Welcome to B2B Source
Follow us:

Warehouse Automation Project Issues

warehouse automation projectsWhile it can be tempting to consider warehouse automation as the automatic solution to meet demand and reduce costs as with any major change to your supply chain the adoption of any new warehouse technology needs careful consideration.

The main causes for warehouse automation project failures tend to include:

  • poor planning and delegation
  • inappropriate selection of technology
  • unforeseen changes in the market

Successful warehouse automation projects need continuous attention throughout the whole of the project. However, where you focus this attention will change as the project develops from challenging the design and equipment to operational planning and management.

Get help with warehouse project planning and management.

Warehouse Automation Project Pitfalls

warehouse automation project risksOnce an automation project has been given the go ahead often responsibility tends to be passed to the operation team. This team then needs to allocate budgets and negotiate with a host of suppliers. 

It is at this point problems can start as equipment vendors all want to promote the benefits of their systems, but might be less concerned about whether their products are the right fit for your company. A critical approach coupled serious due diligence can help ensure the right systems are selected.

Having a long-term view is essential as any solutions need to still be relevant and beneficial years into the future. Be aware that unexpected changes to a business’s market, customer base, product range or demand can suddenly make a warehouse automation system ineffective.

Key Equipment Questions

  • What are the limitations of the equipment/system? 
  • What can it deliver now – and what are the boundaries of its capabilities in the future? 
  • Will the adoption of this system have an impact on other elements of the supply chain? 

Expert Support with Warehouse Automation Projects

Planning and implanting successful warehouse projects can be a complex and demanding process so it’s no surprise that even the largest companies realise they can benefit from the support and advice of experienced logistics and supply chain consultants with expertise in warehouse and distribution centre projects.

Total Logistics works with a wide range companies across multiple sectors to improve their logistics and supply chain operations including warehouse projects covering warehouse design, layout and automation. 

Visit Total Logistics: http://www.total-logistics.com/

⇐ Back to Consultancy

Other stories

Increasing Your Warehouse Capacity

In your warehouse, the only thing more valuable than your goods is the amount of available space you have at hand to store it all in. The more goods your warehouse can contain the greater its overall value and the greater bulwark you have against...

Read more...

The Book Printing Process: From Printing to Binding

Booking printing is a fairly long and complex process. Usually when a book has been written, submitted to a publisher and approved for publication, the manuscript is sent to the printing presses for printing. From there, the book goes through these...

Read more...

What is sales and operation planning?

There are many different ways businesses have attempted to better plan and implement their businesses practises. After all, every business is looking for new and innovative or tried and true means of increasing their efficiency, their sales, and...

Read more...