One of the latest trends in logistics is warehouse automation. This process allows to solve the problem of lack of space, speed up shipments, simplify the accounting of balances, overcome the staff shortage and simplify the work of staff. Pavel Lisitsin spoke in detail about modern technologies in this industry and modernization of logistics.
Pavel Lisitsin: Automation of warehouse logistics using accounting systems
Automation of all possible processes has become an important tool for overcoming the crisis. Companies have to actively fight for each client. And those, in turn, have become much more picky about service providers.
Pavel Lisitsin emphasizes that it is extremely difficult to retain a client if their goods are being looked for too long, or if there are mistakes during the shipment. Therefore, more and more companies from the logistics and retail industry are investing in automation technology.
Today, most retailers and logistics operators are implementing automation technologies at least in the form of accounting programs. Pavel Lisitsin says that automation solves the following problems:
- Complexity of inventory control. An automated warehouse accounting system allows to quickly search for the desired product, complete the batch in a short time and always have up-to-date information on the balances.
- Inefficient placement. Pavel Lisitsin emphasizes that one of the main reasons for the lack of space in the warehouse is inefficient optimization. The automatic system will make it possible to assess the dimensions of goods , leftovers and storage conditions more rationally.
- Dependence on employees. Often in warehouses there are failures when some workers are absent or left, while they were responsible for fulfilling orders and details of the placement of goods. According to Pavel Lisitsin, automation can greatly reduce the influence of the human factor on the work processes.
- Inventory. If there is no automatic accounting system, it is necessary to stop the work of the warehouse to carry out an inventory. Moreover, its results may be inaccurate. This problem is solved by the introduction of a suitable accounting system.
- Delayed deliveries. The problem of non-compliance with deadlines, downtime and underloading lead to the loss of customers’ loyalty. It can be easily solved with a system of order prioritization and the load queue managing.
The idea of digitalization of warehouse accounting is already actively used by most companies. Pavel Lisitsin gives the most common example of such a process — barcode scanning. Today technology has gone much further, and more and more retailers and logistics providers are striving to equip their warehouses with the most modern accounting systems.
Pavel Lisitsin: Prospects for the full automation of warehouses
Pavel Lisitsin says that according to analysts’ estimates, about 30% of companies in the retail and logistics industry are planning to switch to full warehouse automation in the future. The demand for robots and various autonomous equipment is growing steadily. Warehouse robotization is relevant for several reasons:
- serious shortage of personnel in the industry;
- high wages of personnel;
- lack of storage space and the need to organize more efficient storage;
- uneven demand and new periods of peak load on logistics (“Black Friday,” etc.).
Pavel Lisitsin says that according to the experience of companies that have implemented robotization, we can confidently say that technologies can significantly increase the speed of goods delivery (almost 30 times) and shipment (3-5 times), as well as increase the accuracy of order collecting almost to 100%. Moreover, labor safety indicators will be increased dramatically, since all works unsafe for people can be entrusted to robots.
At the same time, Pavel Lisitsin notes that robotization is a very costly investment. Therefore, at the moment it is profitable mainly in large warehouses and distribution centres. However, today we can say that robotization is a stable trend, which will be introduced by more and more companies in the future. The main condition for this, according to Pavel Lisitsin, is the long-term planning, since we are talking about investments that will pay off for years.
According to Pavel Lisitsin, the rapid growth of e-commerce, which has been noticeable since 2020, plays an important role in this. Accuracy and speed of order collecting are critical for online commerce, which is why retailers are striving to reduce the impact of the human factor.
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