Automation is more than just a buzzword; it’s a strategic move that can significantly impact your operation’s efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and customer satisfaction.
1. Impact on Labor
Safer Working Environment
Automation reduces the need for human workers to engage in physically demanding and potentially hazardous tasks, resulting in fewer accidents and injuries.
Reallocation of Current Labor Force
As automation takes over repetitive tasks, your existing workforce can be reallocated to focus on more value-added activities such as quality control, maintenance, and process improvement.
Protection from a Volatile Labor Market
The labor market can be unpredictable, with fluctuations in availability and costs. Automation provides a reliable alternative, reducing your dependence on an uncertain labor pool.
“We’re the first in Vallen’s network to be implementing a Goods to Person Solution. I can’t wait to show everyone how successful we’ll be and the team we have in place with DCPerform are an integral part of that success.” – Bill Rolfe, Director of Logistics, Vallen Canada
2. Lower Operating Costs
Automation systems are designed for energy efficiency, reducing utility expenses. Automated systems optimize inventory management, reducing carrying costs and the risk of overstocking or stockouts.
3. Predictable Productivity Models
Automation allows you to create predictable productivity models that are not dependent on human variability. You can accurately calculate throughput, processing times, and fulfillment rates, making it easier to plan and meet customer demands.
“Vallen is building a new DC with size and speed to market being the highest priorities. The automation is a game changer for us and our customers.” – Bill Rolfe, Director of Logistics, Vallen Canada
4. Improved Customer Experience
In the age of e-commerce and fast delivery expectations, order accuracy is key. Automation enhances order accuracy by minimizing human errors, ensuring that customers receive the correct products on time. This translates to improved customer satisfaction and brand loyalty.
5. Space Savings
Automation can optimize your facility’s space utilization. For instance, Vallen, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products, has employed automation to maximize its space and increase efficiency. Repurpose saved space for value-added processes or accommodate future growth.
“DCPerform has provided us with market insight and experience in putting Distribution Centers together. They bring the expertise that we lack and have helped us draw out the internal expertise we have on the team already.” – Bill Rolfe, Director of Logistics, Vallen Canada
6. Growth Opportunities
Automation is highly scalable. Whether you’re a small operation looking to expand or a large facility handling peak seasons, automation can adapt to your needs and facilitate growth without extensive overhauls.
7. Forecasting: be proactive, not reactive
Develop a 5-10 year plan that includes a scalable strategy to accommodate growth. Future-proof your automation concept by choosing flexible solutions that can adapt to changing market conditions and technology advancements.
Automation offers numerous advantages to your operations, from improving safety and efficiency to reducing costs and enhancing customer experiences. By carefully considering your specific needs, infrastructure, and future plans, you can successfully implement automation and position your facility for long-term success.
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