Warehousing is evolving at a rapid pace, with emerging technologies transforming the industry. Here at Consignly we’re fascinated with some of the emerging trends, and we spend a lot of time researching how we can leverage them to bring more value to our customers.
Warehousing is evolving at a rapid pace, with emerging technologies transforming the industry. Here at Consignly we’re fascinated with some of the emerging trends and we spend a lot of time researching how we can leverage them to bring more value to our customers.
Here are a few of the technologies that we’re either using already at Consignly, or are planning to do so in the near future;
Warehouse simulation (often referred to as digital twins) has emerged as a significant trend in the warehousing industry. A digital twin is a computer-generated replica of a physical warehouse that is used to model and simulate various scenarios. By using warehouse simulation, warehouse managers can optimise workflows, test different layouts, and identify potential bottlenecks before they happen. This technology allows warehouse managers to better plan and execute operations, which can lead to significant cost savings and improved efficiency.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to revolutionise the way warehouses operate, making them more efficient and cost-effective. AI-powered software can analyse vast amounts of data in real-time, enabling warehouses to make smarter decisions and optimise their operations. For example, AI algorithms can help with inventory management by predicting demand patterns, reducing the risk of stock shortages and overstocking. As AI continues to advance, we can expect to see even more innovations in the warehousing industry. Watch this space!
Robotics technology is rapidly advancing in the warehousing industry. Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are being used to move goods around warehouses, while picking and packing robots are being used to automate the order fulfilment process. Robotics technology can help to reduce labour costs and improve accuracy and efficiency in the warehouse.
One trend that is gaining momentum is the shift towards cloud-based warehouse management systems (WMS). As more and more companies move their operations to the cloud, warehouse managers are increasingly turning to cloud WMS to improve their flexibility, scalability, and cost efficiency. By leveraging cloud-based systems, warehouse managers can gain on-demand access to data, make real-time decisions, and manage workflows in a more efficient manner.
Collaboration is a critical component of a healthy supply chain, and the strength, power, and efficiency of integrations between systems are vital. With cloud-based systems, companies can reduce traditionally high investment costs required to establish and maintain integrations between disparate systems.
These emerging technologies will all play their part in transforming the warehousing industry and are just some of the trends that we think warehouse managers need to keep an eye on.
Chris Tacon | Updated on Feb 28 2023
Emmerson Transport, a leading logistics company in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, with over 40 years of experience, recently integrated Consignly and a TMS simultaneously in record time.
Brosnan Transport in New Zealand partnered with Consignly's cloud-WMS, reducing admin tasks by 8 hours weekly and handling errors by 40%. The collaboration showcases growth and efficiency through innovation.