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How Robots and Drones can streamline Supply Chain Network

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Autonomous robot and Drones are machines that are capable of performing tasks all by themselves which is why the buzz around its integration is justified. Its adoption has become essential because of the rising expense of skilled labors, and therefore organizations are seeking alternatives that can help them work smarter, faster and better.

The opportunities to integrate autonomous robots and drones can take place at any stage in the supply chain, lower costs, safer work environments, higher productivity levels, and enhanced efficiencies are a  few benefits that organizations are seeking form the robotic investments. Listed below are five instances wherein autonomous robots and drones can streamline the supply chain network.

1. Product development:  The autonomous robots perform continuous and repetitive tasks due to which product development and prototyping activities can be benefitted as these robots can work around-the-clock testing for damage and quality.  These enable product development professionals to work on more critical tasks.

2. Inventory management: With the introduction of aerial robots, the tasks produce more accurate supply-demand reconciliation, and replenishment needs thereby reducing on-hand inventory.

3. Warehouse operations: Autonomous drones are responsible for enhancing warehouse operations from carrying materials from storage to factory, transporting directly from receiving to shipping or significantly cutting on labor costs.

4. Accuracy in tedious tasks: Robotic process automation can reduce the efforts and time required for the completion of a task thereby improving the efficiency of mundane tasks. Moreover, these robots also perform inspections on inbound goods and also provide real-time data to its suppliers.

5. Shipment deliveries: Autonomous vehicles that are built with self-guiding abilities can reduce cross-docking times thereby enhancing accuracy and the rates of picking, sorting, packing and labeling of the items. This will eventually lead to increase the order rates and also improves the customer satisfaction levels.

For organizations, those haven’t integrated this technology; it’s high time to implement one. It may sound expensive for the startups that are just entering the market, but in the long run, they will reap the rewards for their investments and efforts.

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