Zebra’s latest Warehousing Vision Study surveyed over 1,400 IT and Operational decision-makers to assess the present and future state of warehouse operations. In this blog post, we take a closer look at the study’s key findings including the increasing need to keep up with e-commerce demands and identify three trends transforming the future of warehousing operations.
Investing in Technology
The e-fulfillment revolution is forcing change across every part of the supply chain and our on-demand economy has increased the complexity of how companies do business. In order to remain competitive companies must invest in the implementation of new technologies. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of respondents agree that augmenting workers with technology is the best way to introduce automation in the warehouse, but only 35 percent have a clear understanding of where to start automating. Decision-makers plan to invest in a variety of device form factors to help their employees work smarter, faster and more accurately. They also plan a significant increase in investments in rugged tablets, industrial scanners, wearable computers, as well as mobile and stationary computers. 62% of respondents plan on upgrading their current mobile warehouse technology.
Implementing New Strategies and Tools
The warehouse is a crucial hub when it comes to order processing and fulfillment. Business around the country can no longer rely on a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, they need to establish a system that fine-tunes the fulfillment process. 73% of organizations plan to begin modernization by equipping workers with mobile devices. As part of this process, 83% of respondents report they are currently using or planning to use the Android operating system in the warehouse. Android implementation improves work efficiency, stabilize performance amid workforce variability.
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Warehouse leaders are turning to technology to prepare for the rapidly expanding on-demand marketplace. Decision-makers plan to take an incremental approach to warehouse modernization by first focusing on their most valuable asset, their workers. The SMS Group empowers organizations to achieve a performance edge. Contact us to learn more.