Don't Say "No" to Robots

Don't Say "No" to Robots

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Friday, June 28, 2019

The fear of robots replacing humans is arbitrary and absurd. Robotics brings forward the streamlining of processes and acts as a substitute for human counterparts in every business domain. 

FREMONT, CA: The workforce is not the only thing that has started to shrink. It has been found that nearly one-third of businesses are turning down new ventures because of the skilled labor shortage. The growth of e-commerce has enlarged the labor demand, specifically in distribution centers and warehouses. One way the market is trying to cope with the ever-increasing demand of laborers is through the implementation of automation and robotics.

The adoption of adoption has risen steadily over the past years, as organizations face increased demands to cut costs, deal with the workforce shortage, and supply an optimal customer experience (CX). A 2019 study by Deloitte has found that more than 53 percent of respondents are implementing some structure of automation in their operations, with another 22 percent planning to employ over the next two years.

Robotics is a popular form of automation due to its adaptability, affordability, and effectiveness. Its applications extend across the whole supply chain, from packing to transportation. Robotic solutions also provide rapid deployment and scalability, with every typical installation going live within just a few months.

The cost savings connected to robots are very lucrative to organizations. In addition to executing loads of tasks faster than their human equivalents, robots can reduce costs linked with employee overtime. Automation and robotics are also aiding organizations address continuously growing customer demands. Customers expect rapid acquirement of products with free-shipping attributes. As enterprises compete to provide the best CX, robotics and automation offer a speedy and cost-effective solution to many of today’s needs.

Robotics’ rising status extends beyond the e-commerce scenario. Small and medium retailers and manufacturers, as well as grocery store owners, are also implementing the use of robotics in both store operations and warehouses. While robots will never wholly substitute humans in the domain of supply chain, they have demonstrated to be a precious element to existing processes.

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