Necessity of Automation in Logistics
1. CASE STUDY – NECESSITY OF AUTOMATION IN LOGISTICS
In an era of automation, be it ground, air or sea logistics has always been the most crucial component of productivity for many organization. As the world is becoming a global village, technology and automation is advancing almost in everywhere on the planet, maximum of enterprise businesses are understanding the fact how automating their processes can help their business grow. Many corporate giants are adopting it and which enhances their logistical operations resulting in becoming the best company meeting its consumer demands. The profound advantage of automation is that it enhances the intricate functionalities like scheduling, routing and delivering and addition to that it also save’s the labor. Automating the logistics avoids the conventional and convoluted process that affects and costs business and instead brings in improved quality, accuracy, precision in the logistics process and also aids in saving energy and material.
Automating the logistics procedures and planning them, decreases the labor time which is spent on the conventional/ manual daunting tasks. Minimizing the errors and ameliorating the overall customer service by decreasing the cost that affected the bottom line.
Making exceptional Logistics Automation, and when aligned in certain way that will result in benefits the end line of the company. Whether the automation is in the way of manufacturing floor or anything else. Automating logistics eliminates traditional practice and gives you information seamlessly at your will. Cloud services has helped to eliminate the inefficiencies that were caused earlier due to lack of visibility, thus bringing a new edge of modernity to the infrastructure of logistics. Automation in logistics is playing a vital role in how different enterprises business are carrying out their business. Below are few instances that describes impact of automation in modern logistics infrastructure.
Seamless Integration of Logistics Systems
One of the most effective and significant implication of the automation transport are seamless integration of logistics in businesses. The importance of integration of automation, is increasingly realized by the enterprise which helps them in processes like order fulfillment. Holding a special significance in various distribution centers and smart warehouses where every single work is carried out in an automated manner. When the labor is expensive and speed and agility are the priority, the integration has been proven to be the best effective alternative to the businesses. Adopting the transformation also brings an unwrinkled transactions right from the placement of the order till its fulfillment and delivered by ensuring that the encompassing tasks are entirely coordinated.
Automation in the supply chain for the entire process lets the logistics manager to dedicate less time on an individual task, mundane processes, and more time getting the most out from the supply chain. Investing in the automation tools that helps various management techniques that improves productivity, efficiency. Supervisors can definitely built a concrete bottom line for a long run.
Ameliorating End to End Visibility
Automated transportation can be achieved through cloud computing and IOT. Many IT companies provides with cloud computing that enables different enterprises to automate making their supply chain and logistics effective and digitally lucrative. This aids the enterprise to have an end to end visibility, enabling efficient, optimized and timely accurate decisions when it comes to logistics management.
Using mobile devices like RFID, smartphones, desktops and barcode scanners has dramatically influenced the logistics processes. The logistics companies that uses these devices have already achieved 100% accuracy in shipping 99% accuracy in inventory management. The significant use of these devices has lowered the labor expense by 31% and increased the pace of the logistics operations by 30%.
Assistance in Warehouse Management
The core of various logistics enterprises is warehouse management. The efficiency of a warehouse directly impacts the cost of executing the business, this also affects the impact of an enterprise in market to compete with others. With the help of automated transport we can keep track over inventory and delivery vehicles also allowing the enterprise to transform their physical assets to digital data. Succinctly, the conversion from physical assets to digital data, enables logistics supervisors to collect and share the critical data into cloud, ensuring right product at right time always. This removes the need of any supervisor to constantly keep check in with the routine at warehouse. Not only it is time consuming but it also has higher probability of making errors which may be caused of any internal congestion or shortage of inventory. However, recapitulating, the automating operations can thus result in significant time consuming and energy saving for various companies adopting it. Live tracking the assets with optimized routes and real time analytics allows logistics supervisor to carry out the business seamlessly.
Field Force Management
When it comes to managing delivery schedules like pickup and delivery of orders or an on field representative or technicians, effectively managing these field force becomes extremely important so as to minimize the downtime and ensure more productivity. As earlier, we saw how RFID and mobile scanners helps the logistics supervisors to have better visibility on their asset. Similarly, use of connected mobile devices embedded with various algorithms that efficiently captures the data, manage it and shares it in real time. This amplifies the connectivity and enables the authority to proactively communicate with their drivers or riders anytime and anywhere.
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