Modern Materials Handling reports that Amazon has caused other companies to look into their efficiencies to see what can be improved in order to meet customer demand. It goes beyond using material handling equipment in order to move bulk items efficiently, more businesses are turning to automation in order to reduce the workforce in areas that can be done by machines, instead using talent for more strategic and challenging operations.
Not only can improving efficiencies help businesses stay competitive, it can also help them keep costs down. According to Multichannel Merchant, simplifying processes wherever possible can help reduce costs, because there could be some out of date practices that are hindering overall productivity. The news provider suggests taking a look at the physical layout of the space and seeing what distribution routes make the most sense. If there are sorting, picking or other tasks that can be automated, this will help improve the overall flow of the warehouse.
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