The value of automation in logistics is rapidly becoming synonymous with supply chain efficiency. To help you create more value within your supply chain, let’s explore how the evolution of transportation processes supports new avenues to deploy automation.
In this blog, we’ll discuss common misconceptions about autonomous logistics and opportunities where automation in logistics can improve your transportation management. Keep reading for tips to help you implement more automated activities across your processes.
Misconceptions About Automated Technologies in Logistics
As explained by Dr. James Canton via LinkedIn, “there is more demand for science and tech or STEM jobs than the talent to satisfy that demand. There are over 6 million jobs that cannot be filled due to the STEM skills gap. Organizations cannot find qualified skilled workers to fill the jobs. What does that tell us? We are not producing Future Ready workers to keep pace with the economy. That needs fixing.”
Taken further for today’s modern supply chain, automation of transportation management execution based on a series of predefined rulesets can trigger a series of subsequent events. Automation plays a critical role in your ability to manage supply chain disruption and product safety compliance.
Opportunities to Deploy Automation in Logistics
According to Supply Chain Digital, technology applications include multi-shuttle systems for put-away and picking, analytics tools, optical recognition, 3D printing, innovative storage, and virtually any management system.
Even with all the innovations expanding automation within the transportation management system (TMS), organizations continue to rely on manual supply chain activities. Many current supply chain roles require only limited software experience.
Tips to Apply Automation in Your Logistics Activities
- Start small with retrofits and self-reporting devices.
- Avoid building whole automation systems in-house.
- Connect your legacy systems to new platforms via API or EDI.
- Invest in a TMS that offers scalability via the cloud.
- Consult with one of our expert partners for additional help.
Reap Rewards From Automation in Logistics With the Right Partner
Automation takes time. Failure to consider all other implications across your other software, services, or systems could disrupt your entire network. That’s why more organizations turn to true experts like MercuryGate and our reseller partners.
We can help you understand what to automate and where and when to take those steps. Find out more about the value of automation in your business by requesting a MercuryGate demo or consultation.