Tomorrow’s Warehouse: Partner Opinion
Adapting to a post COVID-19 era
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 on-line
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
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
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