424: Addressing Testing Challenges by Implementing Testing Automation in the Supply Chain Industry with Cycle Labs

In this episode of The New Warehouse Podcast, we had the pleasure of speaking with Josh Owen, the Co-Founder and CEO of Cycle Labs, a company dedicated to revolutionizing testing in the warehousing industry. Cycle Labs is at the forefront of revolutionizing warehouse testing. By embracing automation and efficient testing, businesses can overcome the challenges of system upgrades and thrive in an environment that demands adaptability and innovation. Join us as we delve into how Cycle Labs is making waves in warehouse testing, helping businesses overcome their fears and anxieties regarding system upgrades and enabling them to thrive in this ever-evolving field.

The Challenges of System Upgrades in Warehousing 

With his extensive experience in supply chain technology, Josh Owen recognizes the challenges that warehousing professionals face regarding system upgrades. He highlights, “Taking something as complicated as a warehouse management system and putting it into production can be trying times.” Manual testing, late nights, and weekend work become the norm, leading to burnout and increased risk. However, Josh emphasized that this is not a unique problem; many organizations share these challenges. It’s essential to understand that innovative solutions like Cycle Labs have addressed and solved these issues.

The Role of Automation in Testing 

Josh stressed how Cycle Labs helps clients automate various testing scenarios, from regression testing during system upgrades to ongoing validation of critical processes. “We give our clients the ability to focus on the things that improve those projects and solve some of those challenges by giving them their time back.” In this light, automation is transforming the way warehouse testing is approached, making it more efficient and less resource-intensive. Josh’s insights convey how businesses can benefit from this approach and allocate their resources more strategically.

The Impact of Testing Automation on the Warehousing Ecosystem 

By addressing the challenges of system upgrades and testing, Cycle Labs helps create smoother, more predictable relationships between systems integrators and their clients. Cycle Labs’ approach can lead to more frequent system upgrades, enhancing the overall competitiveness of warehousing businesses. Efficient testing can have a ripple effect, from fostering better relationships with OEMs to enabling businesses to embrace change and innovation.

Key Takeaways on Testing Automation

  • Efficient Testing Eases System Upgrades: Automation in testing alleviates the anxiety and resource drain associated with system upgrades. It allows businesses to confidently approach changes, knowing their critical processes are validated and error-free.
  • Resource Allocation and Collaboration: By automating testing, businesses can allocate their resources more strategically, reducing the pressure on employees who would otherwise spend weekends testing. Collaboration between different stakeholders in the warehousing ecosystem becomes smoother and more predictable.
  • Embracing Change and Innovation: Frequent system upgrades become more achievable, enabling businesses to adapt to the ever-changing warehousing landscape. This mindset shift can help organizations experiment, innovate, and stay competitive.

Listen to the episode below and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Guest Information

For more information on Cycle Labs, click here.

To connect with Josh on LinkedIn, click here.

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