems.
Global supply chains have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has outpaced & affected both supply and demand at a faster rate. COVID-19, on the other hand, can also have a long-term impact on the smart warehouse market. As the coronavirus spreads around the world, a transit delay in one region of the world might have a considerable effect on the rest of the world, prompting shutdowns owing to warehouse closures or supplies that are delayed or missing.
Market Growth Factors:
The rise in demand for AI driven Smart devices as a medium of managing operations quickly & efficiently is imperative.
The warehouse is an important part of the whole supply chain. Order picking, inventory management, & asset tracking are all labour-intensive operations in the warehouse that can impair overall productivity. As a result, using mobile-based technologies and applications to streamline the entire warehouse process can boost operational efficiencies and enhance the bottom line.
Warehouse workers & logistics partners now have access to a multitude of tools and materials due to the widespread use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The functionality that is expected to benefit warehouse managers to manage the complete warehouse process efficiently includes scanning inventory with barcode scanning apps, viewing the accurate location of a shipment on a map, pulling up detailed shipping information & receiving data, as well as generating reports in less time.
The rising focus on warehouse 4.0 for a more efficient & safer warehouse
Warehouse 4.0 brings together digital and physical systems to create better-linked experiences that will affect the entire warehouse process, from product design and planning to supply chain and production. Warehouses are shifting to a voice-based plus screen-directed inventory picking & restocking process to reduce the time that is spent on the training of new employees.
Multi-modal picking, which combines picking with screen-directed picking via mobile handheld devices, are just starting to be implemented by businesses. In addition, to build a strong warehouse automation system, IoT, big data & data science, wearable, AR, low-cost sensors, computer vision AI, robots, and high-level computers can be integrated.
Smart Warehousing Market Leaders
The major strategies followed by the market participants are Partnerships. IBM Corporation, Oracle Corporation, SAP SE are the forerunners in the Smart Warehousing Market. Companies such as Epicor Software Corporation, Manhattan Associates, Inc. and Infor, Inc. are some of the key innovators in the Market.
There are also newer start up companies utilizing many of the above mentioned technologies such as IOT, robotics, AR/VR/MR, sensors, 5G, Edge computing Blockchain etc. A recently publically listed company called Verses Technologies Inc. has developed an AI operating system that interoperability utilises all these systems across the entire supply and warehousing chain. Their first proof of work revenue generating project is getting a lot of attention with many large and mid scale clients in their on-boarding pipeline.
Verses first use case, proof of work app built on its AI platform optimizes supply chain logistics and warehousing efficiency called “Wayfinder”. There is a reason that over 100 companies are lined up to work with Verses, including many Fortune 500 and Global 1,000 companies. Verses AI cracked the code for logistics and, in our view, will be a key part of solving the world’s supply chain crisis.
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