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.
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.
As warehouse management solutions (WMS) evolve to become more efficient, digitisation and automation are realities that every logistics business must embrace in order to survive. But many logistics service providers and distribution centres today – in particular, the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – still operate largely manually.
Believe it or not, warehouse automation is not a recent innovation. In fact, the first automated guided vehicle (AGV) was invented back in 1953, while the first automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) was installed in the 1960s.
Warehouses are one of the most critical links in a supply chain. Storing and retrieving products to fulfil customers’ needs, wants and desires, your warehouse is the greatest tool you have to either satisfy, or totally disappoint, those who are eagerly waiting for their latest purchase.
During the CeMAT AUSTRALIA 2016 Exhibition, we spoke with Vivid Industrial’s Head of Business Development, Samuel Redmond about the future of industrial lighting and how they can save businesses costs in energy consumption and maintenance.
The digitisation of everything is upon us, so it’s now an imperative for businesses to digitise their manual processes to remain relevant to their customers.
“What do we need to do to help customers face the challenge of omni-channel?”
Michael Kemeny, Business Area Manager – Australia at Knapp posed this question at the CeMAT Knowledge Theatre to demonstrate the importance of placing customer demands at the heart of logistics automation.
When it comes to electricity costs within Australia, it’s easy to see why many people have taken a dim view.
Electricity prices have risen somewhat dramatically over the last ten years, with a 90% increase in costs from 2010 to 2015. That’s a period of just five years, and costs are still set to rise.
It might sound as though it comes straight from George Orwell’s 1984, but John Collyer, Country Manager at Apex Supply Chain Solutions has quite an interesting take on managing assets in distribution centres.
You may have heard about the Hawthorne effect before, but essentially it's “the alteration of behaviour by the subjects of a study due to their awareness of being observed.”