Retailers may be feeling a little less anxious after consumers’ somewhat lukewarm reception to Amazon’s Australian launch in December last year, but make no mistake – Amazon is just getting started.
When seeing robots whizzing around warehouse floors, or reading news about things like autonomous forklifts and delivery drones, it is understandable to start to worry about whether one’s own job is safe in this ever automated world.
What a significant year 2017 has been for the retail industry. If you listen carefully, you can almost simultaneously hear the racing of hearts and long deep sighs as we near the end of yet another financial year.
From self-driving trucks to delivery by drone, automation of the supply chain is becoming increasingly common. But while the use of automated technology in delivery or the “last mile” (the final stage of the supply chain process) has received plenty of publicity, it is arguably in the other supply chain areas where robotics offers the most opportunity.
The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is a hot topic in manufacturing and supply chain management, promising real-time visibility of the entire supply chain through a vast network of advanced sensors, thereby supplying invaluable insights that can be used to optimise processes and workflows across the business.
In a challenging economic retail climate, there is one retailer that is crushing sales and swooping in for global domination. You may have heard of the international giant Zara, but if you haven’t, their supply chain management strategy is worth noting.
Many supply chain professionals are on the cusp of an existential crisis; automate or become extinct. However, looking for the right technologies and building a fully automated and intelligent supply chain is a colossal task to say the least.
Self-driving cars are inevitable. Well at least according to futurist and Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil.
Those already on the bandwagon know that Gartner wasn’t far off when they stated: “now is the time for digital transformation”. Across the globe, business leaders are introducing digital initiatives to ensure their organisation doesn’t fall into a technology chasm.
New research has revealed that grocery retailers in the UK are struggling to meet customer requirements and are at risk of failing to deliver on their brand expectations.
Sounds like a retailers worst nightmare, so what’s the cause behind this? Retailers say it comes down to poor-decision making and legacy supply chain infrastructure.
Topics: Logistics Automation