The dream of creating mechanical servants is as old as civilisation itself. Today, that dream is becoming a reality, as robots and AI creep slowly but surely into our homes, our schools and our workplaces.
In logistics, many see warehouse automation as a panacea for and efficiency problems. But unless you have the time and resource of , say, it’s unlikely to be the solution for you. Here are four reasons why.
1. Warehouse robots don’t have hands
In fact, to anyone who can build a robot capable of handling irregular items – from measuring spoons to mouse traps. Until a winner steps forward, humans will still be the most efficient machines for tasks.
2. Warehouse automation can’t scale fast
If you’re an ecommerce retailer who’s looking to or cope with seasonality, warehouse automation won’t help. It can take months, if not years, to design and deploy the kind of ordered warehouse that an automated guided vehicle (AGV) needs.
3. Warehouse automation has a cost
that it’s technically feasible to automate 45% of the work that people perform today. The thing that’s stopping us is cost. Indeed, some estimate that a warehouse automation project could run to as much as $20M.
4. Other solutions are available
If you’re considering warehouse automation as a way to improve your accuracy, efficiency or scalability, then moving to an service like James and James could be a more viable alternative. We’ll definitely be a quicker, cheaper and friendlier solution than a swarm of bots.