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Adapting to a post COVID-19 era

03 August 2020

The COVID crisis is prompting companies to invest in automation and robotics to better manage operations, despite facing revenue declines resulting from the pandemic.

There are tens of thousands of new online customers who are likely to persist with the habit, long after lockdown has become a distant memory; new customers whom suppliers will be eager to hold on to. In addition, the need to comply with new social distancing directives, even after the crisis itself subsides, will prompt more industries to accelerate their use of automation.

The pandemic aside, there was always a broader labour force question when it came to manual picking in warehouses. Increasing labour shortages and costs suggest that warehouse operators will need to identify a way to work more efficiently and limit exposure to increasing labour costs. If logistics operations are to learn how to adapt to and maximise a new post COVID-19 economy, then order fulfilment strategies, based on automation and robotics, will be vital.

At Logistex we design & install automated storage and order fulfilment solutions for warehouse & distribution operations.

To achieve an adaptable warehouse means designing the most appropriate solution for the customer’s business. As an independent integrator Logistex is not tied to any specific manufacturer, but instead continues to develop strategic relationships with innovative technology providers worldwide.

An adaptable design needs to consider many factors including material flow, future growth, availability of resource and overall throughput requirements. The Logistex design team use their skill and experience to analyse these requirements, design the solution and prove its effectiveness through 3D simulation prior to implementation.

That said there is no sense in deploying islands of automation in a warehouse if the flow between them is not co-ordinated by a sophisticated warehouse execution system. Logistex’s LWS Reflex software seamlessly integrates point automation into an integrated solution whilst providing the management team clear real time visibility of the overall operation and comprehensive management information through its complementary Business Intelligence system Analytex.

A successful warehouse implementation doesn’t end at Take Over though and Tomorrow’s Warehouse needs to be able to rely on whole life support from their integrator. That can mean anything from regular preventative maintenance visits by field service engineers to full on site 24/7 residential support. Logistex’s Total Asset Care programme can combine this with regular solution audits as part of a continuous improvement programme, ensuring Tomorrow’s Warehouse remains the answer to supply chain problems, rather than the cause.

To ensure Tomorrow’s Warehouse meets the day after tomorrow’s needs, businesses must embrace adaptability, agility and innovation with an integration and service partner, not just an automation supplier. To arrange an exploratory discussion on how best to address these challenges within your business please contact: