Charlie Wilgus is the General Manager of the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Executive Search Division at Lucas Group, North America’s premier executive search firm.
“I’d want to know how it would impact…”
- Labor: Would efficiencies create a reduction of general labor force? Would it require more specialized labor force to manage/troubleshoot the automation?
- Order management: How would the automation tie into order management (think about interaction with SAP or something similar)? Existing technology? New technology?
- Supply chain: How would this flow down through transportation? Would it give increased visibility? What potential challenges would automation create? How would this impact the dock (unloading/loading challenges)?
I would also add that automation needs to be flexible to allow for the flow of product in an efficient manner throughout the warehouse without bogging down the process, thus adding inefficiencies and undue operating costs. Implementing a warehouse management system to manage the flow of goods is critical as well. Having the right plan and people in place in case your new automation system goes down is essential as well. Downtime without a plan and the right people can be extremely costly.
Read the entire article here: 6 River Systems, “26 Warehouse Pros Reveal The Most Important Factors To Consider When Moving To An Automated Warehouse,” by Will Allen