In the latest episode of The New Warehouse podcast, Kevin Lawton sits down with Guy Courtin, the VP of Industry and Advanced Technology at Tecsys. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Tecsys is a leading supply chain software provider specializing in solving complex warehouse and distribution challenges. In this episode, Guy shares his insights on warehouse automation, the evolving landscape of the industry, and the role Tecsys plays in helping businesses meet their customers’ needs.
The Spectrum of Automation Solutions
Many industry professionals hold misconceptions about the nature and extent of warehouse automation. Courtin emphasizes that a fully automated, lights-out warehouse is not the immediate reality for most businesses. Instead, he reveals the many automation solutions available for specific use cases within the warehouse. Companies can gradually introduce automation and acclimate their employees and systems to its benefits by starting with targeted automation implementations, such as automating dunnage movement.
Tackling Labor Hurdles with Tecsys
The mounting labor scarcity in the warehousing sector presents considerable roadblocks for businesses. In response to this pressing issue, warehouse managers increasingly turn to advanced automation strategies to enhance their workforce capabilities and streamline operations. Cutting-edge solutions such as Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) and Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) have captured the industry’s attention, serving as powerful allies to human labor and lightening the load on warehouse personnel. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to acknowledge that striking a balance between human-robot collaboration often yields better results than relying solely on full-scale automation. The true value lies in integrating automation selectively, creating a harmonious blend of human and robotic collaboration to address specific challenges and enhance operational efficiency.
Tecsys on Becoming a Trusted Advisor
Businesses are looking for guidance in navigating the diverse landscape of warehouse automation. Tecsys aims to be a trusted advisor for its customers, offering expertise, knowledge, and access to a broad network of automation vendors and industry experts. By organizing automation tours, Tecsys provides valuable insights into various automation solutions and helps customers understand the possibilities and limitations of each technology. This approach allows businesses to make informed decisions and tailor automation implementations to their needs.
- Start small and focused: Rather than striving for full automation, consider implementing targeted automation solutions that address specific pain points in your warehouse operations. This approach allows for incremental adoption of automation and smoother integration with existing workflows.
- Embrace collaboration between humans and robots: The goal of warehouse automation should not be to replace human workers but to enhance their capabilities and alleviate labor challenges. Successful automation strategies blend the strengths of both human and robotic workers to optimize productivity and efficiency.
- Seek expert advice and explore options: The vast automation landscape is constantly evolving. Engage with trusted advisors, industry experts, and vendors to comprehensively understand the available automation solutions. Automation tours, like the ones organized by Tecsys, offer valuable opportunities to explore different technologies and make informed decisions.
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