ManufacturingJune 21, 2021

How to Build the Warehouse of the Future

In this new, connected world, the Warehouse of the Future is about…
Avatar Prashanth Mysore
Warehouse of the future.

Warehouse management is no longer the static element in the supply chain, but an area that’s ready for smart transformation. In an experience economy, customers want goods made to order and delivered as soon as possible, in a way that suits their flexible lifestyles. This makes warehouse digital transformation a reality in order to sustain business and thrive amidst increasing competition and market pressures.

Warehouse Transformation

In this new, connected world, the Warehouse of the Future is about achieving key operational metrics and exceeding customer service requirements more profitably while supporting sustainability goals.

The warehouse of the future represents the pinnacle of digital warehousing, a concept where traditional storage facilities evolve into highly automated, interconnected hubs powered by the latest technologies. This transformation is driven by the need for better asset utilization, improved order fulfillment, and sustainable cost savings.

In essence, the future warehouse is not just a physical space for storing goods but a smart, digital entity that can adapt to fluctuating business needs. Key characteristics include:

  • Leveraging IoT devices and sensors for instant, precise data collection.
  • Integration of various systems and platforms for seamless information flow.
  • Use of advanced robotics and AI for efficient operations and minimal human intervention.
  • Creation of virtual warehouse representations for simulation and optimization.
  • Ensuring transparency and traceability in supply chain operations.

This shift towards digitalization is part of the larger Industry 4.0 revolution, a move that promises significant benefits but also requires careful planning and implementation.

Why The Warehouse of The Future?

The Warehouse of the Future is likely to become the norm in the coming years and will be driven by technologies such as:

  1. IIoT and real-time data
  2. Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
  3. Data intelligence, analytics and machine learning
  4. Automation and robotics
  5. Augmented reality (AR) and virtualization
  6. Real-time inventory management

Putting the digital transformation of warehouses and distribution facilities into motion by these means allows organizations to elevate productivity, planning and operational efficiency. This, in turn, leads to better supply chain performance that enables reduced warehouse-related costs and emissions as well as improved service levels, efficiency and safety. Ultimately, the enhanced visibility these emerging technologies deliver will empower warehouse operations to be agile in adapting to new developments and disruptions, bringing them closer to the vision of the Warehouse of the Future.

To learn more about the ongoing modernization of warehouse and distribution facilities, I invite you to enter the warehouse of the future built by DELMIA.

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