Warehouse automation refers to the use of technology to streamline and improve the efficiency of warehouse operations.  Automation can include the use of robotics, sensors, artificial intelligence, and other technologies to perform tasks that were previously done manually, such as picking and packing orders, inventory management, and shipment tracking.

In supply chain management, warehouse automation can help companies to reduce costs, improve accuracy, and increase speed of operations.  By automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks, companies can free up their employees to focus on higher value activities such as customer service and strategic planning.

Some of the reasons why warehouse automation is so important includes

  • Improved Efficiency
    Automation can reduce the time required to complete tasks, resulting in faster order fulfillment and shipment processing.
  • Improved Accuracy
    Automation can help to reduce errors, such as mispicks or misships, which can improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs associated with returns and rework.
  • Better Inventory Management
    Automation can provide real-time inventory data, which can help companies to optimize their inventory levels and reduce waste.
  • Enhanced Safety
    Automated systems can help to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries in the warehouse, by taking over hazardous or physically demanding tasks.
  • Cost Savings
    Automation can help to reduce labor costs and improve productivity, which can result in overall cost savings for the company.
  • Scalability
    Automation allows companies to quickly scale their operations as demand increases, without having to invest in additional labor.


Warehouse automation can provide a competitive advantage for companies in the supply chain management industry, by helping them to improve efficiency, accuracy, and customer satisfaction.


Examples of Warehouse Automated Technology

  • Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)
    AS/RS use automated machines to store and retrieve products from designated locations in a warehouse. These systems can be designed to handle a variety of products, from small parts to large pallets. They can improve inventory accuracy, reduce the need for manual labor, and save space in the warehouse.
  • Conveyor Systems
    Conveyor systems are used to transport products from one part of a warehouse to another. They can be customized to fit the specific needs of a warehouse, and can be used to move products of different sizes and weights. Conveyor systems can improve efficiency and reduce the need for manual labor in transporting products.
  • Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)
    AGVs are mobile robots that are used to transport materials and products within a warehouse. They can be programmed to navigate around obstacles and follow specific routes. AGVs can improve productivity and reduce the need for manual labor in moving products.
  • Picking and Packing Robots
    Picking and packing robots are used to automate the process of picking products from shelves and packing them for shipment. These robots use sensors and cameras to identify products and can be programmed to pick and pack products of different sizes and weights. Picking and packing robots can improve accuracy, reduce labor costs, and increase throughput.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Sensors
    IoT sensors can be placed on products and throughout a warehouse to provide real-time data on inventory levels, product locations, and environmental conditions. This information can be used to optimize warehouse operations and improve inventory management.

These are just a few examples of the many warehouse automation technologies that are available today.  By leveraging these technologies, companies can improve the efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness of their warehouse operations.


UK Warehouse Automation

Here at 2h Storage Solutions, we can help you automate processes at your warehouse.  Get in touch below for a free site survey and advice.

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