Taking a deeper look at the logistics industry
The greatest challenge industries worldwide had to deal with during the pandemic was contending with the fact that people could not be near each other to perform physical work. This singular phenomenon severely impacted the movement of things, particularly as global supply chains tried to figure out what to do to tackle this challenge.
Organizations that invested in innovation found themselves being able to build resilience and flexibility, and ensure business continuity by implementing newer business models.
Today, the logistics industry as a whole finds itself taking a deeper look at post-pandemic consequences such as increase in online transactions, the need for expedited fulfillment via omni channel commerce, and rapid adoption of touchless systems pushed by new market entrants.
Within the supply chain industry, warehousing and logistics is the fastest growing segment. With rapid growth in B2C services, advancements in automation must be made across departments.
What logistics businesses are up against, and a few things that could work
The challenges the warehousing industry faces are many, but some issues that need immediate addressal are reducing physical touch points and meeting the demands of ever-increasing order volumes.
Other challenges that call for a dramatic raise in the bar for supply-chain efficiency are the lack of automation in handling large and heavy packages; low packing efficiency and moves per hour; and a declining workforce
Maneuvering innovation in the logistics industry
Logistics automation, such as mobile robots and pick-and-sort technology, brings speed and safety, and saves time and cost—ticking off fundamental check boxes for a good business. For instance, autonomous mobile robots can sort, pack, pick, move, and drop off packages; and predict, coordinate, and execute same-day delivery in a timely manner. TCS has made this happen.
Watch the advanced autonomous mobile robot in action
The battery-run fork over mobile robot has all the built-in functions required to shift boxes. Sensors help it navigate and avoid collision. In addition, fully autonomous robots can move around with humans and assist them with activities like material handling. How convenient does that sound?
TCS has also designed a cloud platform-based system that manages a fleet of mobile robots—to do the heavy lifting in warehouses.
Observe how the robots work together flawlessly
The design allows for planning between multiple robots, just like humans would within a facility. The robots, not one or two, but several, move about knowing fully well where they’re going and what they’re doing, managing cargo such that they don’t drop it or collide with each other, as they move quickly and with precision, saving time.
Apart from navigation—which is fundamental—the design allows for scheduling. The robots can decide pick-up and drop timings for several packages. They can also communicate with each other and with humans, allowing for flexibility in terms of human intervention. Not only is the process fully automated, but it is also designed to save time–the robots finish their tasks overnight.
Furthermore, the architecture offers robotic operating system as an independent layer to execute operations. If such a system becomes functional, it could revolutionize many areas of the logistics industry.
Where is robotics in the warehousing industry headed?
AI-driven solutions can improve order delivery prediction, reduce cost to serve, and raise cross channel efficiencies. And with cognitive enhancements, a bunch of robots would be able to support a range of tasks and improve both quality and quantity of work.
That robotics is a mover and a shaker, is becoming imminent. And logistics warehouses now know this.